Bradford Freeman, survivor of the last “Band of Brothers” died


Caledonia, Mississippi (AP) — Bradford Freeman, the last survivor of the famous Army unit featured in the World War II oral history book and miniseries Band of Brothers, died at the age of 97. ..

Freeman died on Sunday at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. Rounds Funeral Hall In Columbus, Mississippi.

Freeman was born in Artesia, Mississippi, and according to an obituary, a graveyard funeral will be held on Friday in Caledonia, Mississippi, where he lived.

Freeman was an 18-year-old student in Mississippi when he participated in World War II. He volunteered to become a paratrooper and became a mortar at Company E of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.

He participated in the Normandy Landings on D-Day, fought in Operation Market Garden, was injured in the Battle of the Bulge, and later participated in the occupation of Berchtesgaden, Germany and Austria.

“After the war, he returned to Caledonia, married Willyl Ease Girly on June 29, 1947, and worked as a mail carrier for 32 years,” the obituary said.

The University of New Orleans historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s “Band of Brothers” was the best-selling “Easy Company” and its members and inspired the 2001 HBO miniseries with the same title.

The last surviving officer of the unit I died last year.

Freeman survives with a sister, two daughters, four grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

“Our dad was always surprised that a rural boy in Mississippi could see so many places and meet so many interesting people,” the obituary said.