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A huge thank you!

March 3, 2010

This weekend Shonda and I are hosting an event for 4 living members of Easy Company, 101st Airborne. This is a fund raiser to shoot a follow up documentary to the award winning Band of Brothers HBO mini-series.

I wanted to give a special shout out to this company, that is playing a huge part in making the event happen.

They are flying two of the veterans up here to take part in the event and we are very grateful to them for that.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. syphax permalink
    March 4, 2010 11:33 am

    Fantastic. I think it should be pointed out that Honor Flight New England is not a for-profit company, it’s a non-profit charity, and it could use your donations!

    http://www.honorflightnewengland.org/Donation%20Form.html

  2. March 4, 2010 3:13 pm

    Definitely looks like this is cool. (Although I DO get VERY upset with your stubborn refusal to look at climate change effectively—nitpicking about extraneous issues rather than looking at the very SOUND science about Earth systems, radiative heating, carbon/biogeochemical cycles, and atmospheric dynamics that clearly point to large and potentially dangerous man-made interference with the climate change.). I DO love how you devote yourself to remembering the brave members of the Greatest Generation who are beginning to pass away–their contributions to ending fascism in Europe enabled America to become the preeminent country in the world. I wouldn’t have the freedom and opportunities presented to me presently without their contributions and sacrifices. Keep up the good work helping to keep our history alive. Too many people in this country could give a hoot about science, history, literature, culture etc. We need to remember the brave men of the 101st Airborne, if only so that we can have others emulate their courage to face the collective challenges we face now in a time of economic and climate crisis where that spirit of sacrifice will be needed once again.

  3. jiffy1963 permalink
    March 4, 2010 7:45 pm

    looking forward to meeting some of these individuals as well as some of the other political figures as well as you , Mr Curt Shilling , for being such a gracious host.
    Emb. William J Middendorf and Jeffrel Leech

  4. wwiienthusiast permalink
    March 5, 2010 5:34 pm

    As I sit here and look up and down this blog for the first time, I wonder why nobody has yet to comment on this exciting and emotional news regarding these true heros. A friend of mine mentioned that he had seen a short note of this in the herald so I had to pull up your blog in the hopes that you might have some info on it. To me this is a once in a lifetime experience. To have the privledge of actually meeting four of the original members of easy company would be an experience that would paralyze me with excitement, humble me, and more than likely bring a tear to my eye. Based on just a couple of short interviews that I’ve seen with you and correct me if I’m wrong, your connection to the WWII museum, your passion for the men, the war, the time period, and everybody in it must equal that of mine. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about what they all did to save the world. You are a very lucky man and I am envious.

    Also , a fantastic job by the honor flight people.

    Thank you

    M. White
    whita@verizon.net

  5. kfmulvey permalink
    March 5, 2010 10:28 pm

    Curt:

    This is great. You are correct, WWII vets are leaving us at a rapid rate. It will be a sad day when they are all gone. I am a huge fan of the “Band of Brothers” HBO series. I have tried to find out as much about these men since the series aired in 2001. If you can, please ask them how often they talk to/communicate with the remaining brothers of Easy Co., including Capt. Winters. Well done on recognizing these men.

  6. March 7, 2010 9:54 am

    Dear Mr. Shilling,

    Thank You for hosting the veterans of the 101st Airborne. It gives me great pleasure to see people so involved with our military.
    As an Air Force member myself, I’d like to ask you one favor. My mother Barbara Hepburn is one of the biggest Red Sox fans in New England. Today she is battling cancer and has very limited time. Opening day might not be in her future. Her 75th birthday is on March 10, and we are having a card shower for her. She cannot handle a birthday party in her condition so we decided on a card party. We were hoping some way to get a few cards from the Red Sox and especially Jacoby Ellsbury. It would be much appreciated if you could give me and my 10 brothers and sisters this one last wish for my mother.

    You can contact me @ scotthepburn468@comcast.net or 413-387-9654. Her address is

    Barabra Hepburn/ Axton
    47 Garden St
    Williamstown, VT 05679

    Sincerely,

    MSgt Scott Hepburn

    and my ten brothers and sisters;
    Cindy, Betty, Teri, Eddie, Kim, Lu-anne, Barbara, Robby, Kenny and Jodi

  7. 66jbannon permalink
    March 7, 2010 12:42 pm

    Curt,

    I have been trying to find a replica jersey of yours when you were with the Phillies. Even a Red Sox or Diamondbacks jersey would do. I can not find one anywhere.

    I have been a fan ever since you were with the Phillies.
    When you moved to Arizona I noticed how you taught, by example, Randy Johnson to win big games, especially playoff games.
    You then went to Boston and helped that team break the Babe’s curse.

    I drove you down Main St. in a WDW parade honoring your accomplishments.

    Can you help me find a jersey with your name and #38 on it?

    Jim Bannon
    jbannon2@mac.com

  8. fromthemainstreet permalink
    March 10, 2010 11:16 am

    Dear Curt:

    Well done hosting these veterans!! It is a noble jesture and very much appreciated.

    A quick veterans story to share with them. My father was in the Navy during WWII, mostly pacific theater aboard a heavy destroyer, USS HANK, and he had developed a friendship with Dom Dimaggio while both of them were stationed for a short time in Norfolk, VA. Dom had a car, a rarity powered by “borrowed fuel” from various military vehicles, and the two of them would go into town and buy sandwich’s and other items to resell on the base.
    (my father’s diary providing more detail than need be shared here)

    When my father was dying of cancer some 45 years later, he passed away before he could finish a letter he had written to Dom in Boston. (They did not communicate at all following their meeting and friendship in Norfolk, and I cannot imagine what prompted him to write so late in life). A friend of the family had sent the unfinished letter to the Red Sox front office in hopes of getting it to Dom, whom had a business in Boston.

    Dom telephoned my mother, herself an avid Bosox fan, and passed on his condolences, and talked with her for the better part of an hour about his memories of my father and things in general.

    The point of this story is twofold; First, to me, this reflects the charecter of the Bosox organization for not ignoring the letter and forwarding it on to Dom, and secondly, the charecter of Dominic DiMaggio for taking the time to give my mother a better sense of understanding in regards to my fathers time in the service, some 45 years after the fact.

    There are many “Dominic DiMaggios” that have served in the military, and we should recognize and keep them in our thoughts lest we forget (ignore?) the human element and lingering effects of armed conflicts, such as those that held a higher ground in civilian life prior to or after military service.

  9. goefast permalink
    March 10, 2010 11:18 pm

    Schill, it was nice to have you here in Arizona. Your actions were positive and inspirational to my kids.

    Carry on with tough work and know our thoughts are with you.

    Coach Lou Ettore

  10. daughterofdday permalink
    March 16, 2010 6:32 pm

    That is a wonderful thing you are doing for these veterans who are leaving us so quickly. You have a book and photograph of my paratrooper dad, Arthur ‘Dutch’ Schultz of the 82nd Airborne.

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