Yesterday evening the world received some sorrowful news. One of the last surviving members of Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Division, as shown on the HBO series "Band of Brothers", has died.
Al Mampre, an Easy Company medic, passed away due to natural causes yesterday in his Colorado home. He joined the Airborne in 1942 and then was sent to Camp Toccoa, Georgia, to train alongside his new found brothers in Easy. Before D-Day, Mampre contracted a nasty neck infection and was unable to jump with his friends. However, on September 17th, 1944, he jumped into Holland during Operation Market Garden. During Easy's probe into Nuenen, he treated Lieutenant Bob Brewer who was shot in the neck by a sniper while standing in the open ahead of the armored column transporting Easy. Despite being shot in the leg himself, Mampre was able to save Brewer's life. After his wound, Mampre would spend the rest of the war as a part of HQ Company. Those around him described him as warm, kind, and having a great sense of humor. I wish I could've met him but, I am lucky enough to have his signature and something he touched and saw thanks to @valorstudiosinc. That's as close as I'll ever get to Mampre, an incredible individual. May he rest in peace.
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Remembering Lt Henry S. "Hank" Jones on the anniversary of his passing in 1947.
Hank had wanted to follow his father into a military career since he was young. He entered West Point Military Academy in 1941, earning the rank of 1st Sergeant during his 1st year. After graduating on June 6, 1944, he went on to Infantry training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and soon transferred to the paratrooper school. He earned his jump wings and was sent to the 13th Airborne Division at Camp Mackall, NC. He was assigned to a glider unit and also earned his glider wings.
In Dec, 44, Hank and 15 other officers were sent overseas to Europe. Hank was assigned to the 506th PIR as a 2nd Lt in Feb, 45, as the unit was deployed to Haguenau. He was placed in Easy Company's 2nd platoon and took part in the patrol across the river Moder on the night of 13-14 Feb. By all accounts he performed well on the patrol, leading one of the squads.
Within a week he was promoted to 1st Lt and transferred to regimental staff. He remained with the unit for several months, reaching Berchtesgaden with them. In Sep, 45, he requested a transfer to the 508th PIR. He remained with that unit for a year as the Assistant Regimental S-3. He then moved to the 907th CIC Detachment in Aug, 1946, and was assigned to the Berlin region where he was appointed as a field office commander.
Hank was involved in a car accident in 1947. He recovered well except for a minor difficulty. He underwent surgery at the 279th General Hosp in Berlin with the view to returning home to the U.S once recovered. But the surgery was not successful and Hank died in the hospital on the evening of July 21st, 1947, aged just 23 years.
He was remembered by the men he served with as a friendly, kind, witty, and intelligent personality.
Hank was portrayed by Colin Hanks in the episode The Last Patrol
Currahee and rest easy, Lt
Floyd Talbert, unidentified soldier, Paul Rogers and Forrest Guth in South Carolina, 1942. It really is heartwarming just seeing how close the men got with each other. I mean they just had a special bond with each other. It grew and grew during and especially after the war for most of them. It I'd a bind they will never forget or lose. They all went through hell and back again together. And that's special. #BandOfBrothers#Easycompany#Easycompanymen #AirbourneInfatry #Airbourne
Posted at: 2019-07-21 06:11:15
Every winter, Paul Rogers applies his own standard of measure onto the cold. The weather was glacial during the 29 days he and his comrades spent in Bastogne fighting the Germans. “People don’t know what cold is. Nobody could get to us, or they didn’t even try because it was so cold. I was able to pack some extra socks, but not everybody had them, so a lot of guys had their feet ruined.”
The soldiers had no gloves for their hands and most wrapped their feet in gunnysacks in hopes to keep them warm. They could light fires during the day but due to the continual siege, once night fell all the fires had to go out. It’s a mystery how they even survived. Rogers has good recollection of his experience of the battle. His first foxhole was a slit trench. “But frost got in that right away,” he said. The next foxhole was more spacious, with a roof of tree limbs and dirt to protect against “tree bursts” — the rain of iron and wood that fell when artillery rounds detonated in heavy timber overhead, the MSN News reports.
Easy Company pulled out of Bastogne that January and advanced into Germany. They eventually reached Berchtesgaden in May, which was the site of Adolf Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest retreat. There were originally 140 Easy Company members of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. There is belief that Rogers is among one of the six surviving members, him being the oldest. They try to keep in touch and some even travel together. Their children also continue to organize reunions. The stories of Easy Company’s experiences on the battlefields continue to prompt books. I can't imagine hoeing it was for him remembering what he went through and what he saw during the war. I can't imagine what it was like to loose people you knew like that.... Heart Wrenching. #BandOfBrothers#Easycompany#Easycompanymen #Airbourne#AirbourneInfatry
Fantastic 6th Armored grouping that I stumbled across in an antique store today! Whenever I brought it home and took out the photo I found his name as well: Edward D. Grove. His address is also on the back, just might have to reach out for additional information.👍🏼
A Rose to the Grave of ...
... William Heister Dukeman Jr. He was a paratrooper that served in Easy Company 506th Paratrooper Infantry Regiment and the 101st Airborne Division, he was close friends to John Martin and Frank Peconte and Albert Blithe and Everett Gray. William Heister Dukeman Jr was born in Strasberg, Colorado, at Living Springs Ranch, on September 3rd 1921. His father was William Heister Dukeman Sr., and his mother was Gertrude Nordow. He had three brothers, Harry, Charles and Clem, and a sister, Mildred. He was given the nickname of "Bud", to differentiate him from his father William, Sr. His mother stated that he was born in 1922, instead of 1921.
Bud attended school in Strasburg, until 1929 when the family moved to Keenesburg, Colorado. He graduated from high school in 1939. After graduation, he, Everett Gray, and two friends traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they found jobs. He a Gray decided they would earn more, and be better off, if they joined the army, which they did. They volunteered for the Airborne Division. William Dukeman dropped on D-Day and became separated from Easy Company. He was wounded in the chin when he was struck by enemy fire. He took part in the battle of Carentan, during which Easy Company took the town. He also partook in the battle at Bloody Gulch, which he survived. Dukemane later took part in Operation: Market Garden, in Holland, and he also took part in the battle for Nuenen.
During a night patrol at a crossroads in Holland, Dukeman was killed when a group of germans, hidden in a culvert under the dike-road, fired a rifle grenade at him. The next day, Easy Company defeated two German SS Companies at that site.
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Posted at: 2019-07-20 04:45:01
14 DAYS! This day is right around the corner. Rolling Thunder 4 put on by @xtremeairsoft ! BE THERE!!
Posted at: 2019-07-20 04:14:40
Birthday Currahee of the day goes out to SSgt James H. ”Moe” Alley Jr.!🦅♠️
Born on July 20, 1922, in Mount Ida, Arkansas, as the 4th of five children, Alley enlisted in the Army in 1942, volunteering for the parachute infantry, where he was assigned to Easy Company.
He made his first combat jump into Normandy, during D-day, after first having to be thrown out of his plane by Paul ”Hayseed” Rogers, who was next in line behind him, when he accidentaly got caught in the doorway of the aircraft and couldn’t get out on his own. He landed near Sainte-Mère-Église, crashing into a wall embeddded with broken glass and, after getting himself together, came across some troopers from another regiment, and stayed with them until he could rejoin his own Company a few days later.
Alley then went on to jump in Operation Market Garden in September, where he was seriously wounded by a German grenade during a patrol in early October, but after being evacuated to a hospital he recovered well enough to go AWOL two months later, when he sold a Luger he had taken as a souvenir for cash to make his way to Paris. There he found the then Cpt Winters, who helped him make his way back to Easy company at Mourmelon, just a few days before their deployment to Bastogne. He would remain with the company until the end of the war, after which he returned home, worked as a carpenter and general contractor, later on starting his own company, and married in 1975, starting a family with his wife, Elizabeth ”Bettie” in Seattle, Washington. He passed away in March, 2008.
Alley was interviewed for the book and consequent miniseries, and can be seen in the veterans' parts of the series, in which he was portrayed by George Calil (pictured bottom right corner).
I Loved This Scene From Band Of Brothers When They Are Attacking The German Side. Dike wasn't doing his job he was getting so many of the men Killed and hurt.... He was frozen ans panicking in the middle of the field. Winters was getting agitated and worried about his men and was screaming that they had to keep moving. He wanted to go out and help them but Sink wouldn't let him so Winters got pissed Called Speirs over and told him to go out there and relieve Dike...... That's when we see the heroic bad ass moment of Speirs running out on to the enemies side and coming back to Easy Companys side. That
Was a brilliant scene and done so well.... #BandOfBrothers#Easycompany#Easycompanymen #Airbourne#AirbourneInfatry #BandOfBrothers
Posted at: 2019-07-19 23:09:32
Welsh: I want light and noise discipline from now on. That means no talking, no with the man in front of you, Luz! - this was rhw scene in Carentan a little while after they had landed and all met up with each other. In this we see the real Jokey side to Luz which is nice... Luz was always good at cheering the men up even at their lowest moments. #BandOfBrothers#Easycompany
James H. "Moe" Alley (seen on the right with Don Malarkey at Camp Toccoa, Georgia, 1942) was born July 20th, 1922, in Arkansas. He enlisted in the Army on September 22, 1942, and volunteered for the paratroopers. He was sent to Camp Toccoa and placed in 3rd platoon of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment.
Alley made his first combat jump on DDay, 6th June, 1944. He crashed through a glass wall on landing but made it through the Normandy campaign. He jumped into The Netherlands in September 1944 as part of Operation Market Garden. He was badly wounded on a night patrol near Randwjick when a grenade thrown by a German soldier went off just beside him. This incident was depicted in the Band of Brothers episode Crossroads. Alley was evacuated, but in true Easy Company tradition, went AWOL from the hospital to return to the company in time for the Ardennes campaign.
Alley remained with Easy until the end of the war, fighting through Bastogne, France, Germany, and Austria. He was awarded 3 Purple Heart medals and a Bronze Star medal during his WW2 service.
After the war he returned home and raised a family. He was a contributor for the Band of Brothers book and can be seen in the veteran's interviews in the documentary and Band of Brothers miniseries.
Alley passed away in 2008
Alley was portrayed by George Calil in the miniseries (pic 5)
Picture 4: Moe with 3rd platoon buddy Shifty Powers
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