History Club to Host WWII Veteran Edward 'Babe' Heffron from 'Band of Brothers' Fame
The La Salle College High School History Club will be hosting World War II (WWII) Veteran Edward 'Babe' Heffron on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 2:30 PM in the school auditorium. A former private with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army, Heffron was portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers by Robin Laing. Heffron is the author of Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends: Two WWII Paratroopers from the Original Band of Brothers Tell Their Story with fellow veteran William "Wild Bill" Guarnere and journalist Robyn Post in 2007.
While at jump school, Heffron made a pact with his two best friends, John T. "Johnny" Julian and J. D. Henderson, that if anything happened to one of them, the others would gather up their “brother’s” belongings , return them to their family, make sure that they call the family, and carry out any other individual requests.
Heffron is from South Philadelphia where he attended Sacred Heart Catholic Grade School and South Philadelphia High School until he left school to help make money for his family during the Great Depression. As a member of Easy Company, he fought in several major battles, including Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands and the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne, Belgium. During the Battle of the Bulge, he served as a machine gunner and was awarded the Bronze Star. He helped liberate the Kaufering concentration camp in Landsberg, Germany, and captured Hitler's Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus). Along with the Bronze Star, Heffron was also awarded the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.