Private Roy W. Cobb (June 18, 1914 - January 1990) was a soldier who served with the 1st Armored Division years before enlisting in the paratroopers with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army during World War II. During his military service, Roy’s rank was always Private. Cobb was portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers byCraig Heaney.
Cobb had served in the army for nine years prior to enlisting in the Parachute Infantry. During that time, he took part in an assault landing in Africa with the 1st Armored Division. He survived a torpedo attack that sank the troop ship he was on when travelling back to the States.
During the drop intoNormandyon June 6, 1944, he was wounded inside the plane and was unable to jump. Cobb andGeorge Luzhad exchanged seats because Luz wanted to jump earlier in the stick. Luz was afraid of being hit in the plane and not being able to jump. After recovering inEngland, Cobb rejoined his unit after they were relieved from combat operations in France; he took part inOperation Market Gardenin theNetherlands, and fought atBastognein theBattle of the Bulge. In January/February 1945, he was selected for a patrol atHaguenauunderJack Foley.
When the patrol commenced, Cobb’s raft riding capsized, sending the men into the frigid water of the Moder River. They were then ordered to remain behind by an officer. The patrol returned with two prisoners, while one severely wounded German was left on the riverbank.David Kenyon Websterfeared the wounded German, if recovered, would give away the outpost’s position and threaten their safety, therefore he offered to silence the wounded soldier. Webster and another paratrooper each threw 2 grenades, none of which killed the German. Cobb later made one attempt with a grenade of his own, killing the wounded soldier.
Cobb was discharged from service after assaulting Jack Foley, his platoon commander, inHaguenau, after consuming a bottle ofschnapps. While handing thecourt-martialpapers in,Robert Sinksaid, “Foley, you could have saved us all a lot of trouble. You should have shot him.”
Cobb died in January 1990 atNiagara, New York.
He was portrayed in Band of Brothers by Craig Heaney as a very unfriendly, bitter, and at some moments a cowardly person. This is thought to be because he served so long in the army but was never promoted. However, he is described in Stephen E. Ambrose’s book Band of Brothers as invariably good-natured. One controversial note occurred during the episode “The Last Patrol”, in which Cobb gets drunk after the patrol e and is mildly scolded by Second Lieutenant Jones and Staff Sergeant JohnMartin.
In reality, Cobb was being yelled at by Jack Foley, who led the patrol, and Cobb eventually charged at Foley. Two men had to restrain him and John Martin pulled out his pistol and pointed it at him.This moment was not portrayed in the series, but several other events depicting him as bitter were shown in the series but never mentioned in the book .
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