Third Squad/1st Recon Squad
Staff Sergeant Matthew Baker
The protagonist and player character in Road to Hill 30 and Hell's Highway. Promoted to Squad Leader just before the D-Day jump and put in charge of a Recon Squad just before Operation Market Garden. He struggles with leading his squad and guilt from losing men due to his actions, and coming down with PTSD which starts to adversely affect him in Holland.
- A Father to His Men: Especially to Franky "Beans" Laroche.
- Big Damn Heroes: Comes charging to the rescue at Bloody Gulch, courtesy of a pair of M4 Sherman tanks.
- Contemplate Our Navels: Big time in Road to Hill 30. Lampshaded in Earned in Blood, as paraphrased below:
- "Back in England, we'd be playing baseball or something, not Baker! He'd always be off staring at the sky or some shit!"
- The Hero: Of the first and third games.
- Hero of Another Story: In Earned in Blood
- In Harm's Way: According to Hartsock in Earned in Blood.
- One-Man Army: In the the penultimate mission of Road to Hill 30, he is sent by Mac on his lonesome to find The Cavalry. In the second mission of Hell's Highway, he searches a Dutch mansion for German machine gunners. And when searching the hospital for Franky, at least until Red comes to the rescue.
- Rank Up: He is promoted to Staff Sergeant sometime between Earned in Blood and Hell's Highway.
- Rousing Speech: That someone else but him makes these is often lampshaded. After Red gives one of these in the penultimate mission of Road to Hill 30:
- Corrion: "I think he stole your line there, Baker."
- Played Straight however in Hell's Highway when he gives a rousing speech to his men at the end of the game when his squad began to doubt his command.
- Sanity Slippage: Hell's Highway.
- Scars Are Forever: Sports a doozie as a result of being knocked on his ass by a German tank shell in Road to Hill 30.
- He gains an additional scar in "Hell's Highway" when the cafe he and Hartsock are in is destroyed by a mortar.
- Screw the War Were Partying: After Hartsock is promoted Baker loots a bottle of alcohol from a ruined building and suggests they celebrate.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Heading this way in Hell's Highway.
- Silent Protagonist: In Road to Hill 30, outside of cutscenes and the pre-mission monologue, he only speaks when barking orders. Averted in Earned in Blood, where he helps and gives orders to Hartsock in cutscenes before the latter is promoted to command of his own squad. In Hell's Highway, he appears in many more cutscenes, which replace the monologues of Road to Hill 30.
Corporal Samuel Corrion
The commander of Baker's assault team and a friend of his since boot camp. He fights under Baker through Normandy and Operation Market Garden but their friendship is tested as the war continues, with Corrion believing he is ready to command his own squad but Baker feels he is not ready.He is wounded in Holland and after learning that Baker hid the truth of Allen and Garnett's deaths from the squad he vows to never fight alongside Baker again.
- The Lancer: To Baker in Earned in Blood, following Red's promotion. He shares this role with Zanovich in Hell's Highway.
- Rank Up: He desperately wants to be promoted to Sergeant much like Baker and Hartsock, but this is ultimately averted when Baker, in the wake of Frankie's death, chooses Paddock for promotion instead.
- Took a Level in Cynic: During the first game, he was one of the more idealistic members of Baker's Squad, to the point he was one of the few people who still vouched for Leggett following the ambush that he led with Allen and Garnett going array and killing the two of them. By the third, he's already started to question Baker following his repeated rejections for promotion. It finally comes to a head when he finds out the truth regarding the former event.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: To Baker after the latter tells the truth regarding Allen and Garnett's deaths.
- Undying Loyalty: To Baker until he finds out the truth regarding Allen and Garnett's deaths.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Despite Baker saving his life after being critically wounded, he instead becomes even more of a jerkass towards him, not helped by the fact that he had just found out the circumstances regarding Allen and Garnett's deaths.
Corporal Thomas "Zano" ZanovichA veteran of the French Foreign Legion and the oldest member of the squad. He is promoted to corporal and fire team leader after Hartsock's promotion to second squad leader. Despite all the combat he has seen he still keeps his strong sense of humour.
- Ascended Extra: Gets far more lines and screentime in Hell's Highway. It helps that he's the new fire team leader replacing the now-promoted Hartsock.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially in Road to Hill 30. By Hell's Highway, he's mellowed out somewhat.
- The Lancer: He becomes this alongside Corrion by the time the 3rd game takes place.
- Rank Up: He is promoted from private to corporal and fire team leader before Operation Market Garden.
Private First Class Kevin "Legs" LeggettThe radio operator for Baker's squad. Leggett is naive and idealistic thinking that all stories have happy endings, Through the series he learns that in war this is rarely the case. He strikes up a rivalry with Allen and Garnett which reaches its climax during an assault on an enemy held farm house when he starts a fight with Allen which leads to Allen and Garnett being killed. He is unable to live with the guilt of what he has done and eventually throws himself in front of an enemy tank during the battle of Hill 30, killing himself.
- Communications Officer: He serves as the squad radio operator.
- Foregone Conclusion: His death at Hill 30 is the opening of the game.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: He suffers one after he gets Allen and Garnett killed.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: He is one of the smartest people in the squad and the only one to wear glasses.
- Suicide by Cop: He is unable to deal with the guilt caused by Allen and Garnett's deaths and so attacks a German tank to make it kill him.
- Survivor's Guilt: He holds a large amount of guilt for the role he played in Allen and Garnett's deaths and this, coupled with Baker making him keep his role a secret and thus suppress the emotions leads him to commit the Suicide by Cop mentioned above.
Private First Class Jack CourtlandA young private from Richmond, Virginia. He joined the paratroopers with dreams of gaining glory and wooing French girls with his tales of valour. These dreams faded after his first hellish days in combat and now his main concern is getting out of the war alive.
- Ascended Extra: Gets more lines and screentime in Hell's Highway.
- The Quiet One: Had almost no dialogue outside of combat in Road To Hill 30. Averted in Hell's Highway, where he gets a ton of speaking roles.
Private First Class Stephan "Obi" ObrieskiA Polish immigrant in Baker's squad and a good friend of Zanovich. "Obi", as his friend call him, joined the paratroopers to prove he was American. He has family back in Poland and hopes to rescue them from the Nazi occupation.
- Boom, Headshot: See Killed Off for Real below.
- Killed Off for Real: Shot in the head by a German sniper in Carentan.
- My Girl Back Home: He has a girlfriend back in the states who he tells the squad about. This leads into Fatal Family Photo territory as he is killed only a day after she is first mentioned.
- Screw the War Were Partying: His first suggestion after the squad takes Carentan is to break out the champagne and start partying.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: One second he is joking with his friends about how he plans to celebrate liberating Carentan, then next second he is shot dead by a sniper.
Private First Class Dale "Kid" McCrearyA young loud-mouth from Pennsylvania, Dale McCreary irritates the majority of the squad with his somewhat arrogant attitude and talkative manner.
- Ascended Extra: Gets far more speaking roles and screentime in Hell's Highway.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Noted to be one of the most talkative members of the squad, while at the same time still taking down a lot of Germans.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Most of the squad find him real annoying, but that doesen't seem to bother him that much.
- Younger Than They Look: Is around the same age as the rest of the squad (apparently in his early 20s), but looks like a 15-year old.
Private First Class Gary "Jas" JasperA new addition to Baker's squad who joins before Operation Market Garden, He is brought in to replace those lost in Normandy. He serves as a member of the squads special weapons team, operation the bazooka or machine gun.
- Anti-Armor: He carries around a bazooka as one of his primary weapons for this purpose, though in practice he only does this once, against two Panzer IV tanks while assaulting a town. Most of the time, he's confined to destroying enemy positions and artillery pieces.
- BFG: His bazooka and M1919 Browning machine gun.
- The Big Guy: In Baker's Squad in Hell's Highway, due to the fact that he's responsible for handling machine guns and anti-tank weapons.
- Demolitions Expert: Aside from handling machine guns, he's also the squad's go-to guy for destroying fortifications and tanks with a bazooka.
- I Call It "Vera": He labels his bazooka as "Stella".
- More Dakka: His role as the squad's heavy weapons guy also grants him access to light machine guns, specifically the M1919A6 Browning.
Private First Class Mike DawsonA veteran paratrooper who gets reassigned to Baker's squad some time before Operation Market Garden, serving as part of Baker's assault team. A self described "English bastard of a rich father and a poor mother," his resentment of being the result of his upper-class father slumming it with his not-so-rich mother led him to move to America and enlist in the US Army. He is a strong believer in fate and his superstitions have made him a loner in the group.It is revealed that he met Leggett before he joined the squad and was told the truth of Allen and Garnett's deaths. He spends much of the third game trying to get Baker to confess the truth to the squad.
- Berserk Button: A few days after Franky's death, Mike catches a British soldier wearing his Airborne jacket. Infuriated, Dawson has to be restrained from picking a fight with a half-dozen Brits.Baker: Daws, take it easy! It's just some random Brit!Dawson: [Pointing to Franky's name on the jacket] Does this look fucking random to you?
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: One thing that makes him stand out on the battlefield is his refusal to wear a helmet. He says it throws off his aim.
- Token Minority: He's a Brit serving as a paratrooper in the US Army, and his accent stands out.
Private Larry AllenA young Private in Baker's squad who serves as part of Baker's assault team in Normandy. He is best friends with Private Garnett and shares a rivalry with Leggett He is killed along with Garnett three days after D-Day while trying to flank a farm house held by the enemy. He and Leggett get in a fight that alerts nearby Germans to their presence and the Germans take them by surprise. He bleeds to death after he kills the Germans who attacked them, his final words being an apology to Leggett.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Gallows Humour: He and Garnett love to indulge in this.Garnett: [while observing a dead body] What do you suppose killed him?Allen: Wasn't old age, I know that.
- Hypothetical Fight Debate: He and Garnett are seen arguing with Leggett over who would win between Superman and Batman.
- Those Two Guys: Along with Garnett. The two are always seen together and even landed right next to each other on D-Day while other squad members took days to find one another. They even die togther.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Him and Garnett
Private Michael GarnettA young Private in Baker's squad who serves as part of Baker's team in Normandy. He is best friends with Private Allen and shares a rivalry with Leggett. He is killed along with Allen three days after D-Day while trying to flank a farm house held by the enemy. Allen and Leggett get in an argument and Garnett is shot in the head while yelling at the two to be quiet.
- Boom headshot: His fate when his patrol is ambushed by Germans
- Deadpan Snarker
- Gallows humour: He and Allen love to indulge in this.Garnett: [while observing a dead body] What do you suppose killed him?Allen: Wasn't old age, I know that.
- Hypothetical Fight Debate: He and Allen are seen arguing with Leggett over who would win between Superman and Batman.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: "Leggett, Allen get the fu-"
- Those Two Guys: Along with Allen. The two are always seen together and even landed right next to each other on D-Day while other squad members took days to find one another. They even die together
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Allen.
Private Michael DesolaOne of the Assault team members under Corrion during the assault on Normandy.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Killed by shrapnel from a German bomb in an attempt to cross the bridge at Purple Heart Lane.
Private Timothy ConnorA replacement in Baker's squad who serves as Jasper's assistant in the squad's weapons team.
- The Quiet One: He has one line of dialogue in the game. Besides that one line the closest we get to more dialogue is him screaming if he is wounded during gameplay.
Technician 5th Grade Nathan Holden3rd Squad's replacement radio operator following Leggett's death.
- Communications Officer: His role in the squad aside from being a fire team member is to radio friendly units.
Private David MuzzaA member of the squad's scout team. Muzza is the first member of the squad to die, being killed before he can even set foot off the plane on D-day
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He is killed at the beginning of the series, before anything can be learned about him.
Private Johnny RivasA member of the squad's scout team. Rivas is killed as soon as he meets up with the squad four days after D-day by being shot in the throat by a sniper.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He is first seen sitting on the plane on D-day and his only other appearance is his death.
Private Franky "Beans" LarocheThe youngest member of Baker's squad, Franky is joins the squad in Holland as a replacement for those lost in France. He is the only member of the squad without combat experience but he excels in training and is eager to prove himself. During the bombing of Eindhoven he disobeys orders to try to save a local girl he met earlier. He fails and both of them die. He is the only member of Baker's squad to not survive Operation Market Garden.
- Child Soldiers: He is believed to have lied about his age to join the army.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Beans"
- First Kiss: Has his with a local girl he meets in Eindhoven.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: He can shoot a Quarter at fifty yards.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: He's only called Franky by the other squad members.
- Senseless Sacrifice: He abandons the squad to save a Dutch girl he met earlier that day only for him to die along with her.
Staff Sergeant Joseph "Red" Hartsock
Best friend of Baker and the protagonist of "Earned in Blood". He was originally part of Baker's squad as the fire team leader. He was promoted to leader of second squad after the battle of Hill 30 and leads his squad through the remainder of Normandy and Operation Market Garden in Holland. Red is the only married man in the squad and his wife gave birth while he was in the army, he wants to win the war so he can go home and meet his daughter for the first time. He is wounded in an artillery attack in Holland and left paralysed from the waist down, finally being allowed to return home to meet his daughter.
- A Father to His Men
- Fingore: He gets his ring finger blown off in Bapute.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a scar running from the bridge of his nose across his right cheek.
- Hero of Another Story: He serves as this in "Hell's Highway".
- Promoted to Playable: In "Earned in Blood"
- The Lancer: To Baker in Road to Hill 30.
- Rank Up: He is promoted from corporal to sergeant after the battle of Hill 30. He is then promoted a second time to staff sergeant before Operation Market Garden.
- Rousing Speech: He gives one to the squad before the battle of Hill 30
- Tragic Keepsake: He wears Doyle's 82nd Airborne patch on his helmet after Doyle is killed.
Corporal /Sergeant Franklin PaddockA loud mouthed corporal from Kansas who serves as leader of Hartsock's assault team.He is made leader of second squad after Hartsock is wounded.
- Comically Missing the Point: He misunderstands Cole asking what unit he is from and believes that Cole is asking where he grew up.Cole: Where are you paratroopers from?Paddock: Kansas, sir!Doyle: He means what unit.Paddock: Oh, uh, 101st, F Company.
- Dynamic Entry: He is introduced when he single-handedly destroys a German Anti-Aircraft gun blocking Hartsock and Doyle's path.
- :Rank Up: He is promoted from corporal to sergeant near the end of "Hell's Highway".
- Southern fried private: He speaks in a strong southern accent
- "Open!" Says Me: He attempts this on the front door of a church in Eindhoven.
- You Are in Command Now: He is promoted to sergeant after Hartsock is wounded.
Corporal Jacob CampbellA corporal originally from 1st Squad, who is later folded into 2nd due to suffering heavy losses during the D-Day landing. He becomes Hartsock's fire team leader later in the story.
Private First Class James Marsh
- Back for the Dead: His first and only appearance in Hell's Highway, no less.
- Killed Off for Real: Killed by a sniper hiding in a burning building.
- Killed Offscreen: We only see him after he dies.
Private First Class Dean "Friar" Winchell
- Killed Off for Real: By an artillery shell when the café he, Campbell, Red, and Baker are in is hit.
Private First Class William Paige
- Deadpan Snarker: Of 2nd squad.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Drags Red to safety despite being mortally wounded from the same tank shell that killed Doyle.
- Those Two Guys: With Mcconnell. Doesen't last.
Private Derrick Mcconnell
- Demoted to Extra: In Hell's Highway, where he is only mentioned a few times but is never seen in person.
- Only Friend: He's the only member of the squad who gets along with Paige.
Private James Roselli
First Sergeant Greg "Mac" HassayA platoon sergeant who served alongside Baker's father. He serves as Baker's superior officer in Normandy and is eventually promoted to First Sergeant. It is revealed in Hell's Highway that he is the only person Baker told the truth about Allen and Garnett's deaths.
- "Open!" Says Me: He kicks open the side gate to house that he, Baker and Leggett have to sneak around.
- Secret Keeper: He serves as this to Baker when it comes to the reasons for Allen and Garnett's deaths.
- Sergeant Rock
Sergeant George RisnerThe childhood best friend of Baker, Risner is the commander of an M5 Stuart light tank fighting in France. He originally trained to be a paratrooper but was injured in training and transferred in the regular army. He reunites with Baker in France the day after D-day and offers to use his tank to support the squad. He is killed the same day when his tank is disabled by a German anti tank squad and he is forced to fight them with his pistol before he is shot dead.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Baker and 3rd squad from a German ambush in his introductory level.
- Sacrificial Lion: The first major character to die in the story when he is killed in an ambush near St. Come Du Mont, along with the rest of his crew.
- Tank Goodness: He commands an M5 Stuart tank.
Corporal/Sergeant Seamus DoyleAn Irish paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Division who Hartsock meets on D-day after Doyle saves him from a German. The two quickly become friends and fight alongside each other throughout Normandy. He is eventually promoted to sergeant and given his own squad. He is killed during the battle of St. Sauveur after taking a direct hit from a tank shell.
- Hero of Another Story: He serves as this in "Earned in Blood".
- Ludicrous Gibs: This happens after he is shot by a tank.
- Not Enough to Bury:
Lieutenant Colonel Robert ColeA real life paratrooper who serves as Baker's battalion commander in Normandy. He is awarded the Medal of Honour for leading a bayonet charge on a German held farm, an event that is depicted in the game. He goes on to lead Baker's battalion during Operation Market Garden. He is shot dead by a German sniper during the second day of Operation Market Garden.
- Colonel Badass: He leads a bayonet charge against a well defended enemy position and succeeds.
- Boom, Headshot: How he is killed by a German sniper.
- Historical-Domain Character
- Killed Offscreen: We only see his body. Subverted when a flashback immediately follows said scene showing the exact circumstances of his death.
- Shoot Everything That Moves: His advice to his men is if something moves shoot it and if it screams in German shoot it again.