Taps for Major Dick Winters of the ‘Band of Brothers’
Taps have sounded for Major Richard "Dick" Winters The renowned World War II veteran of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion. 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, died January 2, just three weeks short of his 93rd birthday.
Easy Company reportedly suffered 150 percent casualties between June 6, 1944, when it was dropped behind German lines for the D-Day invasion, and the end of the war less than a year later. Major Winters was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, America’s second-highest military honor, for his role in combat operations against German artillery emplacements near Brecourt Manor on D-Day. He also received an Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and a Purple Heart during the war.
The story of Major Winters and the men he served with was brought to widespread public attention in 1992 with the publication of Band of Brothers, by historian Stephen E. Ambrose. The book inspired an HBO miniseries of the same name, produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Speilberg at a reported record cost of $125 million. In the miniseries, Major Winters was portrayed by Damian Lewis.
In an article observing Major Winters’ death, the Toronto Sun wrote that "the war veteran was uncomfortable being labeled a hero and shied away from interviews, preferring instead to give talks at local schools."
Click on the links below for additional information.
‘Dick Winters – Reflections on the Band of Brothers, D-Day and Leadership‘ on our partner site, HistoryNet.
Video interview with Major Winters about the action at Brecourt Manor.
Band of Brothers book by Stephen E. Ambrose
Band of Brothers HBO miniseries
Biggest Brother – The Life of Major Dick Winters, The Man Who Led the Band of Brothers (Armchair General book review)
Beyond Band of Brothers, The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters (Armchair General book review)