Private Durden was an American paratrooper of the 101st Airborne Division who fought during World War II.


During Operation Overlord, he dropped from a plane, but he missed his target. Instead, he landed in the bocage and was trapped with another paratrooper in a house full of German soldiers. They stayed there for an uncertain amount of time until Captain Ramsey and Lieutenant Mike Powell of the 2nd Ranger Battalion cleared the house and freed them.

Unfortunately, Durden's companion was shot by a sniper mid-sentence shortly afterwards, and Germans started to swarm the house. Durden helped Ramsey and Powell defend the house and joined them when they left, assisting them in destroying the two 88mm cannons along with Private Cobb, who was found later on in another cottage. He and Cobb split up from Ramsey and Powell as they continued their own mission.[2]

While he may have been killed while destroying the 88mm cannons, he's presumed to be alive and to have survived the ordeal. His fate, and that of Ramsey and the three other paratroopers found in the bocage, remains unknown.

  1. He can be killed during "Battle in the Bocage", but he can still live through it.
  2. Even if he and Cobb are still alive, they won't follow through the next mission.

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