A Company of Heroes: Personal Memories about the Real Band of Brothers and the Legacy They Left Us
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THE "MUST-READ"* BOOK THAT INSPIRED THE EXTRAORDINARY DOCUMENTARY FOR PUBLIC TELEVISION
After the Band of Brothers went home, they never forgot the lessons of war...
After chronicling the personal stories of the Band of Brothers in We Who Are Alive and Remain, author Marcus Brotherton presents a collection of remembrances from the families of the soldiers of Easy Company—and how their wartime experiences shaped their lives off the battlefield.
A Company of Heroes is an intimate, revealing portrait of the lives of the men who fought for our freedom during some of the darkest days the world has ever known—men who returned home with a newfound wisdom and honor that they passed onto their families, and that continue to inspire new generations of Americans.
*Jake Powers, Official E/506th Historian
After that, virtually nothing more was said. People simply found it too hard to talk about Skip. All that changed in 1999 when our city’s Chamber of Commerce phoned and said a man was trying to locate the relatives of Warren Muck. It turned out it was Richard Speight Jr., who was scheduled to portray Skip in the miniseries. We had never heard of the book Band of Brothers, and didn’t know HBO was turning it into a movie. Richard had gone to great lengths to locate us. My mom had married in 1945
first, then picked up English outside the home and at school. All of Alex’s brothers and sisters were bilingual. I have talked to people who knew Alex Jr. when he was young. He was a muscular, active kid, but not really talkative. He loved sports and played football and baseball, and was built on the shorter side, like the rest of the males in the family, about five-foot-seven. Notre Dame owned a farm close to the campus. Alex and his friends would sneak to the farm and climb up the hayloft. A
(New York: Dell Publishing, 1994), 244. 9 Steven Ambrose, Band of Brothers (New York: Touchstone, 1992), 239. 10 Band of Brothers, 278. 11 The nickname for Corporal Forrest Guth, Gutty, or sometimes seen spelled Goodie, is pronounced like duty. He was one of the few paratroopers who carried a camera in Normandy. 12 Band of Brothers, 285. 13 Ambrose, Band of Brothers, 150 (note: Ambrose’s book notes eleven prisoners, Winters’s book notes seven, cf. Winters with Kingseed, Beyond Band
looked like. My dad and I grew closer later in life, but he never really did explain what was going on in his head. My mother explained more later on. She said, “Your dad’s reliving the war, having nightmares, he’s thinking about the loss of his buddies, the significant people in his life.” Mostly, Pat lived for his family. He did whatever he needed to do to care for them. If he took a vacation, it wasn’t for him, it was for the kids, Chris noted. He was an avid bow hunter and fisherman, but
family. Mom and Dad loved to go out dancing. In her later years, my mom says the happiest she had ever been was when she was with my dad. Those years encompass my best memories of him, too. It’s good that I have some good memories, because the rest of my father’s life became pretty ugly. In the Mind of Albert Blithe My dad died when I was just eight years old. He never talked about the war to me, but my mom told me several times, “You just don’t know how badly the war messed up your dad’s