Staff Sgt. Albert Leon Mampre, depicted in HBO’s “Band of Brothers”, recently passed away and was given an honor guard during his funeral. The honor guard consisted of members that were assigned to the same unit he served with during World War II.
Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 306th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division soldiers served as the honor guard, Mampre was the last surviving medic from the “Band of Brothers.”
Maj. Scott Krasko of the 101st Airborne Division stated, “The minute we heard about this we were going to support this (funeral) 100 percent. We wanted to respectfully honor the legacy of Al Mampre. The current soldiers draw strength from those who went before.”
Mampre enlisted in the Army in 1942 and received a Bronze Star as well as a Purple Hear. A self-described daredevil, he claimed the skills he needed during his time as a medic he learned when he was just a Boy Scout.
According to Mampre’s great-nephew Staff Sgt. Paul Mampreian, said, “He was always humble. He never talked about himself. Absolutely a down to earth man. He definitely influenced me to become a medic.”