Firebirds honor original 'Band of Brothers' paratrooper
Maj. Kelly Hook (right) and Staff Sgt. Jordane Knoob, 43rd Flying Training Squadron, prepare to hoist the American flag aloft during an impromptu surprise birthday celebration for World War II veteran Brad Freeman, one of the E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne soldiers who were the inspiration for the mini-series "Band of Brothers." Hook, Jordane and more than a dozen squadron members surprised Freeman the day before his birthday with the flag that was flown in his honor by 43rd FTS instructor pilots aboard several Columbus AFB, Miss. training aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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