The Braden Files
Curiosities of mathematics, history, parachuting, etc……

Ed Freeman

Ed Freeman
You’re an 18 or 19 year old kid.
You’re critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley, 11-14-1965. LZ Xray, Vietnam.

Your Infantry Unit is outnumbered 8 – 1, and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the Medi-Vac helicopters to stop coming in.

You’re lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you’re not getting out.

Your family is halfway around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you’ll never see them again.

As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.

Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter, and you look up to see a
Huey, but it doesn’t seem real, because no Medi-Vac markings are on it.

Ed Freeman is coming for you.

He’s not Medi-Vac, so it’s not his job, but he’s flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire, after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come.

He’s coming anyway.

And he drops it in, and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 2 or 3 of you on board.

Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire, to the Doctors and Nurses.

And, he kept coming back…… 13 more times….. and took about 30 of you and your buddies out, who would never have gotten out.

Medal of Honor Winner Ed Freeman died Aug 20 at 80, in Boise, ID.

None of that is Hollywood fiction!

God Bless Ed Freeman.

So how would you pronounce this child’s name: “Le-a” ???

Leah?? NO
Lee – A?? NOPE
Lay – a?? NO
Lei?? Guess Again.

It’s pronounced “Ledasha”. Yes…you read it right.

This child attends a school in Livingston Parish, LA. Her mother is irate because everyone is getting her name wrong. SO, if you see something come across your desk like this please remember to pronounce it correctly.

When the mother was asked about the pronunciation of the name, she said “the dash don’t be silent.”

If Barack Obama would apply for a job with the FBI or with the Secret Service, he would be disqualified because of his past association with William Ayers, a known terrorist.

If he is elected President he would not qualify to be his own body guard!
(and the majority of the people don’t care)

“A bureaucrat is the most despicable of men, though he is needed as vultures are needed, but one hardly admires vultures whom bureaucrats so strangely resemble. I have yet to meet a bureaucrat who was not petty, dull, almost witless, crafty or stupid, an oppressor or a thief, a holder of little authority in which he delights, as a boy delights in possessing a vicious dog. Who can trust such creatures?”

Marcus Tullius Cicero

What a lot of absolute crap. The only way to learn to land an airplane is to practice it, over and over again. Landing is the hardest part of flying, and it takes eight or ten hours to learn how to land even the simplest of airplanes, let alone a complicated multi-engine aircraft. Besides this, whoever wrote it wasn’t even a pilot. Jambing the nosewheel down on the runway would snap it off. The stick should be full back and the airplane stalled just above the runway or you will bounce right back up into the air. There are 12 things you must do to get a B-25 down on the ground…I had 250 hours as a pilot and it still took me about five hours of sweating hard to learn how to land a B-25. And the Mitchell is a lot simpler than a jet!

I flew quite a bit with bush pilots up in Canada with my Dad’s comany when I was in high school. Some executives would take the controls for a few hours to learn how to get the plane down in one piece if the pilot had a heart attack or something. Nobody ever got really proficient though…it is too much work to learn how to do.



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