Edward J. Tipper Jr.
|File:Sergeant Edward Tipper.jpg|
|Born||3 August 1921|
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Died||1 February 2017 (aged 95)|
Lakewood, Colorado, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1942–1945|
|Rank||Private First Class|
|Unit|| Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment,|
101st Airborne Division
Private First Class Edward J. Tipper Jr. (3 August 1921 – 1 February 2017) was an enlisted man in Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the 101st Airborne Division, United States Army during the Second World War. He was one of the 140 original Toccoa men of Easy Company. Tipper was portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers by Bart Ruspoli. Information about Tipper was featured in the 2009 book We Who Are Alive and Remain.
Tipper was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1921 to an Irish couple. The family moved back to Ireland when Tipper was three years old, but they returned to the United States later. Tipper graduated from a Detroit school in 1939 and worked at a department store.:9–10
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Tipper signed up for the United States Marine Corps (USMC), but was rejected because his teeth could not bite together.:42 He therefore volunteered for the paratroopers. He was sent to Toccoa, Georgia and was assigned to Easy Company for training under Captain Herbert Sobel. During the training in Camp Mackall, Tipper was made Sobel's runner; with his help, "Sobel was able to mislay his maps, compass, and other items when he most needed them." Tipper received further training with Easy Company in Aldbourne, United Kingdom.
Tipper made his first combat jump into Normandy on D-Day, where he met with fellow Easy Company member Frank Mellet and some other paratroopers and engaged in a firefight with a German patrol.:105 Later, the men and other paratroopers attacked the Marmion Farm. The soldiers held the farm before joining their own units.:114
Tipper fought in Carentan: after clearing a house, a mortar shell exploded near him when he was standing in the doorway. His right eye was destroyed and his legs were broken. Two other members of E Company dragged Tipper to a nearby aid station.:121 Tipper was sent to a hospital in England, where his right eye was removed.:121 He was then sent back to the United States.
Tipper was discharged in August 1945 after one year in Army hospitals.:201 At first Tipper needed to walk with a cane and wore an eyepatch. Tipper remembered how everybody wanted to do something to show support for the returning war veterans. For instance, someone would pay his bill for him at a restaurant or there would be no bill at all.
Tipper attended the University of Michigan and completed his master's degree in English at the University of Northern Colorado, and became a teacher.:201 In 1961 he won the John Hay Fellowship from the University of California at Berkeley. When Tipper was sixty one, he met Rosie (who was then thirty four) and they were married on 12 February 1983.:202 Their daughter Kerry was born ten months later.:203
Tipper died on 1 February 2017 at the age of 95.
Medals and decorations
- Brotherton, Marcus (2009). We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from Band of Brothers. Berkley Trade. ISBN 0425234193.
- Ambrose, Chapter 2
- Brotherton, Marcus. "When Ed Tipper Came Home from War" in Men Who Lead Well
- Worthington, Danika. "Edward Tipper, one of the few remaining in the "Band of Brothers," dies at 95". The Denver Post. The Denver Post. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
- Ambrose, Stephen E. (1992). Band of Brothers: Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7434-6411-6.
- Edward Tipper at Find a GraveLua error in Module:WikidataCheck at line 22: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
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