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
Died April 11, 2007(2007-04-11) (aged 86)
Saint Marie, Montana, United States
Allegiance   United States
Service/branch   United States Army
Years of service 1942–1966
Rank US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant colonel
Unit Dog Company/ Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
Battles/wars

World War II

Korean War

Laotian Civil War

Awards


Silver Star ribbon.svg Silver Star
Purple Heart ribbon.svg Purple 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)
Relations Elsie (2nd wife)
Robert (son)
Other work Governor 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 Dog Company of the 2nd Battalion prior to the invasion of Normandy in June 1944 and later assigned as commander of Easy 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.

Youth

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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