Edward J Tipper, Jr

Edward J Tipper, Jr

Death 2 Feb 2017 (aged 95)
Burial Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
Plot Section 57, Site 665
Memorial ID 175972689 · View Source
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Edward Tipper (born August 3, 1921) is a former PFC of the Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the 101st Airborne Division, United States Army during the Second World War. He is one of the 140 original Toccoa men of Easy Company. Tipper was portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers by Bart Ruspoli. Tipper's life story was featured in the 2009 book "We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from Band of Brothers". Tipper was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1921 to an Irish couple.

Tipper parachuted into Normandy, France on D-Day. Tipper fought in Carentan: after clearing a house, a mortar shell exploded near him when he was standing in the doorway. His right eye was destroyed and his legs were broken. Joseph Liebgott, fellow Easy Company member, was the first one to reach him and attended to him; Liebgott and Harry Welsh then dragged Tipper to a nearby aid station. Tipper was sent to a hospital in England, where his right eye was removed. He was then sent back to the United States.

Tipper received a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his service during World War II and D-Day. In 2011, the French government bestowed on him the French Legion of Honor medal, the country’s highest honor.

Tipper earned a master’s degree in education at the University of Northern Colorado, then the Colorado State Teachers College. Kerry Tipper said her father loved Colorado and was an avid skier well into his 80s.

He had a nearly 30-year teaching career — starting in Iowa and then returning to Colorado, where he taught English literature and ran drama programs at schools in Jefferson County, including Wheat Ridge High School, Lakewood High School, Alameda High School and Arvada High School. He received the John Hay Fellowship from the University of California Berkeley in 1961.
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  • Added: 3 Feb 2017
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