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Denver Randleman
Actor | Real Life
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Name Denver Randleman
Nicknames Bull
Born November 20, 1920
Died June 26, 2003 (82)
Allegiance United States
Service/Branch United States Army
Years of Service 1942-1945
Rank Staff Sergeant
Unit Easy Company 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
Battles World War II
Battle of Normandy
Operation Market Garden
Battle of the Bulge
Other works Businessman
Relatives Vera (wife)
Actor Michael Cudlitz

Staff Sergeant Denver "Bull" Randleman was a non-commissioned officer with Easy Company. He earned the nickname "Bull" due to his large stature.

Biography[]

Early Years[]

Bull was born in Rector, Arkansas, he dropped out of high school in his junior year in the 1930s during the Great Depression and left home looking for work, and ended up in a foundry in Michigan. After the US entry into World War II in December 1941 he enlisted in the US Army Airborne in August 1942 at Kalamazoo, Michigan and started training at Camp Toccoa, Georgia. [1]

World War II[]

After completion of his basic training, he became a paratrooper at Fort Benning, and was promoted to the rank of Corporal, and made commander of 3rd Squad. As a member of Easy Company, he made his first combat jump on D-Day (June 6, 1944) in Normandy, France and fought in several major battles in the European Theater, including Operation Market Garden (September 1944) in the Netherlands and the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne, Belgium (December 1944).

After Normandy, he returned back to England with the 101st, and was promoted to the rank of sergeant. During the failed Operation Market Garden he became separated from his unit, and injured in the shoulder during a tank explosion. Unable to return to his lines, he spent most of the following night hiding in a nearby barn. His fellow soldiers thought he had been killed in action and during a search on the following day, he was found.

He later participated in the occupation of Germany and Austria. For his military service, he received the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

Later Years[]

After the war, he attended a trade school and eventually became service manager for J.A. Riggs Tractor Company, a Caterpillar equipment dealer. He then became a successful businessman and was superintendent of a construction contractor in Louisiana. He died of a staph infection in Texarkana, Arkansas at the age of 82.

Trivia[]

  • According to former Easy Company commanding officer, Major Richard Winters, Bull was one of the best soldiers he ever had.

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