Bradford Freeman, Last Living “Band of Brothers” member, Dies

The last surviving soldier of Easy Company, as depicted in the World War II television series “Band of Brothers,” Bradford Freeman, has died.

The 97-year-old Freeman, in a report by the American military newspaper Stars and Stripes, passed away on Sunday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Caledonia, Mississippi.

Freeman’s passing was reported in his neighborhood newspaper, along with an obituary written by his kids.

“Our dad was always astounded that a country boy from Mississippi was able to see so many places and meet so many interesting people,” according to his obituary from Lowndes Funeral Home in Columbus.

Freeman was the last surviving combatant who served in World War II and served as an inspiration for the groundbreaking television series “Band of Brothers.”

Based on a Stephen Ambrose novel, the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers” chronicled the members of Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division from their training in Georgia in 1942 through some of the war’s most intense engagements in Europe and to the end of the war in 1945.


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