Band of Brothers
The Memorial plate for the fallen soldiers of E company PIR 506 in Nuenen, Netherlands during Operation Market Garden in 17 September 1944. Installed on 15th of June 2005. " The eagle will always scream for our fallen brothers. May the world never forget." This Monument is dedicated to all that fought and is symbolic for all the sacrifices made for the liberty of Holland.
The 506th PIR was dropped at Son. The drop zone was well recognized because the house had a adjacent barn that had the word Paulushoef written of the roof, that is how they knew their DZ. The family takes great pride on showing their thanks to the Screaming Eagles. In front of the house they have a memorial for the paratroopers in a shape of a chute. 4,500 Paratroopers were dropped in this area, 53 gliders landed also with more troops and equipment. Photo credit: Urbinatravels.
From the memorabilia of Private William (Bill) Wheeler, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Division. He trained at Toccoa and was originally with HQ Company. He volunteered for pathfinder school. In D-Day as a pathfinder his transport airplane made a controlled ditching in the English Channel after being hit by AA fire. Ended up in Easy Company as a replacement. He participated in the Holland Jump, the defense of Bastogne, and other actions completing his tour with Easy Company in Austria at war's end
Monument at Beuzeville au Plain, France. Dedicated for The crew of crashed C 47 of 439th, Troop Carrier Command with Stick 66 of E comany under Thomas Meehan, at 12 AM, June 6, 1944 This monument shows the insignia of the units involved in the crash and the names of all those on board the plane. The monument is in the shape of the tail plane of a C-47 Dakota
“I had my pistol in one hand, my cricket in the other…I crept along the hedgerow looking for a gate. Just as I found it, I heard a stir on the other side. I drew my pistol and got all set. Then I heard the click. That was the most pleasant sound I ever heard in the entire war.” General Maxwell D. Taylor, commander of the 101st A D. It was the means for paratroopers to identify friend from foe in the dark. - Metal cricket with Pfc. Cecil J. Mick, “D” Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd PIR.
Jim “Pee Wee” Martin joined the now famous 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment at Camp Toccoa in July 1942 as one of Col. Robert F. Sink's “Toccoa Originals” Martin was given the nickname "Pee Wee" because he was the lightest man in the regiment. Martin parachuted into Normandy and later jumped into Holland in the leading wave of "Operation Market Garden”. He also participated in The Battle of the Bulge and operations in Germany in 1945.