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Edward Tipper (1921 - 2017)

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Edward Tipper (1921 - 2017)

Edward Tipper, one of the World War II paratroopers whose experiences were dramatized on the TV series “Band of Brothers,” died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, in Lakewood, Colorado, according to The Associated Press. He was 95.

Tipper was a member of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. His unit was part of the Allied D-Day invasion, parachuting into German-occupied France. Their experiences in the European theater were dramatized on the HBO series “Band of Brothers,” based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s book of the same name.

Tipper lost an eye, and his legs were broken when a mortar shell exploded near him during fighting in Carentan. He was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Actor Bart Ruspoli portrayed him on the TV series.

Tipper was born Aug. 3, 1921, in Detroit. He volunteered for the paratroopers following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The D-Day invasion was his first combat jump.

After being injured, he was hospitalized for a year. He was discharged from the military in 1945 and obtained a master’s degree, becoming a high school teacher. He married later in life and had a daughter.

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