Major Dick Winters (1918-2011)

Major Dick Winters, whose WWII heroism was made famous in the book Band of Brothers, died last week at the age of 92. Winters was a true American hero. He was a part of the 101st airborne division that was dropped behind enemy lines just before the D-Day invasion. He and the men he commanded from Easy Company fought all the way from Normandy to Hitler’s Alpine retreat at Berchtesgaden, Germany. His bravery and leadership is the stuff of legend, and that is why there is a book and a movie telling the tale. If you have never read Band of Brothers, read it. And take moment to give thanks for those who sacrificed so much for this country. Dick Winters was the best of the best and a man among men. Rest in peace.

[The video above is the final scene from the movie “Band of Brothers.” Dick Winters is the man at the end who answers the question, “Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?”]

5 Responses to Major Dick Winters (1918-2011)

  1. Brent Riggs January 12, 2011 at 1:21 am #

    I love stories and people like this. I was a Drill Sgt in the Army and a veteran of Desert Storm. Lots of admiration for men like this.


  2. Cameron January 12, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    Great man! If you enjoyed reading “Band of Brothers,” you might also like “Beyond Band of Brothers” (Dick Winters’ War Memoirs). Good stuff.

  3. Donald Johnson January 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    I am grateful for the men and women who served and who serve to protect my family and myself.

  4. Derek January 12, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    I don’t know how many times I’ve watched that ending and I choke up every time. I think the saddest part is not so much the passing of Dick Winters but the fact that there are so few men like him left. I hope I am wrong.



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