Freed graduated from Gallatin Tennessee High School at age 17, and was appointed, attended, and graduated from West Point in 1946 when he was 20 years old. After graduating from West Point, Dr. Freed was commissioned in the Infantry. He served overseas for a total of seven years, including Japan, Germany, Iran, Korea, and Vietnam. While overseas, he had troop duty in the 26th, 27th, 32nd, and 35th Infantry Regiments and 1st, 7th, and 25th Army divisions. He attended and taught at the Infantry School, Fort Benning, GA, attended the Army Command and Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS, and the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL. He was aide to the Assistant Division Commander of the 17th Airborne Division, a training division in the US, and aide to the head of the Military Advisory Mission in Tehran, Iran.