[Seips club news] CPT Ed Freeman

B Co 1st Bn 75th Rangers b175ranger6 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 3 21:54:09 CST 2014


Rex,  Thanks for the posting.  He was a great American.        Jim....

*More Info*

He retired from the military in 1969.  Freeman and his family settled in
the Treasure Valley <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasure_Valley> area of
Idaho <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idaho>, his wife Barbara's home state.  He
continued to work as a pilot. He flew helicopters for another 20 years,
fighting wildfires, conducting animal censuses, and herding wild horses for
the Department of the
Interior<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_the_Interior>until
his second retirement in 1991.  By
then, he had 17,000 flight hours in helicopters, 22,000 overall.
Death and legacy

Freeman died on August 20, 2008 due to complications from Parkinson's
disease <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkinson%27s_disease>.  He was
buried with full military honors at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in
Boise <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boise,_Idaho>.

In the 2002 film *We Were Soldiers
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Were_Soldiers>*, which depicted the Battle
of Ia Drang <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Ia_Drang>, Freeman was
portrayed by Mark McCracken <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_McCracken>.
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