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E Company
2nd Battalion, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne


Active:        1942-1945
Branch:       US Army
Type:           Infantry
Role:           Airborne
Size:           162 Soldiers
Nickname:   Easy Company
Motto:         "Currahee!"

 

 

 

Easy Company, 506th, was unarguably the best company of the 2nd battalion of the 506th. Their original CO (Commanding Officer), Captain Herbert Sobel, was replaced by Lieutenant Meehan. During the D-Day invasion, Lieutenant Meehan's plane was shot down, and Lieutenant Winters took command.

Easy's training begain at Camp Toccoa in Georgia at the foot of Currahee Mountain in 1942 under the command of Captain Herbert Sobel.  It was here that the men would learn the discipline, gain the conditioning and skills that made Easy one of the best comanies in the 506th. 

After their training at Toccoa was complete, the company was moved by train to New York City and then to England by way of a British steamer, the S.S. Samaria in 1943.  There they would receive more combat training in Aldeborne for the next nine months. 

Captain Sobel would be transferred back to the States and 1st Lieutenant Thomas Meehan would take over as leader of Easy. 

On June 5, 1944, the C-47s carrying paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne, including Easy Company took off from the airfield at Upottery where they would drop behind enemy lines in the early morning hours of June 6, 1944 as D-Day or Operation Overlord began. 

During the drop into Normandy, Lt. Meehan's plane was shot down.  It was at this time that then Lt. Richard Winters would take over as CO of Easy Company.

Throughout the European campaign, Easy Company has participated in some of the major battles known to mankind. It performed a key task during D-Day (eliminating 4 German 105mm cannons aimed at Utah Beach), it spearheaded the Allied offensive, participated in Operation Market Garden, it held the line at the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne, when the 101st Airborne was surrounded and cut off by Germans, no matter how thin it was. It saw the horrific sight of the Jews and ethnic minorities imprisoned in labor camps. It was the first company to enter Berchesgaden and Hitler's famous "Eagle's Nest

By the end of the war, Easy had been assigned occupational duties in Zell am See, Austria where they began training to be redeployed to the Pacific war, but the war ended in 1945.  With the war over, the men were allowed to return home and in 1945, the 506th was decommissioned, including E-Company. 

"Band of Brothers" was originally a non-fiction account of the adventures of Easy Company, 506th PIR, during the Second World War. The author, Stephen E. Ambrose, has close ties with these veterans. In 2002, "Band of Brothers" became a TV 10 episode miniseries that was broadcasted on HBO for a couple of weeks. The series was directed by Stephen Spielberg and Tom Hanks, with Stephen Ambrose as an executive co-producer.

 


The series was nominated for nineteen Emmy Awards and won 6, including "Outstanding Miniseries," Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special," and "Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special."

It also won a Golden Globe for "Best Miniseries, or Motion Picture made for Television" and a 2003 Writers Guild Award.

 



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