It's also the first time Perconte uses O'Keefe's actual name, a subtle but important gesture as it means he is now accepted, at least by Perconte, as a real soldier instead of merely a replacement.
While it straddles the line between this and Tear Jerker, when the soldiers find the Concentration Camp, one prisoner comes up to Janovec and starts hugging him with relief. The man bursts into tears while this is happening. Rather than looking freaked out or trying to push him off, Janovec just comforts the man he doesn't even know.
Another borderline Tear Jerker has the soldiers coming by a woman and her baby on the side of the road. She has her head shaved, which means she was one of the women punished for sleeping with the Germans. Without a word, the soldiers stop and give her provisions.
All the little moments that show how close the men were. Examples:
A group running up Currahee with their buddy after he was sent there for punishment.
The lengths the men go to to rescue their wounded comrades.
A morbid example, but the way the men all jump into action to find the man who shot Chuck Grant.
Harry Welsh lugging his reserve chute around because he wants to send it home for Kitty, to be made into a wedding dress. Yes, he did send it home and he got home to marry her as well.
In the final episode, "Points," teetotaler Richard Winters posts a couple of guards in front of a Nazi bunker - specifically Hermann Goering's house - to protect its contents from looters. . . then tells his friend, the hard-drinking Lewis Nixon (who has been complaining recently about not being able to find his favorite whiskey), to grab anything he wants from the massive wine cellar, then tells him that it's VE-Day, and the fighting in Europe is over. The look on Nixon's face is halfway between poleaxed and bursting into tears of joy.
Janovec and the German guard at the checkpoint. After months of fighting the Nazi army, it was nice to see two soldiers who until recently had been trying to kill each other exchanging jokes and stories. At least until Janovec dies in a car crash.
The scene in "Crossroads" where Sgt. Alley gets hurt, and Lipton goes into Team Mom mode and immediately starts soothing him and calming him down.
After Moose takes over command of Easy, Winters can't stop himself from staying up worrying about the men on their first mission since D-Day without him fighting alongside them.
The series doesn't state it outright, but the reason that Winters and Moose were at the checkpoint when Moose got shot was because Winters was wanting to check on his old unit and talked Moose into going out to 'inspect' the sentries. The man had a deep, lifelong attachment to his men.
Shifty Powers, a Toccoa man with fewer points than many of the replacements, laments that he has no chance of going home before the big jump into Japan. His buddies proceed to rig a drawing to ensure that he is chosen 'at random' to go home free and clear. Yes, he was seriously injured, robbed, and got home after most of his buddies due to a vehicle accident, but its the thought that counts.
At the end of the series; The German generals' speech showing not all Germans were evil.
"Men, it's been a long war, it's been a tough war. You've fought bravely, proudly for your country. You're a special group. You've found in one another a bond, that exists only in combat, among brothers. You've shared foxholes, held each other in dire moments. You've seen death and suffered together. I'm proud to have served with each and every one of you. You all deserve long and happy lives in peace."
Even more heartwarming because it's a Not So Different moment. Here we have a story about the closeness of brothers-in-arms, and that entire theme is summed up perfectly in this speech. By a German soldier.
Speirs informing Lipton that all of Easy Company has considered him their real leader for some time now, as he was just naturally doing everything a good leader should, without thinking about it.
Plus the fact that Lipton was at a complete loss to understand what Speirs was talking about until it was explained to him, point by point. Lipton wasn't concerned about accolades, fame, or reward; all he cared about was his men, and keeping them not only alive, but taken care of.
The entire tenth episode is so heart-warming it could probably replace central heating altogether. The 'lottery' with only Shifty Powers' lot in the helmet? The German General's speech to his soldiers? The baseball game at the end, where the futures of each surviving Company member are summarised? George Luz's funeral?
Winters: You're a hell of a fine soldier, Shifty. What more is there to say?
A few of Babe and Doc Roe's interactions in Bagstone count, but what comes to mind especially is when Babe is consumed with guilt over leaving his friend to die and Roe tries to comfort him with chocolate.
Doc Roe has a subtle moment with Babe. Roe jumps into Babe's foxhole, almost immediately begins fussing over Babe's hand injury, and looks in his bag for a bandage. All he has is the cloth his friend the French nurse wore, and it is all he was able recover from her after the church they were using as a makeshift medical center collapsed in on top of everyone inside during a bombing raid. After almost putting it away again, he abruptly tears it up and begins mending Babe's wound. Babe then notes that Roe has called him 'Babe' for the first time, and teases Roe about his accent.
The ending of "The Patrol" when Webster, who had been treated as a pariah throughout the episode because he wasn't present at Bastogne, is about to climb onto the truck and Liebgott offers his hand and lifts him up, showing that he is accepted again.
When he meets a Dutch man and his son, Webster gives the son a bar of chocolate. His father says that he'd never tasted it before. It's a very sweet scene (pun intended).
When Guarnere and Babe discover they grew up in the same area of Philadelphia and begin to bond.
Meta-example: Frank John Hughes got to meet Bill Guarnere during production and said in an interview that Bill's opinion of the series and his performance was the only one he cared about.
When Babe Heffron came to visit the set, he gave Robin Laing the scapular medal he wore throughout the war.
The fact that for the Ross Owen 10th Anniversary Interviews, they were able to get Michael Fassbender and he enthusiastically talked about his fond memories of working on the series, even though he only played a bit character .