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April 01, 2008

Freedom Never Cries

Please watch this new video and $1 goes to Operation Homefront, a great charity for that assists our troops and their families, until they hit 30K. The song is from John Ondrasik's Five for Fighting. The man portraying the pawn shop owner behind the counter is a Distinguished Medal of Honor Recipient from the Vietnam War, Fred Ferguson.

Chief Warrant Officer Ferguson was commander of a re-supply helicopter monitoring an emergency call from wounded passengers and crewmen of a downed helicopter under heavy attack within the enemy controlled city of Hue during the Tet Offensive. He unhesitatingly volunteered to attempt evacuation. Despite warnings from all aircraft to stay clear of the area due to heavy antiaircraft fire, Ferguson began a low-level flight at maximum airspeed along the Perfume River toward the tiny, isolated South Vietnamese Army compound in which the crash survivors had taken refuge. Coolly and skillfully maintaining his course in the face of intense, short range fire from enemy occupied buildings and boats, he displayed superior flying skill and tenacity of purpose by landing his aircraft in an extremely confined area in a blinding dust cloud under heavy mortar and small-arms fire. Although the helicopter was severely damaged by mortar fragments during the loading of the wounded, he disregarded the damage and, taking off through the continuing hail of mortar fire, flew his crippled aircraft on the return route through the rain of fire that he had experienced earlier and safely returned his wounded passengers to friendly control.

Fred Ferguson joined the Arizona National Guard after earning the Medal of Honor on active duty.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

Posted by Wild Thing at April 1, 2008 12:47 AM


I hope they can get some more sponsers. What a great video. Thanks for theheads up on this Mark and WT.

And thank you Fred Ferguson for your brave service.

Posted by: TomR at April 1, 2008 08:37 AM

Thank you Mark and WT. If that video doesn't move you nothing ever will.

Thank you Fred Ferguson.

Posted by: Jack at April 1, 2008 01:58 PM

Some people get it and some people don't. It is unfortunate that so many people don't get it and trash the country and those that defend it. Eternal thanks to those who love the flag and do all that they can to preserve our many freedoms.

Posted by: Les at April 1, 2008 03:18 PM

Tom I hope so too, this is so special.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 1, 2008 07:53 PM

Jack, I agree, and how neat that the man in it is a Vet. I love that part so much.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 1, 2008 07:54 PM

Les, very true, and those that don't are half alive is how I look at them.Just sleep walking on this earth and not appreciating the depth of why they are free.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 1, 2008 07:55 PM

Great video! I didn't know that the man playing the pawn shop owner is a CMH recipient! Now, I notice that it's his picture in the frame next to the TV.

I heard the actor playing the young man is a former Marine.

Posted by: Trypto98 at April 4, 2008 07:06 PM