Band of Brothers (WWII)

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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 today 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 abed
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.
from Shakespeare's Henry V (IV, iii) 

The history-teaching appeal of Band of Brothers shows up in Dean Muehlberg's later research into the character of
Don Malarkey in the book and miniseries:   "Don Malarkey was one of the 'Band of Brothers' and wrote Easy Company Soldier which I ordered from Amazon and just read. In it he describes growing up in Astoria , OR, where my brother now lives. I asked my brother if that name was familiar in Astoria. Turns out my brother's wife grew up there and lived next to him and played with his daughter dressing up in his old uniforms when they were kids. She just talked to him a few months ago when he was back to Astoria for a visit. It's a small world."

Commenting on the recent passing of Band of Brothers veteran Darrell "Shifty" Powers, Writing Group member Bill Casper also has "read Steven Ambrose's book, having watched Band of Brothers many many times, and reading We Who are Alive and Remain at the present time in which Shifty is quoted often."
     Casper feels that though Shifty Powers, who died recently, is now somewhat of a media celebrity, though his service was little more exemplary than thousands of others who served in WWII combat.  We should honor them all.  "He survived the war, came home, raised a family, and gained the notoriety he did via the book, TV series, etc. 
How about the thousands who did not come home?
     My uncle for example. 
He too was in the 101st Airborne, 427th Glider regiment. He landed at Normandy, participated in Operation Market/Garden and was at the Battle of the Bulge where he gave his life on Christmas morning.  He got to see his young son once and left a young bride in her twenties, himself being twenty five.  
He is buried at the American cemetery in Luxembourg along with thousands of other young men who never got the chance to grow old."

Several other Band of Brothers soldiers have published memoirs, such as Major Dick Winters, who died on January 2, 2011.

The comments of the surrendering German general provided a fitting reflection on what the war meant to both sides.

 Band of Brothers theme music.  Based on WWII-centered book Band of Brothers, E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne: From Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest (1992) by Stephen Ambrose, later a 10-part miniseries by Steven Spielberg (2001).