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 Clifford Carwood Lipton

Clifford Carwood Lipton

Birth
Huntington, Cabell County, West Virginia, USA
Death 16 Dec 2001 (aged 81)
Clear Creek, Henderson County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Huntington, Cabell County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 6036160 · View Source
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World War II United States Army Officer. He is remembered as one of the major characters on pages of Stephen Ambrose's 1992 book and 2001 award-winning HBO TV miniseries "Band of Brothers”. His real-life military service came to life on the TV screen in ten one-hour episodes with Actor Donnie Wahlberg portraying Lipton in the miniseries. From 1942 to 1945, he served in the United States Army in Company, 2nd Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He advanced in rank with a battlefield commission from Sergeant to 2nd lieutenant, receiving the rank of 1st lieutenant before being discharged. As a one of the leaders in Easy Company, he was able to keep the men's spirits high causing them to perform their best. When Lipton was a ten-year-old, his father was killed in an automobile accident and his mother paralyzed in the same accident. As the oldest child, Carwood, as he was called, took on more responsibilities becoming a leader at a young age. He graduated high school and completed his freshman year at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia before financial difficulties at home caused him to drop his studies for a full-time employment. After reading an article in “Life” magazine about parachuting in the US Army Airborne, he enlisted in the US Army on August 13, 1942 at Fort Thomas, Kentucky. He would have entered the military at the rank of 2nd Lieutenant instead of a private if he had first finished college. He trained at Camp Tocca and Fort Benning, Georgia; then Camp McKall and Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and intense training in England before orders to invade Europe. His service during World War II started with being the jumpmaster on one of the C-47 Skytrains, which was a aircraft used to transport paratroopers. After sky diving into Normandy in northern France, he was able to rendezvous with 1st Lieutenant Richard Winters, Easy Company's executive officer; several others from the 101st and 82nd Airborne Division; and several more from Easy Company. They worked their way just south of their objective of Carentan, France. From June 10 to 15, 1944, the Airborn battled with the German Wehrmacht during the Battle of Normandy as they approached the city of Caremtam. He was teamed with Private Myron Ranney during the Brecourt Manor Assault, where Easy Company was assigned the task of destroying four short cannon-like guns, 105 mm German howitzers, which were firing down on US troops on Utah Beach. Easy Company destroyed the howitzers and for his part in this action, Lipton was awarded the Bronze Star. It was here that he was wounded with by shrapnel for which he received his Purple Heart. As Easy Company received replacements for their original members, he welcomed the new soldiers making them feel a part of the established team. At one point, he ran like a madman through parts of a town that was swarming with German soldiers to reach all of the members of Easy Company warning each that the company was moving-out. He assisted with the leadership of Easy Company as the unit brought to safety over 140 British Paratroopers who were trapped between a river and the Nazis front line. As an enlisted man at the rank of Sergeant, he was unofficially in charge when a couple inexperience 2nd lieutenants had difficulties making decision. His leadership skills were soon recognized, and in February 1945, he was received an official battlefield commission as a Second Lieutenant in Haguenau, France. Lipton later witnessed the horrors of the Holocaust at Landsberg, Germany where he and the rest of Easy Company liberated Kaufering Concentration Camp. Easy Company captured Hitler's “Eagle's Nest," at Berchtesgaden, Germany. While there, Lipton became acquainted with Ferdinand Porsche, who was responsible for the powerful Panther and Tiger tanks during the war and later the Volks Wagon automobile. With Porsche being able to speak English, the two warriors ate their meals together while Porsche was an inmate at a POW camp. He advanced to 1st Lieutenant and was involved with other campaigns and actions during his three-year service in the war.After World War II, he remained in the Army Reserve through to the Korean Conflict era, but was not deployed overseas again. He finished his studies at Marshall University after the war, receiving a degree in Engineering. He soon got a position with Owens Illinois Inc., a manufacturer of glass products and plastics packaging, and advanced quickly up to the executive ladder. He was transferred to various offices including Bridgeton, New Jersey; London, England and Scotland for total of sixteen year internationally; and Toledo, Ohio in 1982. A year later, he retired as the Director of International Development with 36 years with this company. Southern Pines, North Carolina became his retirement home: he had married, became the father of three sons, had five grandchildren and at the time of his death, a great-grandchild . He appeared on two television shows, providing commentary in the HBO mini-series “Band of Brothers” and an accompanying series, “We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company”. His cause of death was pulmonary fibrosis.

Bio by: Linda Davis


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1st Lt US ARMY
WORLD WAR II
BRONZE STAR MEDAL
PURPLE HEART & 2 OLC


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  • Originally Created by: Erik Lander
  • Added: 18 Dec 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6036160
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Clifford Carwood Lipton (30 Jan 1920–16 Dec 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6036160, citing Woodmere Memorial Park, Huntington, Cabell County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .