E Company, 506th Infantry Regiment

E Company, 506th Infantry Regiment

Active

* 1942-1945
* 1954-Present (training unit)

Country United States of America

Branch United States Army

Type Infantry Company

Role Airborne

Size 139 soldiers listed, but "162 soldiers and officers" is said in part 7 of Band of Brothers.

Nickname "Easy Company"

Motto "Currahee"

March Blood on the Risers

Engagements World War II:

Battle of Normandy,
Battle of Carentan,
Operation Market Garden,
Battle of the Bulge

Easy Company, 2nd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, the "Screaming Eagles", is one of the most well-known companies in the United States Army. Their experiences in World War II are the subject of the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers based on the book of the same name by historian Stephen Ambrose. In 2009, twenty of the last few remaining survivors from Easy Company recounted their stories in the oral-history book project We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories From the Band of Brothers.

The 506th PIR was an experimental airborne regiment created in 1942 at Camp Toccoa, Georgia. Easy Company missions were to involve being parachuted from C-47 transport airplanes over hostile territory.

Major Richard Winters described the original organization of Easy company as follows:

"[Easy] company included three rifle platoons and a headquarters section. Each platoon contained three twelve-man rifle squads and a six-man mortar team squad. Easy also had one machine gun attached to each of its rifle squads, and a 60mm mortar in each mortar team."[1]

The training was not easy. Besides attending the standard airborne school, the unit had to perform battle drills and excruciating amounts of physical training. One of the more famous exercises was the regular running of Currahee, a large, steep hill. The phrase "3 miles up, 3 miles down" was derived from this run. Easy Company, while training at Toccoa, was under the command of Herbert Sobel, who was known for his extreme strictness.

Also as part of their physical training, the members of Easy Company performed formation runs in three-four column running groups. The purpose of this training was to push the soldiers to their limits, and to teach them how to work together as a team.

Operation Overlord (D-Day)

For Operation Overlord, Easy Company's mission was to capture the entrances to and clear any obstacles around 'Causeway 2', a pre-selected route off Utah Beach for the troops landing from the sea a few hours later. The company departed from Upottery airbase in Dorset, England, and dropped over the Cotentin Peninsula of Normandy, France in the early hours of the morning of June 6, 1944. After assembling on the ground, the men of Easy Company disabled a battery of four German heavy guns on D-Day that threatened forces coming along Causeway 2.

Eindhoven, Holland

Easy Company was assigned to support the British forces around Eindhoven, by defending the roads so that the British armoured divisions could advance into Arnhem and force a crossing over the major bridge across the Rhine River in September 1944. The story of the ill-fated Operation Market Garden is told in the book A Bridge Too Far by Cornelius Ryan.

Battle of the Bulge

During December 1944 and January 1945, Easy Company and the rest of the 101st Airborne Division fought in Belgium in the Battle of the Bulge. The 101st was in France in December when the Germans launched their offensive in the Ardennes. They were told to hold the vital cross-roads at Bastogne and were soon encircled by the Germans. Easy Company fought in cold weather under German artillery fire without winter clothing and with limited rations and ammunition. The Allies successfully defeated the German offensive. Afterward, Easy Company and the rest of the 506th PIR moved into Germany.

Occupation duties

Toward the end of the war, Easy Company was assigned to occupation duty in Germany, specifically to Berchtesgaden, which was home to Adolf Hitler’s famous Eagle's Nest. Following Berchtesgaden, Easy Company moved in to Austria for further occupation duty. The company mostly attended to various patrols, awaiting the end of the war.

Post-war

Easy Company and the rest of the 506th PIR was disbanded in November 1945, and was reactivated in 1954, as a training unit.

Personnel

Higher authorities

* Major General Maxwell Davenport Taylor (101st Airborne Division CO) (26 August 1901 - 19 April 1987)

* Brigadier General Anthony Clement McAuliffe (101st Airborne Division Artillery Officer, later acting 101st Airborne Division CO) (2 July 1898 - 11 August 1975)

* Colonel Robert Frederick Sink (506th Regiment CO) (3 April 1905 - 13 December 1965)

* Lieutenant Colonel Robert L. Strayer (2nd Battalion CO, 506 PIR XO) (2 March 1912 - 18 December 2002)

* Major Richard D. Winters (2nd Battalion XO, later acting 2nd Battalion CO) (21 January 1918 - 2 January 2011)

* Major Clarence Hester (506 PIR S-3)

* Captain Salve H. Matheson (506 PIR S-4) (11 August 1920 - 8 January 2005)

* Major Oliver M. Horton (2nd Battalion XO) (d. 5 October 1944)

* Captain Lewis Nixon (2nd Battalion S-2, 506 PIR S-2, 2nd Battalion S-3) (30 September 1918 - 11 January 1995)

* Captain Herbert M. Sobel (506 PIR S-4) (26 January 1912 - 30 September 1987)

* First Lieutenant Henry Jones (506 PIR) (21 May 1922-21 July 1947)

Commanding officers

1. Captain Herbert M. Sobel (26 January 1912 – 30 September 1987)
2. First Lieutenant Thomas Meehan III (8 July 1921 - 6 June 1944)
3. then-Captain Richard D. Winters (b. 21 January 1918 - 2 January 2011)
4. First Lieutenant Frederick Theodore Heyliger (23 June 1916 - 2 November 2001)
5. First Lieutenant Norman Staunton Dike, Jr. (19 May 1918 - 23 June 1985)
6. then-Captain Ronald C. Speirs (20 April 1920 - 11 April 2007)

Other officers

* First Lieutenant Robert B. Brewer

* First Lieutenant Lynn D. Compton (b. 31 December 1921)

* then-First Lieutenant Jack Edward Foley (18 August 1922 - 14 September 2009)

* First Lieutenant Roy Paul Gates (b. 25 July 1921)

* First Lieutenant George Lavenson (d. July 1944)

* First Lieutenant Sterling W. Horner (12 July 1926 - 13 February 2001)

* First Lieutenant Robert I. Matthews (d. 6 June 1944)

* First Lieutenant Thomas A. Peacock

* First Lieutenant John E. Pisancin

* First Lieutenant Robert Rousch

* First Lieutenant Raymond G. Schmitz (d. 22 September 1944)

* First Lieutenant Edward David Shames (b. 13 June 1922)

* First Lieutenant JB Stokes (b. 1922)

* First Lieutenant Harry F. Welsh (27 September 1918 – 21 January 1995)

* Second Lieutenant James L. Diel (1922 - 19 September 1944)

* then-Second Lieutenant Henry Jones (21 May 1922-21 July 1947)

* Second Lieutenant Clifford Carwood Lipton (30 January 1920 - 16 December 2001)

Enlisted men

In order of rank, then alphabetically by last name.

* First Sergeant William S. Evans (d. 6 June 1944)
* Technical Sergeant Burton Pat Christenson (23 July 1922- 15 December 1999)
* Technical Sergeant Donald George Malarkey (b. 31 July 1921)
* Staff Sergeant Charles E. Grant (1922–1984)
* Staff Sergeant William Joseph Guarnere (b. 28 April 1923)
* Staff Sergeant Floyd M. Talbert (26 August 1923 - 10 October 1982) (served as First Sergeant for a time, requested demotion)
* Staff Sergeant John W. Martin (12 May 1922 - 26 January 2005)
* Staff Sergeant Darrell C. Powers (13 March 1923 - 17 June 2009)
* Staff Sergeant Murray B. Roberts (d. 6 June 1944)
* Staff Sergeant Frank Joseph Soboleski (b. 18 June 1925)
* Staff Sergeant Joseph J. Toye (14 March 1919 - 3 September 1995)
* Staff Sergeant Denver Randleman (20 November 1920 - 26 June 2003)
* Sergeant James H. Alley, Jr. (20 July 1922 - 14 March 2008)
* Sergeant Leo D. Boyle (6 October 1913 - 22 December 1997)
* Sergeant Gordon F. Carson (5 August 1923 - 13 November 1998)
* Sergeant Herman E. Hanson (d. 1971)
* Sergeant Walter L. Hendrix (20 December 1924 - 15 February 2000)
* Sergeant William F. Kiehn (1921 - 10 February 1945)
* Sergeant Clancy Odel Lyall
* Sergeant Warren H. Muck (31 January 1922 - 10 January 1945)
* Sergeant Elmer L. Murray Jr (1921 - 6 June 1944)
* Sergeant Richard E. Owen (d. 6 June 1944)
* Sergeant Robert J. Rader
* Sergeant Robert Burr Smith
* Sergeant Myron Ranney (21 November 1922 - 23 September 1988)
* Sergeant Carl N. Riggs (1920 - 6 June 1944)
* Sergeant Paul Clifford Rogers (b. 12 July 1918)
* Sergeant Wayne A. Sisk (4 March 1922- 13 July 1999)
* Sergeant Roderick G. Strohl (b. 1922)
* Sergeant Amos J. Taylor (b. September 1918)
* Sergeant Edward J. Tipper (b. 3 August 1921)
* Sergeant Roderick Bain (b. 1922)
* Sergeant Robert E. Wynn (10 July 1921 - March 2000)
* Technician Fourth Class George Luz, Sr. (17 June 1921 - 15 October 1998)
* Technician Fourth Class Frank Joseph Perconte (b. 10 March 1917)
* Technician Fourth Class Eugene Gilbert Roe, Sr. (17 October 1921 - 30 December 1998)
* Technician Fourth Class Carl C. Sawosko (24 November 1920 - 13 January 1945)
* Technician Fourth Class Benjamin J. Stoney (1921 - 6 June 1944)
* Corporal William Dukeman Jr. (3 September 1922 - 5 October 1944)
* Corporal Walter Scott Gordon, Jr. (15 April 1920 - 19 April 1997)
* Corporal Forrest L. Guth (6 February 1921-8 August 2009)
* Corporal "A.P." Herron (d. 13 January 1945)
* Corporal Donald B. Hoobler (June 1923 - 3 January 1945)
* Corporal Earl Ervin McClung (b. 27 April 1923)
* Corporal Francis J. Mellet (d. 13 January 1945)
* Technician Fifth Class Herman F. Collins (12 July 1924 - 6 June 1944)
* Technician Fifth Class Joseph D. Liebgott (17 May 1915 - 28 June 1992)
* Technician Fifth Class Jerry A. Wentzel (d. 6 June 1944)
* Technician Fifth Class Ralph Hansel Wimer (5 July 1921 - 6 June 1944)
* Private First Class Maxwell M. Clark (22 June 1922 - 14 March 2008)
* Private First Class Edward James Heffron (b. 16 May 1923)
* Private First Class Robert Van Klinken (1919 - 20 September 1944)
* Private First Class William T. Miller (d. 20 September 1944)
* Private First Class Alex M. Penkala, Jr. (1924 - 10 January 1945)
* Private First Class Edwin E. Pepping (b. 4 July 1922)
* Private First Class David Kenyon Webster (2 June 1922 - 9 September 1961)
* Private First Class Henry Charles Zimmerman (b. 26 March 1925)
* Private Albert Blithe (25 June 1923 - 17 December 1967)
* Private Roy W. Cobb (18 June 1914 - January 1990)
* Private Rudolph Dittrich (3 January 1927 - March 8, 1944)
* Private Joseph Dominguez
* Private George Elliot (d. 6 June 1944)
* Private Bradford C. Freeman (b. 1925)
* Private Antonio C. Garcia (17 January 1925 - 18 August 2005)
* Private Everett J. Gray (d. 8 June 1944)
* Private Terrence C. Harris (d. 18 June 1944)
* Private Lester A. Hashey (23 February 1925 - 11 December 2002)
* Private Harold G. Hayes (d. December 1944)
* Private Richard J. Hughes (d. 9 January 1945)
* Private Eugene E. Jackson (1925 - 15 February 1945)
* Private John A. Janovec (d. May 1945)
* Private Edward J. Joint (b. 18 February 1923)
* Private Joseph M. Jordan (d. 6 June 1944)
* Private John T. Julian (d. 1 January 1945)
* Private Paul E. Lamoureux (19 May 1925 - 15 January 2005)
* Private Joseph A. Lesniewski (b. 29 August 1920)
* Private Edward A. Mauser (18 December 1916 - 21 January 2011)
* Private William T. McGonigal Jr (d. 6 June 1944)
* Private Vernon J. Menze (10 September 1924 - 20 September 1944)
* Private William S. Metzler (1922 - June 1944)
* Private James W. Miller (1923 - 20 September 1944)
* Private John N. Miller (d. 6 June 1944)
* Private Alton More (22 April 1920 - July 1958)
* Private Sergio G. Moya (1921 - 6 June 1944)
* Private Patrick H. Neill (1926 - 13 January 1945)
* Private Ernest I. Oats (1921 - 6 June 1944)
* Private Patrick S. O’Keefe (3 April 1926 - 8 February 2003)
* Private Philip P. Perugini (b. 1922)
* Private Cleveland O. Petty (19 May 1924 - March 1961)
* Private John Plesha, Jr.
* Private Joseph Ramirez
* Private John E. Shindell (1925 - 13 January 1945)
* Private Gerald B. Snider (d. 6 June 1944)
* Private Ralph Francis Spina (5 October 1919 - 11 April 2007)
* Private Herbert J. Suerth, Jr. (b. 28 October 1924)
* Private Elmer I. Telstad (d. 6 June 1944)
* Private Allen E. Vest
* Private Thomas W. Warren (d. 6 June 1944)
* Private Kenneth J. Webb (d. 13 January 1945)
* Private Harold D. Webb (d. 13 January 1945)
* Private John M. West (b October 2, 1922)
* Private William T. Wingett (b. July 1922)

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3 years 18 weeks ago, 10:51 PM

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Thanks Snake

for posting this. These were indeed GREAT men of what has been called our finest generation. They, as (in my humble opinion) all veterans are, real heros. I loved the series when I saw it on History Channel. I watch it often when it repeats. Again, Thanks.

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RandyMc

Your absolutely right my friend. The next town over from Haysi (My town) is clichco which was Darrell "Shifty" Powers hometown and also the town he passed away in. There is a street in clichco named in his honor called "Shifty Lane".

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