Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Major Dick Winters, Commander, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Infantry (Airborne) Division, RIP

It escaped my notice until today, but one of the greatest men ever to serve his country in battle died on 2 January. He was nearly 93.

Winters was immortalized by his heroic actions as depicted in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, based on the Stephen Ambrose book of the same name. If you have not seen the series, I most strenuously advise you to put it into your Netflix queue. It is that good. Winters, and several others, share their thoughts and memories in contemporary interviews to open each installment of the series. The last episode is comprised solely of these interviews, and requires some emotional endurance to watch.

Winters, and the men he commanded, would all say that the real heroes were the men who died. Winters and his men chose to fight, fought hard, fought well, and defeated an evil the world did not want to face. They were all heroes.

Lanccaster (PA) Online obituary.

Major Dick Winters's story at CMOH has his story, including paintings an photograps.

HBO's Band of Brothers

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