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R.I.P., Major Dick Winters
Old 01-11-2011, 10:09 PM   #1
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Default R.I.P., Major Dick Winters

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Major Dick Winters, who died on January 2 aged 92, was one of the US Army’s most revered servicemen of the Second World War; his exploits were later chronicled in the book and television series Band of Brothers.

As commander of E Company of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, Winters and his company proved instrumental on D-Day in ensuring the successful American landings at Utah and Omaha beaches. He would later lead his paratroopers through the forests of France, Belgium and Holland before ending his war in Hitler’s alpine retreat.




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Thank you very much for posting this. He made a huge impression on me in "Band of Brothers" (both the book and mini-series). I was just explaining to someone yesterday that, as presented in "Band of Brothers", he was an unforgettable figure who seemed to embody some of the best parts of America, the military, and people in general. And not merely for his apparent strategic brilliance - I have no ability to measure for that - but for his courage, the care he showed those who served under him, and what seemed like a huge chunk of basic decency in the middle of an indecent situation.
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To find a quiet peace is the dream of every soldier. For some it takes longer than others. … I have discovered that it is far easier to find quiet than to find peace. True peace must come from within oneself. As my wartime buddies join their fallen comrades at an alarming rate, distant memories resurface. The hard times fade and the flashbacks go back to friendly times, to buddies with whom I shared a unique bond, to men who are my brothers in every sense of the word. I live with these men every day.
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Thank you Gunny. Rest in Peace Major Winters. Rest Easy.

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