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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 – 2 veterans[edit | edit source]

As of June 13, 2020 there is one surviving officer from Easy Company, Col. Edward Shames.

As of October 3, 2020 Bradford C Freeman is still a surviving veteran[3]

Rank (after discharge) Birthplace Name Birth date (age) Residence Notes
US Army WWII T5C.svg Technician 5th Grade Oregon Bain, Roderick G. 12 May 1922.

Passed away 5 February 2014 (91).

 Alaska Enlisted on 19 August 1942 at Tacoma, Washington. Fought at Normandy, the Netherlands, and Bastogne. Lives in Anchorage.[4][5][6][7]
US Army WWII PFC.svg Private First Class New York Bernat, Edward J. 17 January 1923.

Passed away 2 June 2016 (93).

 Pennsylvania Enlisted on 23 May 1942 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Lives in Erie.
US Army WWII CPL.svg Corporal Oregon Bond, Donald S. 29 January 1926

Passed away 2016. (90)

 Oregon Enlisted on 10 May 1944 at Tacoma, Washington. Trained at Camp Roberts, California. Replacement soldier. Lives in Albany.[8][9][10]
US Army WWII SGT.svg Sergeant Texas Coombs, James M. 1 January 1922(99)

Passed away 5 October 2017

 Louisiana Trained At Camp Toccoa.Fought At Normandy, the Netherlands, and Bastogne.Lives in Lafayette.
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US Army WWII PFC.svg Private First Class Mississippi Freeman, Bradford C. 4 September,1924 (95)

As of 3 October 2020 last surviving enlisted veteran.

 Mississippi Lives in Caledonia
US Army WWII CPL.svg Corporal Alabama Lowrey, Dewitt 22 April 1922.

Passed away 8 July 2015 (93).

 Alabama Enlisted on 2 August 1942 at Anniston, Alabama. Fought at Normandy. Lives in Montgomery.[11][12][13]
US Army WWII TSGT.svg Technical Sergeant Oregon Malarkey, Donald G. 31 July 1921

Passed away September 20, 2017 (96)

 Oregon Enlisted on 28 August 1942 at Portland, Oregon. Fought at Normandy, the Netherlands, and Bastogne. Lives in Salem.[14][15][16]
US Army WWII SSGT.svg Staff Sergeant Illinois Mampre, Albert L. May 1922

Passed away May 31, 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 May 24 1925

Passed away, 3 July 2012 (87)

 California
US Army WWII PFC.svg Private First Class California Pepping, Edwin E. 4 July 1922.

Passed away September 2018 (96).

 California Enlisted on 3 September 1942 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. May 26, 1922.

Passed away 9 August 2018 (96).

 New York Enlisted on 24 August 1942 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 July 1918.

Passed away 16 March 2015 (96)

 Kansas Enlisted on 13 August 1942 at Leavenworth. Fought at Normandy, the Netherlands, and Bastogne. Lives in Overland Park.[27]
US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel Virginia Shames, Edward David 13 June 1922 (98)

As of 22 DEC 2020 is last-surviving officer veteran.

 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 June 1925.

Passed away 22 May 2017 (91)

 Minnesota Enlisted in August 1943. 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 June 1922.

Passed away 2 December 2019 (97)

 Pennsylvania Enlisted on 8 August 1942 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lives in Orefield.[31]
US Army WWII PFC.svg Private First Class Illinois Suerth, Jr., Herbert John 28 October 1924.

Passed away 14 October 2017 (92).

 Minnesota Enlisted in March 1943. 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 August 1921

Passed away 10 February 2017 (95).

 Colorado Enlisted on 24 August 1942 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 July 1922 (98)

Passed away 1 October 2020 (98)

 Oregon Enlisted in August 1942 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 (95)

Passed away 16 September 2016.

 Ohio Enlisted on 16 December 1943 at Clarksburg, West Virginia. Lives in Wadsworth.

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See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  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[edit | edit source]

  • 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. 

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