Great Old Warriors Watch

Ed "Too Tall" Freeman just died, Wednesday, August 20, 2008.

If you don't know who he was, look here.

Here he is in the movie:



May 27, 1939 - September 11, 2001

Lt. Rick Rescorla, Platoon Leader, B Co 2/7 Cav in Bayonet Attack on the morning of 16 Nov 1965.

Photo by Peter Arnett

A great battle shot.

No sleep for 48 hours.

Grimy, unshaven, filthy uniform.

Canteens loose, dogtags hanging out, pocket unbuttoned, helmet strap hanging.

No insignia of rank, sleeves up.

Dirty fingernails.

His bayonet is fixed; trigger finger alert and ready for action.

A soldier to the end.

Rick Rescorla, Tower 2, World Trade Center
September 11, 2001, approximately 0900.

"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:13

Lt. Col. Ronald I. Speirs

Company D/E, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, WWII

(April 20, 1920 - April 11, 2007)

Famed "Band of Brother," then-Captain Speirs was an effective and legendary combat commander, whose men feared and respected him in equal parts. He died suddenly on April 11, 2007. He was initially a platoon leader in Company "D" ("Dog" Company) of the 2nd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Speirs was reassigned to command "E" or "Easy" Company in Bastogne at the end of the Battle of the Bulge. Speirs also served in Korea where he commanded a rifle company, and later became the American Governor for Spandau Prison in Berlin. He served as a captain in the European Theater but retired as a lieutenant colonel.

In the HBO miniseries, Band of Brothers, Speirs was portrayed by actor Matthew Settle.

Speirs in Normandy, June 6, 2001.

Sgt. "Wild" Bill Guarnere

Company E, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, WWII

Famed "Band of Brother," Sgt. "Wild" Bill Guarnere of the WWII Co. E, 2/506th PIR, is in a rehab facility after suffering a major heart attack in mid-June, with a subsequent two-week hospitalization. His family is asking for privacy, but will let us know if he continues to recover or not. More news will be posted here or at the Currahee Veterans Association website.

Brigadier General Robin Olds

United States Air Force, WWII-Vietnam

Air Force Gen. Robin Olds, the legendary WWII and Vietnam fighter ace, is dying. Check here for a link to send condolences.

One of my childhood (and adulthood) heroes, and one of the finest men I ever had the high honor to meet.
If you don't know (and you should!) about Gen. Olds, check out the article here.

Update: Gen. Olds passed away on Thursday, 14 June 2007.

Godspeed and clear skies for him. More here.

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