Ronald Speirs

Ronald Speirs
Speirs 3.jpg
Speirs in Austria, 1945
Nickname(s)"Sparky", "Killer", "Bloody"
Born(1920-04-20)April 20, 1920
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
DiedApril 11, 2007(2007-04-11) (aged 86)
Saint Marie, Montana, United States
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1942–1966
RankUS-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant colonel
UnitDog Company/Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division

World War II

Korean War

Laotian Civil War


Silver Star Medal ribbon.svg Silver Star
Purple Heart ribbon.svgPurple Heart
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War II Victory Medal

U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg Presidential Unit Citation (2 OLC)
RelationsElsie (2nd wife)
Robert (son)
Other workGovernor of Spandau Prison, Red Army Liaison Officer

Lieutenant Colonel Ronald C. Speirs (20 April 1920 – 11 April 2007)[1] was a United States Army officer who served in the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division during World War II. He was initially assigned as a platoon leader in B Company of the 1st Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Speirs was reassigned to D Company of the 2nd Battalion prior to the invasion of Normandy in June 1944 and later assigned as commander of E Company during an assault on Foy, Belgium after the siege of Bastogne was broken during the Battle of the Bulge. Speirs also served in Korea, where he was assigned both as a rifle company commander and as a staff officer. He later became the American governor for Spandau Prison in Berlin. He reached the rank of captain while serving in the European Theater during World War II, major during the Korean War and retired as a lieutenant colonel. Speirs was portrayed in the television miniseries Band of Brothers by Matthew Settle.


Speirs was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1920 and spent his first few years there. He emigrated with his family to the United States, arriving in Boston, Massachusetts on 25 December 1924.[2] He attended military training in high school, which led to a commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the infantry of the United States Army. After the United States entered World War II Speirs volunteered for the paratroopers. He served as a platoon leader within Dog Company, 2nd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, which later became part of the 101st Airborne Division, at Camp Toccoa, Georgia and was shipped to England in late 1943 shortly before Mission Albany. After arriving in England, the division began training for the invasion of France.

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