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Old 07-08-2009, 10:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default I'm Sick of Wacko Jacko Let's Honor A Real Hero & Icon

I'm so tired of hearing about this freaks death if anyone cares here is a letter that was written about Ed McMahon who also passed but with much less fanfare then the "king of pop" really makes me think about the values and what is important to the masses of this GREAT country that we live in:

COLONEL ED HAS DIED

He wanted to be a Marine fighter pilot. The US was building up their
military force, but they were not at war yet and the Navy required all its
potential Navy and Marine pilots to have two years of college. So Ed started
classes at Boston College .

When Pearl Harbor was attacked the Army and the Navy both dropped the
college requirement and Ed applied to the Marines. His primary flight
training was in Dallas and then he went to Pensacola , Florida . He was
carrier qualified, which means he knew how to perform a controlled crash of his single engine fighter, onto the rolling deck of a Navy floating runway.
It took Ed almost two years to get through all the Navy flight training.
His problem was he was a very good pilot and the Marines needed flight
instructors. He had a great command presence and public speaking ability,
which landed him in the classroom, training new baby Marine pilots.

His orders to the Pacific fleet and the chance to fly combat missions off
a carrier came in the spring of 1945, on the same day the Atomic bomb was
dropped on Hiroshima Of course his orders where changed. He never went
to sea and he was out of the Marines in 1946.

Ed stayed in the USMC as a reserve officer. He became a successful
personality in the new TV medium, after the war. His Marine command presence helped. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He never got to fly his fighter aircraft, but he saw his share of raw combat. He flew the Cessna O-1E Bird Dog, which is a single engine slow-moving unarmed plane. He functioned as an artillery spotter for the Marine batteries on the ground and as a forward controller for the Navy & Marine fighter / bombers who flew in on fast moving jet engines, bombed the area and were gone in seconds. Captain Ed was still circling the enemy looking for more targets, all the time taking North Korean and Chinese ground fire.

He stayed with the Marines as a reserve officer and retired in 1966 as a
Colonel. The world knows Ed as Ed McMahon of the Johnny Carson, Tonight Show. One night I was watching the show when the subject of Colonel McMahon earning a number of Navy Air Medals came up. Carson, a former Navy officer, understood the significance of these medals, but McMahon shrugged it off, saying that if you flew enough combat missions they just sort of gave them to you. McMahon flew 85 combat missions over North Korea ; he earned every one of those Air Medals. The casualty rate, for flying forward air controllers in Korea sometimes exceeded 50% of a squadron’s manpower. McMahon was lucky to have gotten home from that war. Once a Marine, always a Marine.

When the public was spitting (taking their personal safety into their own
hands) at Marines on the streets of Southern California during Vietnam ,
Colonel McMahon was taking Marines off the streets and into his posh Beverly Hills home. I spoke to a retired Marine aircrew member the day Colonel McMahon died and he personally remembered seeing McMahon at numerous Marine Air Bases in California in the 1960s. He was known for going to the Navy hospitals and visiting the wounded Marines and Sailors from this country’s conflicts , even in the last years of his life.

Colonel McMahon presented awards and decorations to fellow Marines and
attended many a Marine ceremony and the annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball. He stayed true to his Corps as a board member of the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund and as the honorary chairman of the National Marine Corps Aviation Museum . After retiring from the Marine Reserve, one night on the Johnny Carson show, members of the California Air National Guard came on stage.

Colonel McMahon was commissioned a Brigadier General in the Air Guard in
front of millions of Americans who watched it happen live. You will not see
anything like that on TV anymore.

The three core values of a United States Marine are; honor, courage and
commitment. This is what a Marine is taught from the first day of training
and this is what that Marine believes. That was Colonel Edward P. McMahon
Jr. USMCR Retired. Before he was a national figure he was a true combat
hero and a patriot the nation needed then and this country needs now.

Your war is over. Thank you Colonel McMahon. Semper Fi sir.
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AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!
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Ron, Thank you for a great read! The thing about true heroes is that you often never know their story until after they have passed.
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Hey Ron. Great post! I'll be honest with you. I didn't know that whole story. Good to know. Thanks.
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Hey Ron. Great post! I'll be honest with you. I didn't know that whole story. Good to know. Thanks.
glad you guys appreciated the post with all the hoopla surrounding freak shows death, i thought maybe we should honor a real man in his passing
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Thanks for starting this post Ron. Here is another one I received:

Ed Freeman

You're a 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Na Drang Valley ,

11-14-1965, LZ X-ray , 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 MediVac 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 1/2 way 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 an un-armed 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 Recipient, Ed Freeman,died last Wednesday at the age of 80, in Boise , ID .......

May God rest his soul......

I bet you didn't hear about this hero's

passing, but we sure were told a whole

bunch about Michael Jackson.











Medal of Honor Winner

Ed Freeman!

Shame on the American Media
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wow...that one choked me up
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Nice reads you guys, very nice indeed.
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wow...that one choked me up
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Wow that was really sad...
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touching but not sad, he was a soldier, he killed the enemy he was doing his job, i salute him for that
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touching but not sad, he was a soldier, he killed the enemy he was doing his job, i salute him for that
I don't think thats the sad part... the sad part is when the daughter of the soldier he killed cries in his arms after he gives her a picture of the man he killed.
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I don't think thats the sad part... the sad part is when the daughter of the soldier he killed cries in his arms after he gives her a picture of the man he killed.
like i said touching not sad IMO
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I can respect that opinion.
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