Request: Pvt. Antonio Garcia in Band of Brothers
"We’re not heroes. It burns me up how people use the word ‘hero’ today. The heroes are the kids who gave 100 percent; they gave their lives. The heroes are the mothers who gave up a son, who carried him for nine months, and raised him to do right, and he does right, and at eighteen, he goes to fight for his country, and he dies doing right. That’s a hero…Bill and I get furious when we hear it used in the wrong context. We know we’re not heroes. The kids who went to war and never walked back through his mother’s front door, he’s the hero.”
Edward ‘Babe’ Heffron (16 May 1923-1 December 2013)
Fort Bragg was were I first met a fella who’d become one of my best friends, Earl McClung, an American Indian from the Colville Reservation up in Washington. He had done his jump training at Fort Benning and then been sent to us. Most of the fellas in Easy Company didn’t think too much about a man if he didn’t start with us in Toccoa, but there was something different about McClung. To begin with, that man could shoot. He and I talked rifles and ammunition, hunting and fishing.
Marcus Brotherton (Shifty’s War)