Retired 1st Sgt. Harold Eatman passes at 102 years old

| July 9, 2018 | 15 Comments

AW1Ed sends us the sad news that retired First Sergeant Harold Eatman has passed at the age of 102 years old. He was an original member of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment and one of the few who jumped four times with the 82d Airborne Division during World War II, according to Army Times;

“Harold Eatman was among the generation of All American paratroopers who defeated Nazism, liberated Europe, and inspired many generations of paratroopers to follow,” said Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, spokesman for the 82nd Airborne, in a statement. “We always say that when you wear the Double A patch, you walk among legends. One of those legends has passed.”

Eatman was one of fewer than 2,800 paratroopers to have made all four World War II combat jumps with the 82nd Airborne Division — in Sicily, Salerno, Normandy and Holland. Fewer than 16 now remain living, according to the 82nd Airborne.

Eatman volunteered to serve in the Army in 1942, according to the 82nd Airborne. He served in H Company, 505th Regimental Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, from October 1942 through September 1945.

His awards and decorations include the French Legion of Honor, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, two Army Commendation Medals, and the Senior Parachutist Badge with four bronze stars.

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  1. Deplorable B Woodman says:

    How did he ever walk around, with clanking brass ones that big?
    RIP, Top, RIP.

  2. Sapper3307 says:

    Slip away. young man,

  3. Wilted Willy says:

    You Sir are a true hero and the greatest generation will miss you! RIP and may God Bless you and your family during this very sad time. You lived a good life!

  4. Jay says:

    Among the angels now. RIP 1stSgt

  5. bman says:

    RIP fellow Panther.

  6. AW1Ed says:

    Fair winds and following seas, First Sergeant Eatman.

  7. Sparks says:

    Rest in well deserved peace Sir.

  8. Ex-PH2 says:

    Rest in Peace, First Sergeant Eatman.

    Thanks for what you did.

  9. OldSoldier54 says:

    Dang, Top. I’ve heard of mustard stained wings, but somebody spilled a whole jar of mustard on yours.

    See you in a while, Brother. On the big DZ in the sky.

  10. RGR 4-78 says:

    Rest in Peace.

  11. zachary A hudgins says:

    He was my Great Uncle. My grandfathers older brother. He was truly a hero among heroes. He set the standard for many to follow.
    French Legion of Honor
    4 Bronze Stars
    Bronze Star Medal
    2 Purple Hearts
    2 Army Commendation Medals
    Senior Parachutist Badge

    His older brother, Robert, was with Merrill’s Marauders. One of the first Ranger units deployed into combat. He was put in for the Medal of Honor, and the paperwork was lost or top brass declined it. Who knows.
    I am honored to be his nephew. These men were the men that made men better. They were the strongest, bravest, most selfless generation we have had the grace to know and love. My family thanks you all for your kind words.

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