Easy Company (Band of Brothers)

Easy Company is a fictional World War II-era United States Army company in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. In the series, Easy Company soldiers were led by 1st Lieutenant Richard Winters and Sergeant Robert Leckie, who was killed in action shortly after landing on Omaha Beach during D-Day.

Easy Company is a fictional band of brothers in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. The cast includes Damian Lewis, James McAvoy, Ron Livingston, and Michael Kelly. Read more in detail here: easy company band of brothers cast.

Veteran’s Day is observed in the United States tomorrow. We released a series of brief biographies written by Marcus Brotherton on the soldiers of WWII’s Easy Company in the weeks leading up to the holiday. The life of Ron Speirs is the subject of today’s concluding episode.

Mr. Brotherton and all veterans for their service to our nation are sincerely appreciated by The Art of Manliness.

Lt. Ronald Speirs was a pit bull of a soldier, known for his toughness, extraordinary abilities, and frightening demeanor. He was the final commander of the famous Easy Co, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne (the Band of Brothers), and he served in the unit longer than the well-known Lt. Dick Winters.

Speirs’ soldiers would pursue him wherever he went. Nonetheless, he was a divisive leader. There are many gruesome and life-threatening anecdotes about Speirs:

  • For being intoxicated, he shot one of his own sergeants in the eyes.
  • He casually gave cigarettes to twenty German captives before mowing them down with his submachine gun.
  • At Foy, he dashed across town amid a hail of German fire. Surprisingly, Speirs ran back after relaying his word to another group on the opposite side.

“Bloody” and “Killer” were among Speirs’ nicknames, but is his reputation justified? And if that’s the case—or if it isn’t—what can we learn from someone like Speirs?

Speirs’ best attribute, according to his stepson Marv Bethea, is conscientiousness, not bloodlust. “He was a guy who strictly followed directions,” Bethea stated. “It didn’t matter what had to be done.”

For example, no eyewitnesses have ever come forward to corroborate the allegation that Speirs shot prisoners on D-Day, but Bethea believes it to be plausible. “The men parachuted into really hazardous country,” Bethea said. “Their unofficial instructions were to take no prisoners if they captured adversaries.” You can’t bring captives into a conflict like that. Do you let them go in the hopes that they would turn on you and murder you? ‘Somebody has to perform this horrible thing, and I’m in charge,’ Speirs undoubtedly reasoned.

A letter Winters sent to historian Stephen Ambrose in 1993 outlines the scenario of Speirs’ assassination of his own sergeant. Winters remarked on the intoxicated sergeant’s repeated defiance of Speirs’ orders to stop an advance near St. Come du Mont. The episode occurred at a period of intense warfare, when the men were completely weary. “[By shooting the guy,] Speirs undoubtedly saved the lives of the rest of the squad,” Winters wrote. The rationale is far more complex than just killing [the sergeant] because he was inebriated.”

Throughout the conflict, Speirs was seen performing his job no matter what it cost him. He was injured in the face and knee by a German potato masher hand grenade in Normandy, was taken to a hospital, and rejoined his battalion in England before the Holland jump.

Speirs paddled across the Neder Rhine alone at night while on reconnaissance in Holland. When the enemy opened fire, he jumped into the water after being hit in the buttocks by a German bullet. He sprang from the water and swam to land, where he was discovered wounded and tired. Despite his injuries, he returned important intelligence and was eventually awarded the Silver Star for his efforts.

 

During the assault on Foy, after Easy Company was misplaced and remained as sitting ducks behind a haystack, Speirs was sent to replace Lt. Norman Dike, who had botched the mission. “I’m taking over,” Speirs, then the commander of D Company, raced to Dike and said. With Speirs in command, Easy Company swept into Foy and conquered the town.

Speirs had a gentler side, in contrast to his near-superhuman feats of hardness. Speirs met an English widow before the Normandy assault. They tied the knot and had a child together. The woman’s husband had been believed killed, although he had been held captive in a POW camp and had survived the war. The lady married her first spouse again. Despite the tough circumstances, Speirs succeeded. In the early 1990s, he wrote to Winters:

“My son Robert, who was born in England during the war, is now a Royal Green Jackets infantry major.” His English mother passed away a number of years ago. Last summer, I paid a visit to Robert in England, where he lives in a 200-year-old mansion. My pride and delight are his three lovely children.”

Speirs made a profession out of the military. He led a rifle company during the Korean War. He was appointed as the US Governor of Berlin’s Spandau Prison, which held major Nazi war criminals. His last duty station was the Pentagon. He was a lieutenant colonel when he resigned in 1964.

In California, he lived his last years peacefully with his family. He took his grandkids to the park because he adored them. He acquired Alzheimer’s-like symptoms and deteriorated over time, eventually dying in 2007.

What is the best way to remember Speirs? He wrote one of his guys, Forrest Guth, near the conclusion of WWII, who had gone home early and was missing the companionship of his unit. The four-page letter is dated June 11, 1945, and it’s full of gossip, not the type of thing a frenzied murderer would write.

Over the years, the two guys remained in touch. On June 11, 2006, Guth sent a last letter to Speirs, precisely 61 years after Speirs’ initial letter. “Your letter helped me overcome the loneliness of not being with my former pals,” Guth wrote, referring to the original.

Bethea placed things in context. According to him, the name “Ron Speirs” will always be connected with WWII actions. This letter shows me how much he cared about each of his guys on a personal level. That’s a lot of money.

Part 1 of The Men of Easy Company: Warren “Skip” Muck Robert Rader (Part 2) Ron Speirs (Part III)

Part 1 of The Men of Easy Company: Warren “Skip” Muck Robert Rader (Part 2) Ron Speirs (Part III)

A COMPANY OF HEROES, Marcus Brotherton’s most recent book, was based on interviews with family of dead E Co soldiers.

 

 

Easy Company (Band of Brothers) is a fictional company in the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers”. Easy Company was formed by men who volunteered for duty during World War II. The company fought in Europe and North Africa, and then later in the Pacific theater. Reference: easy company still alive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is still alive from Easy Company Band of Brothers?

A: Easy Company Band of Brothers was a television show on the History Channel in 2005. The show followed elite paratroopers from the 101st Airborne Division who landed behind enemy lines during World War II and completed missions, including Operation Market Garden (a large airborne invasion) and Battle of Berlin.

What happened to Easy Company Band of Brothers?

A: Easy Company Band of Brothers was created by a user named CobaltBlue and has been discontinued.

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A: Easy Company has sadly been inactive for a long time. They are not on Facebook or anything anymore, and they also have no YouTube videos posted.

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