Bradford Freeman, Last of the ‘Band of Brothers,’ Has Died At 97

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The last of the “Band of Brothers” has passed away.

Bradford Freeman, the final survivor of the famous World War II Army unit that was featured in history books and the popular miniseries, was 97. Per the Lowndes Funeral Home in Columbus, Mississippi, Freeman died Sunday at nearby Baptist Memorial Hospital.

Freeman was 18-years old and a student at Mississippi State when he enlisted to fight in World War II. He eventually became become a paratrooper a mortarman in Company E, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.

Bradford C. Freeman (Photo courtesy of Lowndes Funeral Home and Crematory)

“He parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, fought in Operation Market-Garden, and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge, later participating in the occupations of Berchtesgaden, Germany, and Austria,” wrote The Associated Press.

Following the war, Freeman returned to Mississippi and worked as a mailman for 32 years. He married Willie Louise Gurley on June 29, 1947.

Freeman is survived by a sister, two daughters, four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

“Our dad was always astounded that a country boy from Mississippi was able to see so many places and meet so many interesting people,” the obituary said.

“Band of Brothers” featuring Freeman was first a best-selling book written by University of New Orleans historian Stephen E. Ambrose. It became an HBO miniseries in 2001 and has an almost unheard of 9.4 ranking (out of 10) on IMDB.

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