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01-11-2011, 09:46 AM
January 10, 2011
Richard Winters Dies at 92; Led ‘Band of Brothers’

Richard Winters, the commanding officer of Easy Company, the Army unit whose gritty combat from the beaches of Normandy to the capture of Hitler’s mountain retreat was recounted in the book and television series “Band of Brothers,” died Jan. 2 in Campbelltown, Pa. He was 92 and lived in Hershey, Pa.
Actor Damien Lewis portrayed Major Winters in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers
Rising from lieutenant to major, Mr. Winters was commander of Company E, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, from D-Day to V-E Day. Dropped behind enemy lines hours before Allied forces landed on Utah Beach at dawn on June 6, 1944, the unit went on to fight in the Battle of the Bulge, through German towns and villages and ended the war by joining in the capture of Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden, Germany, near the Austrian border.
“He was the first one out there, yelling, ‘Follow me!’ ” one of his staff sergeants, William Guarnere, now 88, said Monday. “We knocked out a battery of four guns, 150 millimeters, that was firing on the kids coming on the shore. He got shot in the leg and still kept going.”

“He saved the company a lot of times,” Mr. Guarnere added.

The rest of the story at NYTimes.com (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/11/us/11winters.html?_r=1)

Dr. Love
01-11-2011, 10:45 AM

good show... sad to see you go

01-11-2011, 11:11 AM

We are thankful for his service to our country.

Green Manalishi
01-11-2011, 07:39 PM
By definition , a true American hero . Thank you Major Winters .