1st Lt. Thomas Meehan III, Company Commander of E Co, 506 PIR, 101 Airborne Division was KIA on June 6, 1944 in the D Day invasion of France. He was killed with 16 other Currahees when the aircraft they were in was hit and exploded over Ste-Mere-Eglise, Normandy, France.
Right before take off at Uppottery airfield the young Lieutenant wrote on the back of his chest number the following:
“Dearest Anne, In a few hours I’m going to take the best company of men in the world into France. We’ll give the bastards hell. Strangely, I’m not particularly scared. But in my heart is a terrific longing to hold you in my arms. I love you Sweetheart – forever. Your Tom.”
He handed it out the door of the C-47 to be sent to his wife.
In this video, retired USMC veteran -triple Purple Heart recipient- and actor portraying Colonel Sink in the HBO series Band of Brothers reads another letter that Lt Thomas Meehan wrote on 26 May 1944 (11 days before he died) at the actual crash site.
Lt. Meehan was buried with 22 others in Ste-Mere-Eglise. His remains were brought back to the United States in 1952 and reburied in a mass grave at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, MO. Remembered by his daughter Barrie.