Tributes to Fallen Friends

Maj. Ed Freeman

August 22, 2008

An American hero crossed the river this morning bound for Fiddlers Green:

Maj. Ed (Too Tall to Fly) Freeman (Medal of Honor, Ia Drang Valley) died in a Boise hospital where he had been in intensive care and on life support for a number of days.

Ed was great company in a foxhole or a watering hole, and a great loyal friend of everyone who ever spent time around him.

Ed's best friend for only about 60 years, Bruce (Old Snake) Crandall, and Bruce's wife Arlene spent time with Ed saying their goodbyes--and continuing their long-running argument over which of them was the Second Best Pilot in the World-- last week.

Bruce told Ed that to prove he was the BPITW Bruce would get a chopper for the burial and sling-load Ed's coffin right into the grave.

We all mourn the loss of one of the Cavalry's two best pilots in the world.

Details of funeral home, funeral arrangements etc. are below.

Joe Galloway

Funeral Home: Alden Waggoner Funeral Home
5400 Clearview Ave
Boise, Id 83736

Memorial Service: Saturday August 23 at 1PM at the Capitol Christian Center at
Eagle and Fairview Road, Boise, Id

Interment: National Cemetery in Boise
Freddie J.

Richard Rescorla

Cyril Richard 'Rick' Rescorla
Born May 27, 1939  (Hale, Cornwall, England)
Died September 11, 2001 (World Trade Center, New York, NY)

Dean Meyers

Dean Harold Meyers
Died October 9, 2002

Mary Edwards Black

Mary Edwards Black passed away on February 7, 2006 at the age of 81. Mary was Charlie Black's wife during the time that Charlie was in Vietnam writing for the Columbus Ledger Inquirer. She raised two daughters, Tracy and Charlene, and helped provide support to the families of the First Cav soldiers deployed in Vietnam.

Mary was a significant contributor to the legacy of Charlie. It was Mary who diligently clipped his articles from the newspaper and maintained them for nearly forty years until we could get them up on . Without that effort, we would not have access to his writings as they disappeared from the archives of the newspaper shortly after his death.

An interesting story about Mary is that Col. Stockton named the first "hot" landing zone of the war,LZ Mary, after her. Charlie was on the first helicopter with Stockton, who asked Charlie his wife's name. Stockton figured that any reporter as crazy as Charlie deserved the honor.
We ask that anyone with any thoughts, stories or recollections of Mary either email them to Tracy at  or place them on the "Guestbook" at .

Thank you;
Michael P. Enders

Bill Mullins

Received word from Connie Mullins that her husband Bill, A Co. 1/7 Cav 65-66, passed away at 4:30pm today (May 4, 2006) at home.

He had been hospitalized multiple times in recent months with congestive heart failure, pneumonia and strokes.

The funeral will likely be held on Saturday (May 6, 2006) in Dayton, OH.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's memory be made to the Ia Drang Scholarship Fund:

c/o 1st Cav Foundation
302 N. Main St.
Copperas Cove, TX 76522

Cards to:
The Mullins Family
4725 Willowview Drive
Dayton, OH 45439

Larry Estelle

Our Airborne /Ranger Brother Larry Estelle, a veteran of two Wars passed away Saturday at the age of 74. Larry was known and loved by all who knew him, he was my buddy, we always sat next to each other at the Airborne Walk meetings or any other Airborne event we attended together. He will be missed by the
Airborne/Ranger Community and his 1st Cav. (1/12) Vietnam, 2nd ABN/RGR CO Korea
blue skies forever Brother,

Duke DuShane

Progressive Funeral Home
4235 St. Mary's Road
Columbus ,GA.

All The Way Brigade

Received this from Duke Dushane A & C Co. 2/8 th (ABN) 65-66.

I also remember Sergeant Estelle , he was the most memorable and feared of all the Black Hat TAC NCO's I encountered when I went thru Jump School in November of 64 . All of us in the class nicknamed him " Drop -Drop Estelle " . I can still see him pointing at me with his face scowling and roaring at the top of his lungs drop - drop . At the Benning reunion a group of were standing around at the jump school talking about the things we remembered most of our jump school days . I mentioned the thing I renumbered most was a Black Hat NCO we called Drop Drop Estelle , Duke nudged me and said pointing thru the crowd , "there he is if want to say hello " . I walked thru the crowd and although it had been 42 years stood once again in front of a legend .A great soldier !

Garry Bowles
A Co 2/8th (ABN)

COL (ret) K.D. Mertel

Gentlemen and Ladies of the Jumping Mustangs,

Below is the announcement of the passing of our esteemed leader and great friend Col. Kenneth Mertel. He now has joined all the other troopers who have proceeded us. We bow our heads and give thanks to God that we had the opportunity to serve and know this great man. May he rest in peace.


My father-in-law, COL (ret) K.D. Mertel, passed away peacefully last night at 2130.  (October, 2006)

My wife, his only child, is making arrangements. We are planning a memorial service at St. John's Episcopal Church in Hampton, VA on 24 October. You can contact her at 757-650-8021 (cell).

Best regards,

Michael F. Cochrane, Ph.D.
US Joint Forces Command
Joint Experimentation Directorate (J9)
Voice: (757) 203-5131
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