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Easy Company (20 July 1942 in Camp Toccoa, Georgia – 30 November 1945 in France) was in the United States Army's 2nd Battalion (which also included Dog and Fox Company), 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.[1][2]

The unit was made famous by the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, based on the book of the same name by historian Stephen Ambrose. It chronicled their wartime experiences, from Easy's basic training at Toccoa, Georgia, through the American airborne landings in Normandy, Operation Market Garden, the Battle of Bastogne and on to the end of the war at Hitler's Eagle Nest.

Living E Company members – 1 veteran

As of December 3, 2021 there is no more surviving officers from Easy Company, the last one being Col. Edward Shames.

As of December 3, 2021 Bradford C Freeman is still a surviving veteran[3]

Rank (after discharge) Birthplace Name Birth Enlistment Death (age) Residence Notes
US Army WWII T5C.svg Technician 5th Grade Oregon Bain, Roderick G. 12 May 1922 19 Aug 1942 5 Feb 2014

(91)

 Alaska Enlisted at Tacoma, Washington. Fought at Normandy, the Netherlands, and Bastogne. Lived in Anchorage.[4][5][6][7]
US Army WWII PFC.svg Private First Class New York Bernat, Edward J. 17 Jan 1923 23 May 1942 2 Jun 2016

(93)

 Pennsylvania Enlisted at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Lived in Erie.
US Army WWII CPL.svg Corporal Oregon Bond, Donald S. 29 Jan 1926 10 May 1944 2016

(90)

 Oregon Enlisted at Tacoma, Washington. Trained at Camp Roberts, California. Replacement soldier. Lived in Albany.[8][9][10]
US Army WWII SGT.svg Sergeant Texas Coombs, James M. 1 Jan 1922 5 Oct 2017

(95)

 Louisiana Trained At Camp Toccoa.Fought At Normandy, the Netherlands, and Bastogne. Lived in Lafayette.
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US Army WWII PFC.svg Private First Class Mississippi Freeman, Bradford C. 4 Sep 1924 Age: 97

Last surviving enlisted veteran (as of 03-10-2020)

 Mississippi Lives in Caledonia
US Army WWII CPL.svg Corporal Alabama Lowrey, Dewitt 22 Apr 1922 2 Aug 1942 8 Jul 2015

(93)

 Alabama Enlisted at Anniston, Alabama. Fought at Normandy. Lived in Montgomery.[11][12][13]
US Army WWII TSGT.svg Technical Sergeant Oregon Malarkey, Donald G. 31 Jul 1921 28 Aug 1942 20 Sep 2017

(96)

 Oregon Enlisted at Portland, Oregon. Fought at Normandy, the Netherlands, and Bastogne. Lived in Salem.[14][15][16]
US Army WWII SSGT.svg Staff Sergeant Illinois Mampre, Albert L. 25 May 1922 31 May 2019

(97)

 Illinois Trained at Camp Toccoa. Fought at the Netherlands, and Bastogne. Lives in Skokie.[17][18][19][20][21][22]
US Army WWII SSGT.svg Staff Sergeant Matz, Leo Joseph 24 May 1925 3 Jul 2012

(87)

 California
US Army WWII PFC.svg Private First Class California Pepping, Edwin E. 4 Jul 1922 3 Sep 1942 5 Sep 2018

(96)

 California Enlisted at Los Angeles, California. Trained at Camp Toccoa. Fought at Normandy. Rescued soldier on 7 June 1944. Lives in Whittier.[23][24][25][26]
US Army WWII PFC.svg Private First Class New York Perugini, Philip P. 26 May 1922 24 Aug 1942 9 Aug 2018

(96)

 New York Enlisted at New York City, New York. Broke his leg on the D-Day Jump. Lives in Ossining.
US Army WWII 1SGT.svg First Sergeant Missouri Rogers, Paul Clifford 12 Jul 1918 13 Aug 1942 16 Mar 2015

(96)

 Kansas Enlisted at Leavenworth. Fought at Normandy, the Netherlands, and Bastogne. Lives in Overland Park.[27]
US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel Virginia Shames, Edward David 13 Jun 1922 22 Sep 1942 3 Dec 2021 (99)  Virginia Enlisted on 25 September 1942 at Richmond, Virginia. Lives in Virginia Beach.
US Army WWII SSGT.svg Staff Sergeant Minnesota Soboleski, Frank Joseph 18 Jun 1925 Aug 1943 22 May 2017

(91)

 Minnesota Trained at Fort McClellan, Alabama. Replacement soldier. Fought at the Netherlands, and Bastogne. Lives in International Falls.[28][29][30]
US Army WWII SSGT.svg Staff Sergeant Pennsylvania Strohl, Roderick G. 24 Jun 1922 8 Aug 1942 2 Dec 2019

(97)

 Pennsylvania Enlisted at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lives in Orefield.[31]
US Army WWII PFC.svg Private First Class Illinois Suerth, Jr., Herbert John 28 Oct 1924 Mar 1943 14 Oct 2017

(92)

 Minnesota Trained at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Replacement soldier. Fought at Bastogne. Lives in Wayzata.[32][33][34]
US Army WWII SGT.svg Sergeant Michigan Tipper, Edward Joseph 3 Aug 1921 24 Aug 1942 10 Feb 2017

(95)

 Colorado Enlisted at Detroit, Michigan. Trained at Camp Toccoa. Fought at Normandy. Lives in Lakewood.[35][36][37][38]
US Army WWII PFC.svg Private First Class Washington Wingett, William T. 3 Jul 1922 Aug 1942 1 Oct 2020

(98)

 Oregon Enlisted at San Francisco. Trained at Camp Toccoa. Fought at Normandy, the Netherlands, and Bastogne. Lived in Lebanon, OR Veterans Home.[39][40][41][42]
Private West Virginia Whytsell, Elijah D. 31 May 1925 16 Dec 1943 16 Sep 2016

(91)

 Ohio Enlisted at Clarksburg, West Virginia. Lives in Wadsworth.

[43][44]

See also

References

  1. Ambrose, p.289
  2. Moore III, Hoyt B.. "2nd Battalion 506th Infantry: Lineage and Honors". 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment. http://www.506infantry.org/index.htm. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  3. https://abc3340.com/news/local/94-year-old-veteran-embarks-on-trip-back-to-normandy-for-75th-anniversary-of-d-day
  4. Brotherton, p.28.
  5. Brotherton, p.101.
  6. Ambrose, p.314.
  7. Brotherton, pp.216–217.
  8. Brotherton, p.26.
  9. Brotherton, pp.74–79.
  10. Brotherton, p.219.
  11. Brotherton, p.6.
  12. Brotherton, pp.99–102.
  13. Brotherton, pp.219–221.
  14. Malarkey, p.12.
  15. Malarkey, p.100.
  16. Malarkey, p.281.
  17. Brotherton, p.17.
  18. Brotherton, pp.49–52.
  19. Brotherton, p.98.
  20. Brotherton, p.127.
  21. Brotherton, pp.152–153.
  22. Brotherton, pp.218–219.
  23. Brotherton, p.22.
  24. Brotherton, pp.52–53.
  25. Brotherton, p.111.
  26. Brotherton, p.218.
  27. Purinton, Cait (10 July 2001). "HBO miniseries premiere spurs D-Day memories". The Kansas City Star. http://www.tircuit.com/bandofbrothers/messages/135/785.html?1029780467. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  28. Brotherton, pp.12–13.
  29. Brotherton, pp.66–67.
  30. Brotherton, pp.212–214.
  31. Brotherton, p.20.
  32. Brotherton, pp.17–19.
  33. Brotherton, p.68.
  34. Brotherton, pp.151–153.
  35. "Ed Tipper". Men of Easy Company. http://www.menofeasycompany.com/home/index.php?page_id=48. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  36. Ambrose, pp.96–97.
  37. Brotherton, pp.9–11.
  38. Brotherton, pp.44–47.
  39. Graves, Lyn (7 July 2006). "Band of Brothers Span Generations". News Blaze. http://newsblaze.com/story/20060707093604nnnn.nb/topstory.html. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  40. Brotherton, p.27.
  41. Brotherton, pp.53–60.
  42. Brotherton, p.209.
  43. WWII Army Enlistment Records: on-line NARA Archival Database
  44. US Search

[1] Bibliography

  • Ambrose, Stephen E. (1992). Band of Brothers: Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7434-6411-6. 
  • Brotherton, Marcus (2009). We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from The Band of Brothers. Berkley Caliber. ISBN 0-7434-6411-7. 
  • Brotherton, Marcus (2010). A Company of Heroes: Personal Memories about the Real Band of Brothers and the Legacy They Left Us. Berkley Caliber. ISBN 978-0-425-23420-4. 
  • Guarnere, William J., and Edward J. Heffron, with Robyn Post (2007). Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends: Two WWII Paratroopers from the Original Band of Brothers Tell Their Story. Berkley Caliber. ISBN 978-0-425-21970-6. 
  • Malarkey, Donald G., with Bob Welch (2008). Easy Company Soldier: The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from World War II's "Band of Brothers". St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0-312-37849-3. 

External links

  • https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/article_6e607306-ab50-11e7-9c54-9b4819c7abaf.html
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