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(Daily Mail)   We few, we happy few: Easy Company's Babe Heffron dead at age 90   (dailymail.co.uk ) divider line
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2013-12-04 08:16:04 AM  

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RIP ENRON BABES.

 
2013-12-04 08:19:55 AM  
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
 
2013-12-04 08:21:52 AM  
A sad day in deed! Currahee !
 
2013-12-04 08:24:29 AM  
What's he that wishes so?
My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin;
If we are mark'd to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
But if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.
God's peace! I would not lose so great an honour
As one man more methinks would share from me
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is call'd the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say "To-morrow is Saint Crispian."
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say "These wounds I had on Crispian's day."
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words-
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
 
2013-12-04 08:26:42 AM  
One more member of the Greatest Generation gone.  Sad day.
 
2013-12-04 08:30:18 AM  
He looked better on TV.
 
2013-12-04 08:38:01 AM  
Truly sad news.
 
2013-12-04 08:41:46 AM  
I'm always amazed anyone could have survived what he and others went through.
 
2013-12-04 09:04:15 AM  
"...The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
But if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive..."


Respect is earned - Honor is earned
Each of these men, by their actions, has earned both.
Rest well, brave warrior.
Your battle is ended.
We have it from here.

*Raises a glass in salute*
 
2013-12-04 09:12:22 AM  
 
2013-12-04 09:15:13 AM  
FTFA: They proceeded to knock out German soldiers and cannons at Brecourt Manor that were firing on allied forces. Mr Heffron was among 13 men who helped destroy an enemy battery and managed to obtain detailed maps for the German command post - a major coup for the allied forces.
He then worked his way into the enemy trenches and destroyed four cannons that had held allied troops at bay. While taking out the heavily fortified bunker, Mr Heffron and his company killed 15 German soldiers and took 12 more as prisoners, helping to save countless American lives from the crushing cannon fire.


Ah, Daily Fail at its finest. Babe did not fight at Normandy. He was a replacement.

/unless I'm mistaken, but I'm pretty sure I'm not
 
2013-12-04 09:28:11 AM  
Salute, Farewell and R.I.P.
 
2013-12-04 09:32:35 AM  

KingKauff: FTFA: They proceeded to knock out German soldiers and cannons at Brecourt Manor that were firing on allied forces. Mr Heffron was among 13 men who helped destroy an enemy battery and managed to obtain detailed maps for the German command post - a major coup for the allied forces.
He then worked his way into the enemy trenches and destroyed four cannons that had held allied troops at bay. While taking out the heavily fortified bunker, Mr Heffron and his company killed 15 German soldiers and took 12 more as prisoners, helping to save countless American lives from the crushing cannon fire.

Ah, Daily Fail at its finest. Babe did not fight at Normandy. He was a replacement.

/unless I'm mistaken, but I'm pretty sure I'm not


You are correct, he was a replacement and was only with Easy company from Market Garden and onward. Also read that Earl McClung died a week earlier.  http://guardianofvalor.com/earl-one-lung-mcclung-veteran-easy-company - 2506th-pir-band-brothers-passes-90/
 
2013-12-04 09:43:05 AM  
Currahee!

/will raise a toast tonight to those Happy Few
 
2013-12-04 09:55:54 AM  
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RIP Mr. Heffron. Seeing you and Mr. Guarnere hanging out at John's Roast Pork will always be among my fondest memories.
 
2013-12-04 10:02:10 AM  
RIP Babe, you will be missed!
 
2013-12-04 10:12:49 AM  
It's sad when we have to get news of US veterans passing like this from British papers.
 
2013-12-04 10:16:50 AM  
Another WW 2 vet gone.

/csb. The miniseries Band of Brothers was a bit of a catalyst for my grandfather to start talking to me about his experiences in WW 2. Grandad was an infantryman in the Americal Division and island hopped his way from Guadalcanal to Okinawa. That tough old bastard ran away from the hospital in Hawaii when he had malaria to get back to his unit in time for their landing in the Phillipines. He just passed away in October at 89.

So thanks Mr. Heffron and the other members of Easy. Rest in peace
 
2013-12-04 10:51:37 AM  

yawn_stretch: Another WW 2 vet gone.

/csb. The miniseries Band of Brothers was a bit of a catalyst for my grandfather to start talking to me about his experiences in WW 2. Grandad was an infantryman in the Americal Division and island hopped his way from Guadalcanal to Okinawa. That tough old bastard ran away from the hospital in Hawaii when he had malaria to get back to his unit in time for their landing in the Phillipines. He just passed away in October at 89.

So thanks Mr. Heffron and the other members of Easy. Rest in peace


That actually is a cool story, thanks for sharing that.  Amazing how many of those guys kept that all in until just the last few years.  Heard two vets of Iwo Jima speak recently.  One was 15 freakin' years old when he enlisted in the Navy.  Piloted a landing craft on the second wave, had it blown out from under him.  While in the field hospital, "acquired" an M1 Garand, a helmet, and a uniform...and hooked up with a division of Marines to keep fighting.  The other was a Sherman tank driver.  His son told me that until a few years ago, all the family knew was that he was a tank driver in WWII.  One day, the dam burst, and he told them everything.  Both men were there from the first day, until the fighting on the island was over.

Feel bad for Wild Bill.  He and Babe were pretty inseparable over the last several years.  Out of the featured BoB members, only Bill and Don Malarkey are left.
 
2013-12-04 11:30:50 AM  
Band of Brothers was a great thing for my grandfather too. My cousin and I used to watch Band of Brothers every summer straight through with my grandfather and he would open up and discuss several events, tours, fights he was in. It was a great way to learn more about the war through his eyes and what those kids had to see at such a young age.

RIP Babe.
 
2013-12-04 12:00:01 PM  
RIP to a man that did much, much more than 99 percent of us ever will.
 
2013-12-04 01:19:09 PM  
*plays Taps and lowers head solemnly * RIP Brave brave man.
 
2013-12-04 03:22:21 PM  
I have Band of Brothers on DVD. I have probably watched it 30-40 times all the way through. It's what I put on when I am running on my treadmill. I figure if those guys can go through all of what they went through, I can get through 45 minutes or an hour of running. I've read several books on World War II and I'll watch any WWII documentary I come across. It is truly unimaginable what that generation went through. They were raised during the depression and then had to fight the war. They did all of that with very little complaining. Compare them with the 3 or 4 generations that have come since then and calling them the greatest generation is putting it mildly.

Anyway, RIP Babe.
 
2013-12-04 06:44:09 PM  

Rickenbacker: yawn_stretch: Another WW 2 vet gone.

/csb. The miniseries Band of Brothers was a bit of a catalyst for my grandfather to start talking to me about his experiences in WW 2. Grandad was an infantryman in the Americal Division and island hopped his way from Guadalcanal to Okinawa. That tough old bastard ran away from the hospital in Hawaii when he had malaria to get back to his unit in time for their landing in the Phillipines. He just passed away in October at 89.

So thanks Mr. Heffron and the other members of Easy. Rest in peace

That actually is a cool story, thanks for sharing that.  Amazing how many of those guys kept that all in until just the last few years.  Heard two vets of Iwo Jima speak recently.  One was 15 freakin' years old when he enlisted in the Navy.  Piloted a landing craft on the second wave, had it blown out from under him.  While in the field hospital, "acquired" an M1 Garand, a helmet, and a uniform...and hooked up with a division of Marines to keep fighting.  The other was a Sherman tank driver.  His son told me that until a few years ago, all the family knew was that he was a tank driver in WWII.  One day, the dam burst, and he told them everything.  Both men were there from the first day, until the fighting on the island was over.

Feel bad for Wild Bill.  He and Babe were pretty inseparable over the last several years.  Out of the featured BoB members, only Bill and Don Malarkey are left.


So many of them saw such horrors, it's easy to see why they had a hard time talking about it.  My grandfather served in the Signal Corps in WWII, first in Africa and then in Europe.  Since the Signal Corps was all about communications and logistics, he never saw direct combat, but he did see something equally as horrible: his unit was attached to the Seventh Army, and were tasked with figuring out how to deal with the survivors after the liberation of Dachau.  Gramma said that when he came home, he told her about what he saw at Dachau once, and then never spoke of it again.
 
2013-12-04 10:51:56 PM  
My grandfather lost a leg and half his right hand in Italy, and had shrapnel that worked itself out in bits and pieces now and then till he died of pancreatic cancer in his 70s. He became addicted to morphine in a VA hospital. After he kicked that, he went into orthotics and prosthetics (California Orthopedic in Sacramento - I spent lots of time as a kid playing with artificial limbs). He rarely talked about the war except when he got his brandy buzz on. I didn't pay attention like I should have - I was a sulky teen. But I do remember that he was wounded when, as a mid 20s Captain, he tackled a hysterical young soldier who ran across a minefield. He said he was on his back and saw his leg spinning in the air over his head in slow motion, and woke up a week later in the hospital.

I have been in uniform many years, and can say I have been a desk jockey, except for brief and safe deployments to relatively safe locales. Yeah, I did my part, I guess, but I cannot begin to imagine what guys like Babe and my grandfather saw, and how they lived normal lives afterward.
 
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