Ed Tipper, Easy Company 506th PIR Original Member, Passes Away

Edward Tipper, a paratrooper who jumped into Normandy with Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment on D-Day has passed away at age 95.

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Sergeant Edward Tipper

Born in 1921 to a working-class family from Detroit, Ed Tipper was refused by the US Marine Corps after the attack on Pearl Harbor for an improper overbite. Instead of the Marines, Tipper joined the Parachute Infantry and found himself with Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, at Camp Toccoa in Georgia.

Ed Tipper jumped with the 101st Airborne Division on D-Day, taking part in the fight for Normandy. On June 12, 1944, when Easy Company was taking part in the fight for the city of Carentan, Tipper was wounded by a Mortar shell after clearing a house. The shell destroyed his right eye and he suffered breaks in both legs. He was carried by Joseph Liebgott and Harry Welsh to a nearby aid station. From there, Tipper was sent to a first in hospital in England, then to the United States, where he spent a year in army hospitals before being discharged.

Tipper credits the original commander of Easy Company, Captain Herbert Sobel, with his survival “All (Sobel) could do better than anyone in the company was run, and we hated Sobel so much, we kept on running just to spite him,” Tipper said. “When I was blown up by a shell, I know I would have died before I got to the medics on a ship if it hadn’t been for my physical condition and training.”

Ed Tipper earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for service during the war. In 2011, he received the French Legion of Honor Medal. After the war, Tipper went to the University of Michigan and received a masters degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He became a high school teacher in Iowa and Colorado and was awarded a John Hay Fellowship in 1960 to study English at the University of California, Berkeley. Ed Tipper is survived by his wife and daughter.

For More on Easy 506th PIR Check Out:

Band of Brothers (BD) [Blu-ray]

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