“Band of Brothers” Dick Winters Passes at 92

Dick Winters, the man whose heroics in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division during World Maj. Richard "Dick" Winters, shown in a Sept. 22, 2002, photo, died Jan. 2 in central Pennsylvania, a family friend confirmed Monday. He was 92. Winters' quiet leadership was chronicled in the book and television miniseries Band of Brothers. Photo by Laura Rauch/APWar II were chronicled in the HBO series Band of Brothers, has died. He was 92.

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.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com), writes daily at GenealogyBlog.com, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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