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Old 01-10-2011, 09:01 AM   #1
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Default Dick Winters, WWII hero, Band of Brothers fame, dead at 92

I loved Band of Brothers, Dick Winters was just an amazing man...RIP dear sir, our country owes you a huge thank you, a real hero

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110110/...s_obit_winters

Richard "Dick" Winters, a highly decorated World War II hero who became a household name when his heroics were chronicled in a Stephen Ambrose book that later became the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died. He was 92.

After enlisting in the Army on August 25, 1941, the Pennsylvania native was deployed together with other soldiers in Easy Company -- the 506th regiment of he 101st Airborne Division -- to land by parachute in France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. By leading the takeover of a German artillery bunker on Utah beach, Winters and his company saved countless lives from relentless cannon fire -- an exercise that later earned him the Distinguished Service Cross, the second-highest honor an American solider can receive. Winters and Easy Company later fought near the town of Foy through the Battle of the Bulge, liberated the German concentration camp at Dachau, and occupied Hitler's mountainside retreat, Eagle's Nest.

In 1945, one of Winters' soldiers, Floyd Talbert, wrote a letter to Winters from his hospital bed to express appreciation for his leadership in battle.

"You are loved and will never be forgotten by any soldier that ever served under you," Talbert wrote. "I would follow you into hell."

Shaken by what he experienced in war, Winters reportedly vowed to live a simple life if he managed to survive, and that's just what he did. After returning home, he married his then-girlfriend, Ethel, bought a farm in Fredericksburg, Pa. and raised a family. He reportedly never talked about his war experiences until Ambrose came calling in the hopes of documenting Easy Company's role in winning the war. Winters said he honored Ambrose's request because he felt it important for future generations to learn about the war, its consequences and the sacrifices made by soldiers.

Winters was leading a quiet life of retirement on a farm in Hershey, Pennsylvania, when "Band of Brothers" turned him into a minor celebrity. People who knew him say that he never really became all that comfortable with life in the spotlight. He had fielded countless requests for interviews and personal appearances over the past decade or so, most of which he turned down.

Winters was, by all accounts, exceedingly modest. When someone would ask him if he considered himself a hero, he would usually respond by saying, "No. But I served in a company of heroes."

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Damnit. I would have loved to have met him.

RIP to an amazing man
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Truly an inspirational man on many levels.

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I need to buy "Band of Brothers."
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I need to buy "Band of Brothers."
I'll sell it to you if you want it on DVD.
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literally amazing....you defin. need to see it
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Love that series and have watched it multiple times. Winters is/was an inspiration. Would that we could get back (or, some might argue, get there at all) on a national level to the kind of character he displayed in life.
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Within a few years, we'll probably be talking about the last WWII veteran. My father fought in Okinawa with the Marines. Like this guy, he never said a word about it. They did their job, and came home. Back in those days, they didn't do touchdown dances.
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The kind of man that should be in history books, IMO.

Rest In Peace and Thank You.
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:39 AM   #13
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Within a few years, we'll probably be talking about the last WWII veteran. My father fought in Okinawa with the Marines. Like this guy, he never said a word about it. They did their job, and came home. Back in those days, they didn't do touchdown dances.
It's true. My Grandpa served in India leading pack mules across the country, he's 92.
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Somewhat OT: I am watching The Pacific right now, and it's nowhere near as good as Band of Brothers.

Band of Brothers and The Pacific are comparable to fuller length versions of Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line. SPR was set in Europe and had a more visceral and quick pace. TTRL was set in the south pacific and is slower and more philosophical throughout - the action almost interrupts the actual stories being told of the characters.

It's harder to like the guys in The Pacific (except Basilone) - but in Band of Brothers you almost liked everyone....except Dyke ofcourse.

Anyways, yeah - Winters was a cool guy. He'll be missed
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The Pacific can't touch BoB. That's not to say the actual characters weren't similarly heroic.
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Within a few years, we'll probably be talking about the last WWII veteran. My father fought in Okinawa with the Marines. Like this guy, he never said a word about it. They did their job, and came home. Back in those days, they didn't do touchdown dances.
My father was the same way...never talked about the war. He joined when he turned 16 yrs (lied to enlist). He was a medic with General Patton's 3rd Army and saw alot of stuff that gave him nightmares till the day he died.
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I highly recommend reading Ambrose's book. The miniseries is great, a very accurate re-telling of what's in the book, but there is so much to the story that doesn't come across. Dick Winters is a particular inspiration to me. Not because it's fiction, but because the guy really did live his life that way.
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I highly recommend reading Ambrose's book. The miniseries is great, a very accurate re-telling of what's in the book, but there is so much to the story that doesn't come across. Dick Winters is a particular inspiration to me. Not because it's fiction, but because the guy really did live his life that way.
What does the book tell you about Winters that the miniseries doesn't?
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A hero , and I thank him and his family ... Rip ..
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BOB and Pacific were both great, the problem with doing one about Pacific is that the WWII battles in the pacific aren't nearly as studied as the battles in Europe. And the pacific was a much more gruesome war for the soldiers enduring it.

I've only seen half of Pacific and thought it was great on a different level than BOB. BOB was a story about a group of guys that was starting something completely new, from Currahee(sp?) to the battle of the bulge to the eagles nest...several men who stayed together the whole way. Pacific seems to follow different groups.

If you enjoyed those 2 documentaries, look for the WWII in color by History channel. Gary Sinese leads you through the lives of 6 or 8 different soldiers and their experiences. I really enjoyed that show.
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All of Ambrose's books are amazing.
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RIP. A true hero.
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My favourite WW2 movie remains Flags of our Fathers. It addresses why these guys don't / didn't talk about it.
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There were so many badasses in WW2. Winters, Basilone, Audie Murphy.

I think Basilones is pretty cool. He was leading a team that was surrounded by 3,000 japanese soldiers and he was manning a machine gun. Pretty soon it was just Basilone and two other guys. Between the three of them, they killed all 3,000 soldiers. He had to run from one foxhole to another when ammo was running low, and he picked up the machine gun while it was still hot and got 3rd degree burns. At one point he ran out amongst the oncoming soldiers just to push some dead bodies down so his troops could have a better line of sight.

He got the medal of honor, did a war bonds tour, married, and then shipped off to Iwo Jima and was killed on the first day of the assault. Dude was badass.
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Band of Brothers is a great series....I was hoping Pacific was good but am not so sure of buying-if it's different groups.

RIP Mr. Winters- I'm glad he decided to tell his tale
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