Richard “Dick” Winters, WWll Army commander whose heroism during the D-Day Invasion was immortalized in the book and television miniseries “Band of Brothers” died January 2, 2011 of Parkinson’s disease in Hershey, PA. He was 92.
The story of Winters and other members of Company E, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, known as Easy Company, was chronicled in a book by Dr. Stephen Ambrose and later the 10-part miniseries on HBO.
Major Winters was a strong, humble leader who guided his men through the European theater of the war after parachuting into Normandy on D-Day. He also led his men through a grueling wintertime standoff during the Battle of the Bulge. The men of Easy Company expressed their admiration for their company commander after learning of his death. Bill Guarnere, 88, said what he remembers about Winters was "great leadership." When he said 'Let's go,' he was right in the front," Guarnere, who was called "Wild Bill" by his comrades, said. "He was never in the back.” Another member of the unit living in Philadelphia, Babe Heffron, 87, said he got choked up thinking of his former commander. "He was one hell of a guy, one of the greatest soldiers I was ever under."
The television series was nominated for 19 Emmy Awards and Winters published a memoir about his experiences in the war in 2006 called "Beyond Band of Brothers."
At Major Winters request, funeral arrangements are private. A guestbook can be signed online at www.VeteransFuneralCare.com
May Major Dick Winters rest in peace and never be forgotten. You truly are a hero and an inspiration to myself and thousands of people all over the world. Condolences to the Winters family from Stephen McKenney in Canada. RIP