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Bull Randleman Passes Away

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#1 Jet



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Posted 03 July 2003 - 10:48 AM

Former WWII paratrooper 'Bull' Randleman dies


Denver "Bull" Randleman, whose real life experiences as a paratrooper during World War II was featured in the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers," died Thursday in a Texarkana, Texas, hospital.

Randleman, a former U.S. Army sergeant, lived in Texarkana, Ark., and was 82 years old.

At press time late Thursday, funeral arrangements were pending from East Funeral Home.

Earning the nickname "Bull" from his Army buddies because his brawny build and husky voice, Randleman served in E (Easy) Company in the 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division in Europe during World War II.

His real life experience, as well as the experience of many other GI paratroopers during the war, was featured in the 2001 HBO 10-part series "Band of Brothers."

Based on the late author and historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 book by the same name, the series chronicled the war experience of the men in Easy Company in this famed division known as the "Screaming Eagles."

Born in 1920 near Rector, Ark., Randleman, like many other his age during the Great Depression, left his home state to seek better job prospects. He moved north to Michigan and joined the U.S. Army in early 1942.

May he Rest In Peace
And when he gets to heaven
To Saint Peter he will tell
One more soldier reporting sir
I have served my time in hell

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Posted 07 July 2003 - 12:14 PM

Major Richard Winters gave Randleman a great honour-he said that he was one of the best soldiers he ever had. Randleman earnt a fierce reputation as an E Company man. My prayers are with his family in this difficult time, but find joy that he is now at peace with God, with all his fallen brethren.
"GARRY OWEN"-Traditional war-cry of the US 7th Cavalry.
"CURRAHEE"-War-cry of the US 506th PIR.
"Everybody thinks that they are going to get the chance to punch some Nazi in the face at Normandy-and those days are over, they are long gone"-Lt Chris Burnett

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