Last surviving ‘Band of Brothers’ veteran dies: “Always amazed that Mississippi farm boy had seen so much of the world”

The last American veteran who was part of the military unit on which the well-known television series ‘Band of Brothers’ is based has died. Bradford Freeman turned 97.

Freeman was part of Easy Company, the United States Army paratrooper unit dropped over France during World War II. He took part in the invasion of France on D-Day, in Operation Market Garden – a failed offensive in the Netherlands – and the Battle of the Bulge. During those last battles he was wounded. He then took part in the occupation of Berchtesgaden – where Easy Company reached Adolf Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest first – and Austria.

After the war, he worked for the United States Postal Service for 32 years. He died at the age of 97 in a hospital near his hometown of Caledonia, Mississippi. “Our father was always amazed that a Mississippi farm boy like himself had seen so much of the world and met so many interesting people,” reads his obituary. Freeman leaves behind two daughters, four grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

The story of Easy Company was told by Stephen Ambrose in the book ‘Band of brothers‘, which formed the basis for the award-winning television series of the same name.

By Editor

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