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Third squad was led by Sgt. Matt Baker during the length of operations "Overlord" and "Market Garden". During preparations for Market Garden, the entire platoon was re-formed as one of the 101st Airborne division's reconnaissance teams.

Operation Overlord roster Edit

Although never fighting fully as one complete unit, the members of the Third Squad during the Battle of Normandy were:

  • Sergeant Matthew Baker1
Base of Fire Team
Assault Team
Scout Team
 

1 Baker was promoted to lead the 3rd Squad very shortly before the Battle of Normandy.

2 Hartsock was promoted to leader of Second Squad following the Battle of Hill 30.

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Operation Market Garden roster Edit

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Cth

2nd Squad

2nd Squad was a unit originally attached to the 502nd PIR, operating within "Fox Company"'s 3rd Platoon. In September, the platoon was reformed and re-assigned as a reconnaissance unit independent of the 502nd.

Operational history Edit

During the initial droppings on D-Day, 2nd Squad took significant casualties, the only known survivors being Private James Marsh; Private First Class Dean Winchell and Corporal Franklin Paddock. Due to its depleted size, Corporal Joe Hartsock was routinely transferred from 3rd Squad to serve as 2nd's "acting sergeant". After the victory in Carentan and the subsequent Battle of the Bloody Gulch at Hill 30, Hartsock was officially promoted to Sergeant and took on official duty as the squad's leader. Alongside Hartsock, several other soldiers were officially made part of 2nd Squad - Corporal Jacob Campbell; Private Derrick McConnell and Private First Class William Paige officially-transferred from the tactically-worthless 1st Squad. In the action at St. Sauveur on June 16, PFC. Paige was fatally-wounded by shrapnel from a tank round; his final action before dying was to drag Sergeant Hartsock into some ruins, out of the tank's range.

Operation Market GardenEdit

On September 19, a German soldier shot and killed PFC James Marsh from a burning building. PFC Dean Winchell was killed when a mortar round struck a cafe he was inside some three days later; Sergeant Hartsock, who was also inside, was left paralysed. As a result, Staff Sergeant Matthew Baker, 3rd Platoon's commander during Operation Market Garden, selected Corporal Franklin Paddock for promotion to Sergeant to replace him, despite Corrion wanted to lead the 2nd Squad.

Second Squad Edit

Post-Hill-30 roster Edit

After the defense of Hill 30, Second Squad was reorganized, pulling survivors of various squads.

Fire Team
  • Corporal Jacob Campbell (from 1st, Fire)
  • Private James Marsh (orig 2nd)
  • Private First Class William Paige (from 1st, Fire)^
Assault Team
  • Corporal Franklin Paddock (orig 2nd, Assault)
  • Private First Class Dean "Friar" Winchell (orig 2nd, Assault)
  • Private Derrick McConnell (from 1st, Assault)

   





^ Killed in Action

Operation Market Garden rosterEdit

^ Wounded in Action

^^ Killed in Action

SourcesEdit


Other characters Edit

  • Lieutenant Colonel Robert Cole of the Third Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Patric Cassidy of the First Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.
  • Lieutenant Colonel S.L.A. Marshall, historian.
  • Staff Sergent Greg "Mac" Hassay of the Third Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.
  • Corporal Seamus Doyle of the 82nd Airborne Division.
  • Sergent George Risner of the 70th Tank Battalion.

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