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You’re a 19 year old kid.
You’re critically wounded and dying in the jungle somewhere in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam
It’s November 11, 1967.
LZ (landing zone) X-ray.
Your unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense from 100 yards away, that your CO (commanding officer) has ordered the 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 half 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.
You look up to see a Huey coming in. But… It doesn’t seem real because no MedEvac markings are on it.
Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you.
He’s not MedEvac so it’s not his job, but he heard the radio call and decided he’s flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway.
Even after the MedEvacs 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 3 of you at a time on board.
Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire to the doctors and nurses and safety.
And, he kept coming back!! 13 more times!! Until all the wounded were out. No one knew until the mission was over that the Captain had been hit 4 times in the legs and left arm.
He took 29 of you and your buddies out that day. Some would not have made it without the Captain and his Huey.
Medal of Honor Recipient, Captain Ed Freeman, United States Air Force,
died last Wednesday at the age of 80, in Boise, Idaho
May God Bless and Rest His Soul.
Honor this real hero.
Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson &
The cities of Placentia, Fullerton and Brea
Cordially invites you to honor the 66 Fallen Military Heroes of Orange County
Tri City Park
2301 N. Kraemer Blvd.
Placentia, CA 92870
November 11, 2011 @2pm-5pm
American Patriotic Songs and Instrumentals by Rose Drive Friends Church 60-member choir
Honor Guard and Parents escort by St. Catherine’s Military Academy
First Candle Lighting by Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
Staff Sgt Walt Ehlers honoring his fallen brother, Roland, KIA June 6, 1944
Bagpipes and Drum Team, 21 Gun Salute, Taps
Eternal Flame Lighting by Richard Carroll – Vietnam Veterans of America
Free Public Parking at Tuffree Middle School
Bathrooms – Handicap Parking – Police Security
Event Coordinator: Steve Spernak Office of Supervisor Shawn Nelson
Gathering of the Crosses – Presented by Chuck Morse
First Women in the Military:
Joan of Arc (Jean D’Arc) (1429) – Helps lead the French army in forming a nation
Queen Elizabeth I (1588) – Leads the English military against the Spanish Armada
Margaret Corbin (1779): Fought with her husband at Fort Washington
Elizabeth Newcom (1846): Enlists during Spanish-American War
Dr. Mary E. Walker (1860s): First woman to receive The Medal of Honor as surgeon during Civil War.
Navy Petty Officer,
(Petty Officer, Second Class)
(Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Second Class)
April 5th, 1981 ~ September 29th, 2009
Mike Monsoor, was awarded “The Congressional Medal Of Honor” for giving his life in Iraq, as he jumped on, and covered with his body, a live hand grenade, saving the lives of a large group of Navy Seals that was passing by!
During Mike Monsoor’s funeral, at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, in San Diego , California, the six pallbearers removed the rosewood casket from the hearse, and lined up on each side of Mike Monsoor’s casket, were his family members, friends, fellow sailors, and well-wishers.
The column of people continued from the hearse, all the way to the grave site.
What the group didn’t know at the time was, every Navy Seal (45 to be exact) that Mike Monsoor saved that day was scattered throughout the column!
As the pallbearers carried the rosewood casket down the column of people to the grave side, the column would collapse which formed a group of people that followed behind.
Every time the rosewood casket passed a Navy Seal, he would remove his gold Trident Pin from his uniform, and slap it down hard, causing the gold Trident Pin to embed itself into the top of the wooden casket! Then the Navy Seal would step back from the column, and salute!
Now for those who don’t know what a Trident Pin is, here is the definition!
After one completes the Basic Navy Seals Program which lasts for three weeks, and is followed by Seal Qualification Training, which is 15 more weeks of training, necessary to continue improving basic skills and to learn new tactics and techniques, required for an assignment to a Navy Seal platoon.
After successful completion, trainees are given their Naval Enlisted Code, and are awarded the Navy Seal Trident Pin. With this gold pin they are now officially Navy Seals!
It was said that you could hear each of the 45 slaps from across the cemetery!
By the time the rosewood casket reached the grave site, it looked as though it had a gold inlay from the 45 Trident Pins that lined the top!
This was a fitting end to an eternal send-off for a warrior hero!
Army Spc. Michael A. Dahl Jr.
Born March 21, 1986 (Beaumont, California)
Died October 17, 2009 (Argahndab, Afghanistan)
17th Infantry Regiment
5th Stryker Brigade
2nd Infantry Division
Fort Lewis, Washington
The man who his fellow soldiers described as honest, humble, caring, fun-loving and easy-going died October 17, 2009, in Argahndab, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when his vehicle was struck by a improvised explosive device, also known as an IED or roadside bomb. He first served in Iraq as a member of the Army Reserve. He took an Arabic class at Riverside Community College before heading to Baghdad. When he returned from combat, he chose to sign up for active duty and was deployed to Afghanistan. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal — Mobilized, Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is survived by his father, Mike, his mother, Patricia, and his brother Angel in California.
His body went from Afghanistan, through Al Udib Air Base in Qatar to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware where it was received by his family. From there it was flown to March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley, CA, and sent to Weaver Mortuary, which is just two blocks from his childhood home in Beaumont, CA. His final resting place is at is at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.
At a ceremony held at Fort Lewis held in honor of Army Spc. Michael A. Dahl Jr., several soldiers left dog tags or coins imprinted with the name of Dahl’s unit. Several women left white roses.
In Beaumont, CA, the name of native son Michael Dahl, Jr. will forever be etched on the veteran’s memorial wall in the town where he grew up before making the ultimate sacrifice for his country. On Memorial Day 2010, the U.S. Army Specialist will be honored when his name becomes the 204th inscribed on the Beaumont Veterans Memorial — a living tribute to local members of the Armed Forces who have defended our country’s freedom.