Dissolve into a shot of a water tower and a smoldering barn. The group approaches a pasture with mooing cows, and I think we all know what that means: cow-tipping, Normandy-style. While Donnie and Wynn, nicknamed "Popeye," rush ahead to investigate a burning barn, the others survey closer carnage -- one paratrooper swings gently from a tree, hung by his own chute. Others lie scorched and bloodied, killed either during the descent or after they touched down. A tall, lean guy called McDowell stares at the dead, his jaw hanging agape in an eerily Ross-ish "lights-on-but- no-one-home" expression. Donnie boldly begins raiding the corpses, defending himself by citing their desperation for supplies and weapons. Malarkey eagerly rolls over one body and frisks it in search of a Luger pistol for his kid brother -- and, to clarify, this obsession is new. Malarkey is not the person from Episode One who admired and fondled the British soldier's Luger; this was either poor planning or just a mistake. Before the men can do much plundering, they hear telltale sounds that Winters identifies as the beginning of the Naval invasion on Utah beach. Winters rounds up the gang and leads them away. Gonorrhea storms around in a right tizzy, disdainfully calling Hall a "cowboy" one more time for no real reason other than to look mad. Malarkey informs Hall that Gonorrhea's brother "got it," and that the news is still stinging him. He's vengeful.
Slogging toward their objective, the soldiers come upon a camp of German warriors being held by two Americans with rifles. Relieved to get directions to the battalion's headquarters, Malarkey celebrates by trash-talking one of the German men; he's startled to hear the youth reply in English. Intrigued, Malarkey doubles back and learns the man was born in Eugene, Oregon, right near where Malarkey himself was raised. The man's German father "answered the call that all true Aryans should return to the fatherland," and, as such, he's fighting on the German side. Malarkey basically reacts with an "ooh, bummer, dude" attitude, then sits down to dish Eugene and the neighborhood haunts and the hot little redheaded girl who gave out easy lovin' behind the bleachers. You know, all the important memories.
Outside the Allied encampment, a wall of dead horses oozes blood onto the muddy soil. McDowell gingerly steps around it, looking sick. Winters and Nameless Man #46 reunite. From watching this episode three times and using a very sophisticated process of elimination, which involves transcribing the credits and crossing out names, I've determined NM#46 is actually Buck Compton. Naturally, his name is never clearly used either here or in the previous hour; for the sake of easy recapping, though, I'm using it from here on out, and I apologize if this moment of clarity detracts from the giant clusterfuck that is this show. Compton seems to be ranked one notch below Winters; he's got very light, close-cropped blond hair and pale eyes, and seems pretty competent and well-liked. He reports that ninety percent of Easy is unaccounted for, including Lt. Meehan. Compton also notes that Winters will be the next Easy Company commander if Meehan remains missing. A dark-haired, muddy officer named Speirs from Dog Company stops by and relays that only twenty of his group made it through; he's the only officer who lived.