this is the product of an unimaginable amount of boredom and the passion (or urge?) to organize — a character chart for band of brothers and the pacific, and i figured others would like to have some kind of go-to page with extra information, too. :)
During Lena’s time at Camp Pendleton she met John Basilone. They were married on July 7, 1944 and spent some time together before John returned to the South Pacific. He was killed on February 19, 1945 on Iwo Jima. Lena was notified of his death on March 7, 1945 – her 32nd birthday. Lena never remarried. She purchased a home in Lakewood, California and lived there for over 50 years until her death
"I’m not sure anyone who lived through that one hasn’t carried with him, in some hidden ways, the scars. Perhaps that is the factor that helps keep Easy company men bonded so unusually close together”- Richard Winters (on Bastogne)
"Looks like you guys are going to be surrounded."
Lieutenant Louise Erman of the US Army Nurse Corps throwing her Ju-Jitsu instructor Major Strom during an unarmed combat class.
The Army Nurses were put through rigiours training in preperation for the opening of the second front—Normandy—by the Allies where they would follow the landing forces to help the wounded.
beautiful tragedy - a mucklarkey fanmix
this is a story about two boys and a world war. The first part about their instantaneous friendship, developing into a beautiful, relentless love. The second part about the tragic death of one and the other left to pick up the shattered pieces of his heart.
this is a story about two boys; one who died in the brutal war and one who survived and came home, alone.
Just to be clear, sir, you’re punishing me on the suspicion I may have taken something, the very existence of which you denied, something that, if it did exist, would rightfully belong to me anyway.
Papas of K company
Capt. Andrew "Ack Ack" Haldane & 1st Lt. Edward A. "Hillbilly" Jones
❝Sledge describes Hillbilly as an officer that was friendly yet not too familiar with the men, and also possessing qualities of bravery, leadership, ability, integrity, and compassion. The only other officer to equal these qualities was Capt. Haldane.❞
I don’t know whether to slap you, kiss you, or salute you.
Band of Brothers - Part Four: Replacements
U.S. pilots of the 332d Expeditionary Operations Group (332 EOG), 15th Expeditionary Mobility Task Force, United States Army Air Forces, also known as the “Tuskegee Airmen”, are photographed during a preflight briefing at Ramitelli Airfield. The Tuskegee Airmen is the popular name of a group of African-American military pilots who formed the 332d Expeditionary Operations Group and the 477th Fighter Group (477 FG). They were the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces. In the 1940s, the United States military was still racially segregated and black military pilots who trained in the U.S. were trained at Morton Field and Tuskegee Army Air Field, located near Tuskegee, Alabama. The 332nd Fighter Group, which originally included the 100th, 301st, and 302nd Fighter Squadrons, was deployed to Italy in early 1944. In June 1944, the 332nd Fighter Group began flying heavy bomber escort missions. In all, 992 pilots were trained in Tuskegee from 1941 to 1946. 355 were deployed overseas, and 84 lost their lives in combat or accidents and 32 were taken by Axis forces as POWs. Ramitelli Airfield, near Termoli, Province of Campobasso, Molise, Italy. March 1945. Image taken by Toni Frissell.
Winters, drawn in PS.
Newly liberated inmates at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp chase down and beat a former prison kapo. Kapos were prison functionaries who were fellow inmates assigned by the SS guards to supervise forced labor or to carry out administrative tasks within the camps. Many kapos were chosen by the SS from the ranks of inmates incarcerated for repeated criminal offenses and were often just as (if not more) brutal in their dealings with fellow inmates as the camp guards themselves. An eager prisoner functionary could have a camp “career” as an SS favorite and be promoted from Kapo to Oberkapo and eventually to Lagerältester (camp leader placed directly under the camp commandant, ensuring that the camp’s normal daily routines ran smoothly). But, as an inmate, his position was always tenuous and he could also just as easily run afoul of the SS and be demoted back to merely just another prisoner. Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, near Celle, Lower Saxony, Germany. 16 April 1945.
band of brothers sgt. frank perconte