Ed Mauser, the oldest living member of the famed Easy Company of the 101st Airborne, has passed away. You are now with the Ages. Rest in peace.
“The old man of Easy Company is gone.
Ed Mauser of Omaha, the oldest surviving member of the 101st Airborne Division’s famed Band of Brothers unit in Europe during World War II, died at his home Friday. He was 94.
Mauser, who parachuted into France on D-Day and fought across Europe, was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in late December.
“It was a long trip, but everything comes to an end,” he said in a recent interview.
Edward “Babe” Heffron of South Philadelphia, Pa., an Easy Company veteran, said he was saddened by Mauser’s death.
“It’s a shame,” Heffron said. “Ed was a good soldier. He went through his share of hell.”
Mauser’s death leaves 35 known living veterans of famed Easy Company.
Mauser was a retired watchmaker who lived in relative obscurity for more than six decades after World War II. He was on the final Heartland Honor Flight to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., in April 2009.
Then he stepped from the shadows of history as an Easy Company paratrooper — a veteran of the Band of Brothers — in a World-Herald story during the Fourth of July weekend in 2009.”