|Sgt. Robert E. Wynn|
|Status||Deceased as of 2000|
Sergeant Robert "Popeye" Wynn was a young soldier in Easy Company.
Robert Wynn was born in July 10, 1921, in Tacoma, Washington.
He grew up in his hometown, and after graduating High School, he worked in the Norfolk Naval Yard in 1939.
Wynn then enlisted in the army in 1942, and volunteered for the Paratroopers. He was assigned to E Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th PIR at Camp Toccoa. He trained under Captain Herbert Sobel, who harrased him and the rest of the Company during training.
After training, Wynn qualified at Fort Benning, and trained more through Camps Mackall and Shanks, before heading to England.
He jumped into Normandy on June 6, 1944. He grouped with fellow E Company troops Corporal Joe Toye, Private Donald Malarkey, Sergeant William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, Lieutenant Richard Winters, and Sergeant C. Carwood Lipton, along with two men from the 82nd Airborne named Private McDowell, and Private Olsen, and an A Company trooper named Private John D. Hall.
After reaching his DZ at Ste. Marie-du-Monte, Wynn was assigned to participate in the Battalion's assault on Brecourt Manor.
During the assault, Wynn was charging the trenches, when a bullet hit him in the buttocks. He apologized for getting hit, thinking he had let his comrades down. He was shoved out of the trench, and was covered by his fellow troopers. Wynn was then treated by Lipton and Mike Ranney. He was then carried to a hospital in England.
However, after hearing that his Company was moving out, he left the hospital without the authority, and rejoined his Company, because he didn't want to be sent to another outfit. However, his wound wasn't treated properly, and he had trouble sitting down, but he eventually recovered.
He then participated in Operation Market Garden on September 19. He helped in the "Island" charge on October 5, where he and the Company took out two German SS Companies.
After leaving in November, he and the unit then fought in the Battle of the Bulge on December 18. During the battle, a new replacment named Harold Webb was being shown the many wounded of the Company. Wynn was one of the men shown, being described as having his "scrawny little butt" being shot. He then helped in the attacks on Foy, Noville, and Rachamps.
He and the Company then headed to occupy Germany on April 2, 1945. There, they didn't get in many fights, and actually got along with the German residents. However, they did discover a Nazi Concentration Camp filled with half-dead Jews, which showed them why they were fighting.
After the war ended in May 8, Wynn returned to the US, married, and had a daughter named Dawn. He eventually moved to Kitty Hawk in the Outer Banks in 1971, where he enjoyed fishing with his family and friends.
He was the first person of E Company that was interviewed for the HBO Miniseries Band of Brothers'.
He died in 2000, before the series aired.