Lester A. Hashey was born in Bangor, Maine on 23rd February 1925. When he was 16 he watched a short feature while at the cinema about paratroopers who jumped out of airplanes, put on skis, and skied down the mountains with guns. The image stuck with Les and on his 18th birthday he quit his job at the shipyard and enlisted, determined to become a paratrooper.
He earned his wings and actually arrived in Scotand on the 6th June 1944. He was soon assigned to Easy Company as a replacement when they returned from Normandy.
Hashey jumped with Easy into The Netherlands for Operation Market Garden and headed with the company to the Ardennes for the Battle of the Bulge. One night as the Germans were shelling the 101st Airborne's positions, Les was hit by shrapnel while in his foxhole. The shrapnel pierced his shoulder and punctured his lung. He was taken off the line for treatment and never returned to Easy Company.
He remained in the army and served in a Military Police unit, and as a driver in the Finance Corps. He trained Special Forces in scuba diving and swimming. He served in Korea, and retired from the army at the age of 38.
He married Anna and had 3 children.
Hashey features in the Band of Brothers book, miniseries and documentary, and was portrayed by Mark Huberman in the miniseries. He is pictured with his wife Anna, Mark, and Mark's girlfriend at the Emmy Awards.
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