Major Ed "Too Tall" Freeman was born November 20, 1927 in Neely, Mississippi. After serving two years in the Navy, he switched to the Army and became a pilot. During the Vietnam War, he served as a flight leader and second in command of a sixteen-helicopter lift unit. A recipient of the Medal of Honor, Freeman saved thirty lives in fourteen rescue missions, which he flew using an unarmed helicopter when medevac refused to fly to landing zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley in 1965. His story was told in the book and later the film "We Were Soldiers." Freeman passed away August 20, 2008.