Up until the fall of 2001, Winters was a little-known retired major living in rural Pennsylvania. That’s when the HBO series aired, and 10 million people watched the first night.
The series, based on a book by historian Stephen Ambrose, tells the story of Winters and the soldiers he led — the men of E Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, or Easy Company.
“I’d go through hell with him, no question about it. We all had the same feeling about him, too, I’ll tell you,” said Clancy Lyall, who served as a private in Easy Company under Winters. “Everything we had to do, he was there right with us. He wouldn’t run, you know.”
Winters led from the front. Some of his soldiers were amazed he survived the war.
Read the full article by Tom Bowman at the NPR website.