According to a report from Fox News, Bradford Freeman, the last surviving member of Easy Company that was portrayed in HBO’s Band of Brothers, passed away; he was 97.
Freeman died Sunday at Caledonia, Mississippi’s Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, according to Stars and Stripes. His death was announced in his local paper with his children penning the obituary.
“Our dad was always astounded that a country boy from Mississippi was able to see so many places and meet so many interesting people,” Freeman’s daughters wrote.
“He was in every major engagement in Europe during World War II,” a Columbus, Miss., local historian, Rufus Ward, said during the event for Freeman’s 96th birthday, according to the Air Force. “He’s a true American hero and we need to honor those people … we owe them more than we could ever repay them.”
From Fox News…
The military legend is survived by a sister, two daughters and four grandchildren. He is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren.
Freeman was the last surviving soldier who helped to inspire “Band of Brothers,” a seminal television series depicting life in combat during World War II.
The “Band of Brothers” HBO miniseries, based on a book by Stephen Ambrose, followed the members of Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division from training in Georgia in 1942, through some of the war’s fiercest European battles and through the war’s end in 1945.
Its producers included Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.
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