|Birth: ||Oct. 3, 1975|
|Death: ||Sep. 4, 2006|
El Paso County
On Monday, July 31st, 2006, Mike suffered a massive stroke in the brain stem. Mike survived, but suffered "locked-in" syndrome. For more than a month he fought on, slowly making progess. On Sunday, September 3rd, Mike suffered a second stroke, claiming most of his brain functions. At 5:00 PM, on Monday, September 4th, 2006, Mikey passed away peacefully - surrounded by family and friends.
Michael John Freeman was 30 years old.
As a youngster, Michael faced many difficulties in life. And yet he persevered. He found his stride in the Navy. His list of accomplishments in the Navy is truly distinguished. He quickly earned his Wings of Gold and qualified as a jet engine mechanic, Plane Captain and Naval Aircrewman in three different helicopters.
Additionally, he was hand selected as a both a Helicopter Inland Rescue Aircrewman and Rescue Swimmer. His record is full of 4.0 exams and flight evaluations, culminating with his earning his EAWS wings. And to no one's surprise, Mike received an outstanding on his Physical Readiness Tests. It's a safe bet that Mike pumped more iron at Whidbey Island than most of us pump in a lifetime. If you've ever split wood, you know what a wedge is. Mike had the silhouette of a wedge, possessing overwhelming strength. I'm afraid with him gone, GNC protein stock might never recover.
Mike was a real work horse in the Search and Rescue hangar. The image of him completing an inspection on a Knighthawk helicopter against a darkened sky is seared in many of our memories. It was too dark to see his face, but based on the shoulders being twice the size of his waist, you knew it was Aviation Warfare Systems Operator Michael Freeman.
And when you later launched into that night sky, it was comforting to know that Michael was onboard and had signed off the inspections.
The tone in his voice during dynamic situations in the air is the same tone that orders a glass of iced tea. He embodied grace under pressure. He also could always be counted on for sage and honest advice. As his shipmates can attest, be careful bouncing a girlfriend problem off of him, he might just side with your girlfriend.
Perhaps his greatest asset, Mike possessed a positive, can-do attitude towards everything.
He was an outstanding naval aircrewman, loyal friend, loving brother, and faithful son.
His legacy and can-do attitude will always endure. We miss you Mike. God bless.
Created by: Dan Arnes
Record added: Mar 18, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 106906040
Rest in Peace fellow Whidbey Angel|
Added: Mar. 18, 2013