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Major Dick Winters - BoB - Passes Away - RIP
California, United States
Joined: September 04, 2002
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Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 - 08:19 AM UTC
Farewell to WWII hero Maj. Dick Winters, central character in 'Band of Brothers'Stokes Young writes:Major Dick Winters passed away Jan. 2 in central Pennsylvania following a battle with Parkinson's Disease. If you've read Stephen Ambrose's book or watched the HBO miniseries, you'll likely already have mental pictures of Winters' acts of heroism during harsh fighting in Europe during the Second World War. This is what he looked like in 1945:

Easy Company's William Guarnere, 88, told the AP today: "When he said 'Let's go,' he was right in the front [...] He was never in the back. A leader personified."

Winters told his own story in 'Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters,' and begins his first chapter by describing the "quiet peace" he says every soldier wants to find:

I am still haunted by the names and faces of young men, young airborne troopers who never had the opportunity to return home after the war and begin their lives anew. Like most veterans who have shared the hardship of combat, I live with flashbacks--distant memories of an attack on a battery of German artillery on D-Day, an assault on Carentan, a bayonet attack on a dike in Holland, the cold of Bastogne[...] If you had a man who was killed, you looked at him and hoped that he had found peace in death. I'm not sure whether they were fortunate or unfortunate to get out of the war so early. So many men died so that others could live. No one understands why.
To find a quiet peace is the dream of every soldier. For some it takes longer than others. In my own experience I have discovered that it is far easier to find quiet than to find peace. True peace must come from within oneself. As my wartime buddies join their fallen comrades at an alarming rate, distant memories resurface. The hard times fade and the flashbacks go back to friendly times, to buddies with whom I shared a unique bond, to men who are my brothers in every sense of the word. I live with these men every day.

God's Speed Major Winters -

Zurich, Switzerland
Joined: March 13, 2009
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Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 - 07:57 PM UTC
A truly inspiring man, and a role model ever since I first read the book in the late 1990ies. Rest in peace!
Victoria, Australia
Joined: March 14, 2006
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Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 - 08:22 PM UTC
A Member of the Greatest Generation.

RIP Major Winters.

Said : "If you can,find that peace within yourself,. That peace and quiet and confidence that you can pass on to others, so that they know that you are honest ,and you are fair and will help them, no matter what, when the chips are down. That is important."

When people asked whether he was a hero, he echoed the words of his World War II buddy Mike Ranney: "No, but I served in a company of heroes."

North Carolina, United States
Joined: June 06, 2006
KitMaker: 4,688 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 04:31 AM UTC
A sad day,A natural leader,hero,and humble man to boot.
England - East Anglia, United Kingdom
Joined: September 13, 2005
KitMaker: 2,016 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 05:11 AM UTC
Gutted, the man was a true legend and such a humble man,I shed a tear when I watch BOB's last disc
I wonder if Damian Lewis will go to the funeral,I think he should, Heros dont come much bigger than Richard Winters.
R.I.P Dick,this world needs people like you now
Kentucky, United States
Joined: September 26, 2007
KitMaker: 162 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 07:56 AM UTC
Another one gone. Just found out today.

At least we did learn of what he did, and others of his unit in the book and mini-series.

RIP Major Winters.
Texas, United States
Joined: February 22, 2008
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Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 07:20 AM UTC

Wojewodztwo Podkarpackie, Poland
Joined: December 05, 2007
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Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 11:00 PM UTC
RIP Major Winters
England - South West, United Kingdom
Joined: August 04, 2007
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Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 02:30 PM UTC