Famed WWII veteran and honorary graduate of West Point High School, Babe Heffron, dies
Famed WWII veteran Edward "Babe" Heffron died Dec. 1 at the age of 90.

Heffron was a former private with Easy Company, an elite unit of the 101st Airborne Division, and was portrayed in the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers," based on a book by the same name, which relays the story of Easy Company -- the first paratroopers of the U.S. Army. They were reportedly the bravest, most efficient, physically fit, and tight-knit group of soldiers the Army has ever produced. The unit was called upon for every high-risk operation of WWII, including D-Day, Operation Market Garden in Holland, the Battle of the Bulge, and the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden.

In October Heffron visited West Point High School, as he has done over the past several years, to speak to upperclassman about his experiences in the war. He gave the following advice to students: Get your education and tell your mother that you love her.

Heffron was named an honorary graduate of West Point High School during last year's commencement ceremony.
Rest in peace, Babe.
Posted by: Deacon Blues 2013-12-02