Dick Winters, on whom the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers” was based, has died at the age of 92. He was a real life hero in World War II, who was highly decorated for his war efforts.
According to a report from Yahoo! News, Winters enlisted in the U.S. Army on August 25 of 1941, and became part of the 506th regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. He was just one of the American soldiers to parachute into France on June 6, 1944…D-Day.
Dick Winters and the other soldiers in his company were responsible for saving a countless number of lives from cannon fire. This action earned Winters the second highest award a U.S. soldier could earn…that of the Distinguished Service Cross.
The company in which Winters served became known as the “Band of Brothers,” after which the HBO miniseries was titled.
If you have never seen “Band of Brothers,” you aren’t just missing a series of movies, you are missing an experience. Even those who detest war movies have come away from this miniseries with a new and profound respect, not only for U.S. soldiers, but for our nation’s rich history.
Tom Brokaw featured Dick Winters in his “Greatest Generation” series of books.
“Dick Winters was the quintessential American infantry officer–brave, canny and modest,” Brokaw wrote. “His heroic leadership of The Band of Brothers is a one man course on how to become a warrior without losing your humanity.”
Rest in peace, Dick Winters. Your nation honors and mourns you, but will never forget you. Your legacy lives on in your actions, your awards and in your memorial remains on film in the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers.”
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