1st Lt. Thomas Meehan III, was a commissioned officer with Easy Company.
Thomas Meehan was born on July 8, 1921. He enjoyed drawing and painting as a hobby. After graduating from Germantown High School in 1939, he completed two years at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Arts to become a commercial artist, but the war intervened before graduation. Meehan enlisted in his hometown of Philadelphia Pennsylvania on March 16, 1941.
After serving in Company "B" (Baker) after arriving in the United Kingdom, Meehan transferred to Company "E" (Easy) to replace Captain Herbert Sobel, who had been transferred to command a parachute training school for non-combat officers.
On D-Day, Meehan was killed when the C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft he was a passenger in was hit by German anti-aircraft fire. The plane crashed near the village of Beuzeville-au-Plain (approximately 2 miles northeast of the town of Sainte-Mere-Eglise), killing the crew and the paratroopers aboard, including Company "E"'s entire company headquarters group. The wreckage of the plane wasn't confirmed found until the 1950s, so until then, he and all the men on the plane were missing in action. Meehan was 22 years old at the time of his death.
Before takeoff, Meehan wrote a letter and handed it out the door of the C-47 to be sent to his wife:
In a few hours, I'm going to take the best company of men in the world into France. We'll give the bastards hell. Strangely, I'm not particularly scared. But in my heart is a terrific longing to hold you in my arms. I love you Sweetheart - forever. Your Tom
After his death, and following D-Day, he had been replaced by 1st Lt. Winters to head up Easy Company.
Meehan's remains were returned to the United States in 1952, and are now buried at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery (Plot 84 0 25-31), located just south of St. Louis, Missouri. He shares a grave site with the C-47 aircrew and fellow paratroopers of that flight.
On June 6, 2000, a memorial was dedicated in the Beuzeville-au-Plain church to Meehan and the other men that were killed when the plane was shot down
- Together with 1stSgt. William S. Evans, Meehan is the first character to die in the series.