Those of you with a good memory might remember this name. Richard “Dick” Winters. Winters passed away quietly after suffering Parkinson’s Disease. He was 92 years of age.
Those in need of a refresher: Major Winters was the leader of Company E, 506th regiment, 101st Airborne Division. The leader of what was to become known as “the Band of Brothers”.
D-Day Normandy, dropped behind enemy lines, Bastogne (the bastards of Bastogne) during the battle of the Bulge and the company that took the Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s mountain retreat.. Market Garden, Carentan and so many other encounters in-between..
With people who have done their best to sully the reputation of the armed forces and those that they served with in public, Winters stands alone in the starkest of contrasts to such imposters. The one thing that I can tell you is that the GENUINE heroes NEVER want to take the “credit” when things go well but they always assume the blame when things go awry..
I wanted to meet Major Winters but I wouldn’t have known what to say.. Thank you would not have sufficed from my perspective but it would have been more than enough from his, that speaks volumes about the man that he was..
In his honor, both NLTZ and the TOTD will carry this message, a message that I wish that I could have had the opportunity to pass to the Major or any other member of Easy Company in person.
Thank you to a true and genuine hero..