Master Sergeant, United States Army
Sergeant Albert Blithe
June 25, 1923-December 17, 1967
"I'm a paratrooper . . . that's my job."
Private Albert Blithe was one of the Easy Company paratroopers featured in Episode 3 Carentan of the HBO Band of Brothers mini-series. In that episode, Blithe is first struck with a temporary case of hysterical blindness and then severely wounded in the neck. Fellow Easy Company Currahee veterans had thought that Blithe did not recover from his neck wound and had died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1948.
After viewing the mini-series, relatives of Albert Blithe have come forward with information and documentation that Blithe was wounded in the right shoulder, recovered from his wounds, attended the 1st Annual Reunion of the 101st Airborne Division Association, and subsequently went on to have an outstanding Army career (including over 600 parachute jumps and a MAAG assignment in Taiwan).
Blithe died in 1967 while on active duty in
Germany, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military
Courtesy of Currahee
DATE OF BIRTH: 06/25/1923
DATE OF DEATH: 12/17/1967
BURIED AT: SECTION 31 SITE 7672
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Posted: 27 August 2004 Updated: 18 September 2004 Updated: 18 July 2006 Updated: 27 April 2007