Easy Company Reunion
Phoenix, AZ
October 9-13, 2002

photos by Tim Penkala
[nephew of PFC Alex M. Penkala, Jr., (E Co, 2nd BN, 506th PIR, KIA Foy, Belgium)]

Hospitality Tent
Mild weather allowed for the Reunion Hospitality Room/Dining Area to be
located under a large tent set up in the inner courtyard of the Double Tree Hotel.

Welcome Table
William J. "Wild Bill" Guarnere with the Sink Grail at a table in the Hospitality Tent.
Prior to 2002, "Wild Bill" had organized every previous Easy Company reunion. Also at
the table is Trisha Zavrel, daughter of "Babe" Heffron.

Easy Company Veterans
Kneeling: Richard M. "Red" Wright (Pathfinder); Sitting (L-R): Paul C. Rogers; Forrest L. Guth;
Edward J. Tipper;
and Janet Wright. Standing (L-R): Darrell C. "Shifty" Powers; Earl J. "One
Lung" McClung; Amos J. "Buck" Taylor; Mrs. Moore; Joseph A. Lesniewski;
and Frank J.
Perconte; In Background: "Wild Bill" Guarnere.

Sink Grail
The Sink Grail was shipped to the States, specially for the 2002 Easy Company reunion, from
the Republic of Korea, where it was in the care of the 1st BN, 506th Infantry (Air Assault)
active-duty Currahees. Chris Langlois, grandson of Easy Company Medic Eugene Roe, Sr.,
took the initiative to secure the Grail as a surprise for those attending the reunion.

Cudlitz, Speight, Grimes, & Settle

Four actors from the HBO Band of Brothers mini-series attended the reunion:
(L-R): Michael Cudlitz
(who played SGT Denver "Bull" Randleman)
Richard Speight, Jr. (who played SGT Warren H. "Skip" Muck)
Scott Grimes (who played SGT Donald G. Malarkey)
Matthew Settle (who played CPT Ronald C. Speirs).

They each received a commemoration plaque for their work in the mini-series, in
addition to the South Philly T-shirts from "Wild Bill" Guarnere and "Babe"
, both of whom are from Philadelphia.

Easy Company Veterans

After the farewell dinner on the last night of the reunion:

(Sitting L-R): William J. "Wild Bill" Guarnere; Edward J. "Babe" Heffron; Lynn D.
"Buck" Compton; William C. Maynard; Philip P. Perugini
(holding the Sink Grail);
Salvatore Frank Bellino; Donald G. Malarkey;
and Frank J. Perconte.

(Standing, Second Row, L-R): Antonio Garcia; Joseph A. Lesniewski; Roderick G. Bain;
John W. Martin; Frank Joseph Soboleski; Herbert J. Suerth; Paul C. Rogers;
Lester A. Hashey.

(Behind John Martin): Norman W. Neitzke.

(Standing at top of photo): Forrest L. Guth and Darrell C. "Shifty" Powers.

(Behind Paul Rogers): Donald L. King and Roy E. Pickel.

The following 30 Currahee PIR veterans attended the 2002 Easy Company Reunion:
Roderick G. Bain
Salvatore Frank Bellino
Maxwell M. Clark
Lynn D. "Buck" Compton
Jack E. Foley
Antonio Garcia
William J. Guarnere
Forrest L. Guth

Lester A. Hashey
Edward J. Heffron
Donald L. King
Joseph A. Lesniewski
Donald G. Malarkey
John W. Martin

MG(R) Salve H. Matheson
William C. Maynard
Earl J. McClung
Norman W. Neitzke
Frank J. Perconte
Phillip P. Perugini
Roy E. Pickel
Darrell C. Powers
Paul C. Rogers
Frank Joseph Soboleski
Herbert J. Suerth
Amos "Buck" Taylor, Jr.
Edward J. Tipper
William T. Wingett
Richard M. Wright

Henry C. Zimmerman

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This page updated 04/06/13