Academic journal article Military Review

A COMPANY OF HEROES: Personal Memories about the Real Band of Brothers and the Legacy They Left Us

Academic journal article Military Review

A COMPANY OF HEROES: Personal Memories about the Real Band of Brothers and the Legacy They Left Us

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A COMPANY OF HEROES: Personal Memories About the Real Band Of Brothers and the Legacy They Left Us, Marcus Brotherton, Berkley Caliber, New York, 2010, 346 pages, $25.95.

As chronicled by Stephen Ambrose in his book, Band of Brothers, the men of Easy Company, 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, experienced both drama and trauma during World War II. HBO immortalized them in the famous television miniseries of the same name, but what became of those men? How did they live their lives after their experiences in the crucible? What were they like before joining the parachute infantry, and how did their combat experiences change them?

Author Marcus Brotherton answers these questions and gives the reader insight into the personal histories of 26 members of Easy Company in his book, A Company of Heroes. Brotherton interviewed the sons and daughters, nephews and nieces, brothers and sisters, and, in a few cases, the widows of selected veterans. The surviving relatives shared personal recollections and stories about growing up with their veteran relatives, providing insight into how those vets tried to live unaffected lives after being combat infantryman. The stories vary from marriage, career, and family stories to dark accounts of alcoholism, divorce, and disease, with death as the only release from suffering. …

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