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Corporal Francis J. Mellet was a machine gunner in Easy Company

Biography[]

Early life[]

Mellet was born on July 7, 1920, in Long Island, New York

Around 1942, Mellet decided to join the Paratroopers.

WWII[]

Mellet trained with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne, at Camp Toccoa, and was assigned to the 3rd Platoon as an assistant machine gunner to Corporal Walter F. Gordon.

After training at Fort Benning, and Camps Mackall and Shanks, he headed to Aldbourne England to await the invasion of Europe.

He landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944. When he landed, he immediatly threw away the tripod to his .30 cal. Machine gun. He first ran into Ed Tipper, and then was able to group with Walter Gordon, Floyd Talbert, Forrest Guth, John Eubanks, David Morris, Daniel West, C.T Smith, and Arthur Youman, as well as several other paratroopers.[1] After meeting up in Ste. Marie-du-Monte, Mellet helped secure the town of Carentan, and survived the rest of the campaign.

He then landed in Holland on September 17. After the campaign, Mellet, who had never been wounded during the previous two campaigns, expressed to others that he was concerned that when he was eventually hit, it would be fatal.

While taking the town of Foy on January 13th, 1945, Mellet was killed instantly when he was shot in the chest by a sniper. This same sniper also killed Kenneth Webb and Carl Sowosko before being killed himself by Shifty Powers.

He is buried at Long Island National Cemetery.[2]

The real Francis Mellet

Band of Brothers[]

Though he has no speaking parts, Mellet is seen extensively throughout the series, played by Alex Sabga. It should be noted that Sabga appears to be playing Paul C. Rogers during the first episode of the series, Currahee, as noted by Sabga wearing a uniform with the name tag "Rogers" throughout the episode.

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