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Stephan Obrieski
September 9, 1917 - June 12, 1944 (aged 26)
PVT. Stephan Obriseki2
A portrait of Stephan Obrieski
Nickname Obi
Place of birth Polandflag Warsaw, Poland
Place of death 2000px-Civil and Naval Ensign of France Carentan Cathedral, France
Height 6'0 (182 cm)
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Pfc Private First Class
Unit 3rd Squad, 3rd Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
Battles/wars Battle Of Normandy

- Purple Heart Lane

""We happy fewer and fewer. I'll be sure to sign my life insurance policy on the way out."" — unused audio

Private First Class Stephan "Obi" Obrieski was an American paratrooper of immigrant Polish heritage, belonging to the 502nd Parachute Infantry. A member of Sgt. Matt Baker's 3rd Squad, Stephan participated in the Battle of Normandy under Lt. Col. Steve Chappuis' 2nd Battalion.

BackgroundEdit

Early LifeEdit

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Obi in the RTH30 manual

Obrieski was born in Warsaw, Poland, and emigrated to the United States, leaving his parents behind. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Obrieski volunteered for the newly-activated airborne divisions in the hopes of truly earning his American citizenship. There he was assigned to 3rd Squad under Sgt. Baker. As the war progressed, Obrieski and the rest of the 101st Infantry Division were moved to England to train for an invasion of France. He had hoped to find his family in Poland after the action in France, if they had survived the Nazi occupation.

Battle of NormandyEdit

On June 6 1944, Obrieski and his squad were flown over the Normandy countryside. The three battalions of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment were all to land in and around Saint-Martin-de-Varreville, with Lt. Cols. Robert Cole and Steve Chappuis' battalions being instructed to take out coastal artillery in aide of the 4th Infantry Division arriving at Utah Beach. As a result of foggy weather, the paratroopers were misdropped and much of the 502nd landing miles away from their objectives. As a result, Obrieski only reached his unit four days later when their initial objectives had been completed.[1]

DeathEdit

On June 12th, 3rd Platoon entered Carentan and occupied its Église Notre-Dame de Carentan, with Obrieski entrusted with a bazooka should German tanks arrive. However, due to the apparent lack of any German forces in the area, Obrieski discarded his bazooka, smoked a cigarette and joked about drinking champagne to celebrate victory.

It was just after this that a German sniper hit him through the head, apparently at some distance since his comrades only heard the gunshot after his death. The others saw his body fall straight off the top of the church as the German forces arrived. His body is seen covered with a sheet of white cloth at the last scene of RTH 30. His helmet is left on the tower, stained with his blood. After his death, he is never mentioned throughout the game.

TriviaEdit

  • Obrieski is most often seen during Road to Hill 30 using the M1 Garand rifle.
  • He was in the fire team under Hartsock. He appears to be friends with Pfc. Tom Zanovich.
  • He was known to dislike Kevin Benjamin "Legs" Leggett, because he thought he was responsible for the deaths of Privates Larry Allen and Michael Garnett and also because he destroyed the only bar left in the city of Carentan.
  • He has a 'dame' (girlfriend) back home as well as a pet dog.
  • In the PSP version, he is shot through the chest, not the head. In the PlayStation 2 version, Obrieski is shot in the middle of his face, leaving a hole in the middle. His helmet is left on the tower, stained with his blood.
  • In the PC version, he says, "We'll get him when this is over." a split second before he is shot. This is ironic because he was about to face 'his over'.

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