10th Anniversary Giveaway!

On April 30th, it will be ten years since the "W2LJ - QRP - Do More With Less" blog was born.

In appreciation for all who read this blog, I am going to give something away to one lucky reader. I have a new, mint condition, unused, complete sheet of fifty United States Amateur Radio stamps, issued in 1964 on the 50th Anniversary of the ARRL - Scott #1260. I am going to have the sheet matted and framed - ready for display on some deserving shack wall. All I ask is that you send an e-mail to w2lj@arrl.net - entitled "Blog Anniversary Giveaway". Include your name, call sign and mailing address.

Any Amateur Radio op worldwide can enter. I will package and ship the framed stamps to any destination that the United States Post Office will accept.

The names and call signs will be loaded into a software program such as RandomPicker on April 30th and a winner will be determined. The winner will be announced here, and then the framed stamps will be posted.

Good luck, and thank you for reading!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Ed Freeman

A friend sent me this today - found it in my e-mail. I checked this one out on Snopes.com.

It's true.

Ed Freeman


You're an 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia 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 some Hip-Hop rap singer coward beating the crap out of his "girlfriend".

Shame on the American Media!


Blogger's Note: This account it true; however, Ed Freeman passed away in August of 2008. We surely could use more American heroes like Ed!


73 de Larry W2LJ


1 comment:

KG2V said...

He was a real Hero - if you want to read the story of LZ X-ray, and the rest of the battle, get yourself a copy of "We were soldiers once... and young"

The photo on the cover is Rick Rescorla, who was Morgan Stanley's security director on 9/11 - was killed when the towers came down

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Rescorla

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Ia_Drang