More sad news to report this weekend. World War II veteran, Easy Company leader, and hero Major Richard “Dick” Winters of 101st Airborne Division, 506th Regiment (Easy Company) has passed away. Winters was 92 years old, and was going to turn 93 on January 21st. Major Winters and the rest of Easy Company skyrocketed into fame in recent years, thanks to the HBO masterpiece Band of Brothers, brought to you by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. Damian Lewis portrayed Winters on the mini-series and Winters himself was interviewed and featured on the series and documentary about the regiment & war. He lead a quiet life in PA after that, and never considered himself a hero. As much as he didn’t think so, the rest of the United States and the world think he is. I highly recommend reading his book Beyond Band of Brothers, which is an in-depth look at his life before, during and after World War II. Major Dick Winters will be missed but what he did for this country will be remembered forever!
Dick Winters, the former World War II commander whose war story was told in the book and miniseries “Band of Brothers,” has died.
Dick Winters led a quiet life on his Fredericksburg farm and in his Hershey home until the book and miniseries “Band of Brothers” threw him into the international spotlight.
Since then, the former World War II commander of Easy Company had received hundreds of requests for interviews and appearances all over the world.