Normandy Odyssey by Gil Cohen
On June 7, 1944, a day after their scattered jump into Normandy, paratroopers of Easy Company, 506th P.I.R., 101st Airborne, pause in the newly liberated French village of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont.
In their odyssey to rejoin Easy Company, the men have traveled the enemy-occupied countryside, stopping only to fight skirmishes at medieval farms and hedgerows.
Now, safely within the friendly lines behind Utah Beach, they relax by a memorial to the dead of World War I to reflect on where they’ve come and to prepare for where they’re headed.
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Non-limited, unnumbered, signed by Easy Company paratrooper Ed Tipper. Includes a certificate of authenticity.
Ed was born August 3, l921, in Detroit. When Pearl Harbor was bombed and war declared, Ed tried to enlist in the Marines, but was rejected because his teeth did not bite together perfectly. Instead, Ed enlisted in the Army Paratroops and in August l942 became a founding member of Easy Company as it was formed in Toccoa, Georgia. Ed jumped with Easy Company into Normandy on D-Day.
Ed fought a short, but intensive war before he was badly wounded by mortar fire in the battle for Carentan, France. Ed spent a year in Army hospitals and recovered almost completely except for his destroyed right eye.
After the war, Ed graduated from University of Michigan in l949 then spent more than 30 years teaching high school in Iowa and Colorado. In his spare time, Ed bought, renovated, and operated apartment buildings, before retiring in l979.