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Dick Winters: Reflections From Major Winters Of Easy Company

Originally published by American History magazine. Published Online: June 12, 2006 
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After his discharge from the U.S. Army in 1945, Major Richard Winters returned to civilian life. He worked for a while for Nixon Nitration Works, the family firm of his wartime friend Louis Nixon. Following a brief tour of duty during the Korean War, he returned to Hershey, Pa., embarked on a successful business career, raised a family and lived the quiet life he had promised himself after his first day in combat on June 6, 1944. In 1992 this solitude was interrupted with the publication of historian Stephen E. Ambrose's best-selling book Band of Brothers, which brought the World War II story of Dick Winters and Company E, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division — which he had commanded from Normandy to Berchtesgaden — to the public's attention. The spotlight intensified exponentially when Hollywood's Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks teamed up to bring Winters' story to tens of millions in the highly acclaimed, Emmy-winning HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. This mass exposure transformed Winters and his comrades into cultural icons for generations far removed from World War II. They have become the embodiment of millions of American servicemen who marched off to war as ordinary men but achieved extraordinary things.

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Faced with his newfound fame, Winters seized the opportunity to continue to lead and instill in others the lessons about leadership he learned in the life and death crucible of war. It was Ambrose who, after chronicling Winters' story, impressed upon him that his leadership ethics could inspire all generations.

Major Dick Winters: After Band of Brothers became such an unexpected success, Ambrose wrote me a letter of thanks. In that letter he said, 'Thanks for teaching me the duties and responsibilities of a good company commander.' Later on, he again acknowledged me in his book on Lewis and Clark. He continued to do this with every book he wrote afterward. I appreciated that recognition, and I appreciated the fact that he never forgot me. I was one of the first people he called when he said that he had sold the book to Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

Ambrose later wrote me another letter and said that in the future, whenever I had an opportunity, I should talk on the subject of leadership. So, as a way to deliver what I believe is an important message, and to honor my friend's request, I speak on this subject whenever I have an opportunity.

Winters' first opportunity to lead came in 1942, when he completed Officer Candidate School and began his journey to Easy Company and war.

When I first joined the Army I took a series of tests to see where I would best fit. I scored high enough that I qualified for Officer Candidate School [OCS]. While I was at OCS at Fort Benning, Ga., I applied for the airborne, a new thing that looked like a challenge. I had always enjoyed sports and physical activity, and there was a certain appeal to being with the best. After graduating from OCS, I reported to Camp Croft, in South Carolina, where I was busy training new men. I had been at this for about 13 weeks when I got orders to report to Camp Toombs in Georgia. On the way to the camp I was pretty unsettled. I took Highway 13, passed a casket factory and reported in at Camp Toombs. There was not much there, and I was assigned to a tar-paper shack. There were no windows in any of the buildings, and the only place with electricity was the latrine. This was rough. But you were expecting to have it rough if you were going to be in the parachute troops.

Training started right away, and there was this Currahee Mountain that we had to run up and down. It was wicked, a real killer. But Currahee was terrific, as it became a test for all the men and officers. Everyone had to run up it — walk actually, in what we called the 'airborne shuffle.' It was equal for every man, every officer. Nobody was getting by with a thing. Everybody was being treated the same.

Shortly after Winters' arrival in July 1942, the Georgia camp's name was changed from the ominous Toombs to Toccoa. The new airborne officers were highly selective when it came to picking the men to fill what was to be the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

We looked for the ones who looked like they could take it. When the going got tough, could they stick with it? We also looked for the men who accepted discipline. I already knew discipline is what makes a good soldier. On the runs and the hikes it was discipline that kept the men going. Another thing we looked at was if the individual was accepted by the other men. The men themselves did a lot of the work for the officers by sizing each other up. If someone could not be accepted by his fellow soldiers he was gone right away. The men who were told to leave didn't get to vote or make an appeal. This was not a popularity contest.

At Toccoa, Winters first met Colonel Robert Sink, the legendary commander of the 506th. Sink turned down two promotions during the war to stay with the regiment, an unusual choice given his West Point credentials as a professional soldier.

When I first met Sink I was in awe. He was sitting behind his desk smoking a cigarette. He came across as having this West Point attitude. You know, 'You are not any big deal.' But I learned pretty quickly that my first impression was wrong. Sink was a terrific leader, and he stuck with the regiment from the beginning to the very end of the war. I often wondered during the war how come this guy is sticking around? Frankly, I thought it was his drinking problem. He had a drinking problem, but it did not affect his leadership of the regiment.

This was his first regiment. And if you look at it through his eyes, and you see these troops coming from civilian life, direct from school, from work, maybe a few of them with a little college, and he is supposed to make a regiment out of this group?

It makes it even tougher when you look at the officers he was assigned — and I include myself here. Here I am, a year out of college. I go through basic training as a volunteer. I signed up for Officer Candidate School. So a 90-day wonder, and now I am a second lieutenant. And this is the kind of stuff he was assigned and told to turn into a crack airborne unit. He had a heck of a job. To make it worse, he had nothing there at the camp. There were no buildings when he first reported in. He had to build an obstacle course. He had to beg, borrow and steal what he needed. He had to search for men who knew even the basics of their job. Of the cadre that he started with in Toccoa, not one of them was around by the time we got into combat. They were all good enough men, they were just not fit enough to be in the airborne. They came in and were there to teach us, give us basic training and construct the camp, put it together, but not one of them was around by the time we were ready to go to France. Sink did a terrific job from start to finish. He stuck with us throughout the entire war. I respect 'Bourbon Bob.' He was a good man.

Following Camp Toccoa, Winters and his men continued training at Fort Benning and other camps in the States before shipping out for Aldbourne, England, in September 1943. Winters credits his time in the idyllic English village and his relationships with its residents with truly preparing him for the tasks to come.

On the way over to England, the conditions on the troopship were awful; even the officers were crowded together. We arrived in Aldbourne on a Saturday evening and were immediately made busy getting the men settled and bedded down. All of the officers were crowded together in another building. The next morning, Sunday, I decided to get away from everybody to be by myself for a few minutes. The best place to be alone with your thoughts is in church, so I went to church. It gave me a chance to relax a little bit, get my thoughts together. I didn't pay any attention to the sermon, that wasn't important — I just needed to be alone. After the service I still wanted to enjoy my solitude. Adjacent to the church there was a small cemetery. I went out of the church and walked up a hill to two small benches, and I sat down. As I looked over the cemetery I could see an elderly couple fussing over a grave. They eventually wandered up the hill and sat beside me.

We were soon engaged in a little conversation, and they invited me for tea. We had been briefed on how to handle our dealing with the English. It had been pointed out to us that they were on very strict rationing and that we shouldn't overdo invitations of this kind and make their problem all the more severe. But I went to tea and had a few visits with them after that. Shortly, it was decided that the officers were too crowded and some should be boarded with families in the town. Mr. and Mrs. Barnes offered to take two officers in, as long as I was one of them. I took Lieutenant Harry Welsh with me. Our quarters were with the family in a room over their store. It was not a big room, and we slept on army cots, but it got us away from the crowds. Now Welsh, he enjoyed going out in the evenings to the pubs, but I preferred to stay at home with the Barneses. In the evenings, as was their custom, shortly before 9 o'clock when the news came on, Mrs. Barnes would come up and knock on my door and say, 'Lieutenant Winters, would you like to come down and listen to the news and have a spot of tea?' So naturally I took the opportunity to join them and listen to the news. Afterward Mr. Barnes, who was a lay minister, would lead us in a short prayer. Then we would have a small treat and chat for a while. Then, at 10, Mr. Barnes would announce that it was time for bed. That ritual became so important. I'd found a home away from home.

And, you see, the day I first saw the Barnes couple they had been decorating the grave of their son, who was in the Royal Air Force and had been killed. They adopted me and made me part of the family. This helped me prepare mentally for what I was about to face. As I look back on the months before the invasion, my stay with the Barnes family was so important. They were giving me the best treatment they could; they gave me a home, which was so important for my maturing.

While his time with the Barnes family afforded him an opportunity for calm and reflection, the days after his transfer to the marshaling area at Uppottery, England, were filled with final preparations for the impending invasion of Normandy.

They would take groups of us into tents in the marshaling areas to brief us and show us sand table models of the area where we were going to be jumping. When I went into the tent, a staff officer instructed us to memorize everything we saw — the roads, bridges, trenches, everything. It was all very impressive, but you can only take so much of this. Frankly, I didn't let myself get carried away trying to memorize every cockeyed thing, because the big thing in life, not only in making a jump into Normandy, is that you have got to be able to think on your feet. That's what we had to do, and that's what we did. You've got to be able to think on your feet throughout your life. You have to do it every day.

The miniseries depicts a moment in the marshaling area at Uppottery when Winters disciplines Lieutenant Lynn 'Buck' Compton, a fellow officer and close friend.

Compton had been with the company for six months, and I liked him very much. One problem, however, was that he had gotten into the habit of gambling with some of the men in the marshaling area. That is why I reprimanded him. It is a poor policy, and it puts him in the position, the embarrassing position, that if he wins, he must take from the men. He had taken from the men already. The point I was trying to make is that you have to be prepared to give to the people you lead. You must give in every way. You must give of your time, and you must be consistent in your treatment of them. You must never take from people you lead. Later, at Brécourt Manor, Compton did a fantastic job leading his men.

In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, Winters leapt out into the flak-filled skies over Normandy and landed outside of Ste. Mère-Eglise just after 1 o'clock in the morning. After a harrowing night, he managed to collect a handful of men from Easy Company and bring them to Le Grand-Chemin, from where he led the attack on a battery of four German guns at Brécourt Manor — guns that lay at the end of crucial Causeway No. 2, and that the 4th Infantry Division needed to get off Utah Beach. Of all Winters' actions in France, the destruction of German guns positioned at Brécourt Manor, raining down fire on the Americans struggling off Utah Beach, has been the most often cited. Professors at West Point have used this action as a lesson on the proper method of carrying out a small-unit attack. Chillingly depicted in the HBO miniseries, this daring assault is credited with saving many lives and expediting the advance of American forces inland on D-Day.

After roaming around at the tail end of another column for most of the evening, I finally stumbled into Le Grand-Chemin, where the 2nd Battalion was gathering. At the time, E Company consisted of just 13 men. As I was sitting there with my men, an officer came back and said, 'Winters, they want you up front!' When I got there, Captain Clarence Hester turns to me and says: 'There's fire along that hedgerow there. Take care of it.' That was it. There was no elaborate plan or briefing. I didn't even know what was on the other side of the hedgerow. All I had were my instructions, and I had to quickly develop a plan from there. And as it turns out, I did. We were able to take out those four German guns with the loss of only one man, Private John Hall, who was killed just in front of me. He was a good man, and his death was hard on me. But the attack leaves good memories. We got the job done. It was only later, much later, that I realized how important knocking out those guns had been to our securing Causeway 2, which became the main causeway for troops coming off Utah Beach.

Years later, I heard from someone who had come up off the beach on that causeway. This guy, a medic, had been following behind some tanks. As they came up from the beach, one of the tanks became disabled. When the driver got out, he stepped on a mine. The medic went out into the field and patched this guy up. Later, after the book came out, this medic wrote me a letter and pointed out that he always wondered why the fire onto Utah Beach had stopped. 'Thanks very much,' he said. 'I couldn't have made it without those guns being knocked out.' That medic was a man named Eliot Richardson, who, as it turns out, later became attorney general in the Nixon administration. So we did a little good out there for those troops coming in on D-Day, which makes you feel pretty good.

After more than a month of combat in Normandy, Easy was pulled out of the line in July and returned to England on July 12. The 101st Airborne Division spent the remainder of the summer preparing for a series of missions that were all canceled as Allied forces raced across occupied France. In September the 101st was one of three airborne divisions that took part in the Allied effort to seize a bridgehead over the Rhine. Following the drop in September, the division fought a series of small battles along its corridor of 'Hell's Highway' in Holland before moving to positions along the southern band of the Lower Rhine River, known to the men of the 101st as 'the Island.' It was here, on October 5, 1944, where Winters led an attack that prevented a German breakthrough of thinly held American lines.

The Island leaves memories that I have never forgotten. We went up to the dike along the Rhine River to relieve the British. I was sent up ahead of the men and had an opportunity to witness a British attack. The officers walked with the men across this field. They all walked. Nobody took evasive action; nobody tried looking for cover or anything. They walked, the officers with their side arms in their holsters and the men with their rifles in their hands, going across a wide-open field. The Germans just cut them to pieces. I never saw anything like it. It was like a battle from the Civil War. It was very noble, very brave and unbelievably foolish. We had to replace them, and I had a tremendous front to cover. So the only thing I could do was place strongpoints at certain places along the dike and then cover the spaces in between with patrols.

It was on October 5 at a place we called the crossroads. Earlier that evening one of my patrols had encountered a large number of Germans and been forced to withdraw. When they reported in to me what they had encountered, I decided to take a group out to stop these Germans from infiltrating our lines. When we got to the spot where the Germans were and I could see how many there were, I immediately gave a hand signal back to the men in the squad I had with me to follow me up to the dike. As they came up to me, I assigned each a target. I stepped back and in a quiet stage whisper said, 'Ready, aim, fire.' We eliminated all of our targets. At this point we are on the German side of the dike, and there are other Germans on the other side of the road leading to the Rhine River that intersects with the dike.

There was only one thing to do. I withdrew my men to an adjoining gully to assess the situation. I got in touch with company headquarters and told them to send up the reserve platoon. After I was joined by another platoon and some additional machine guns, I went off by myself a little way to assess the situation and decide what to do. My group was the only thing separating the Germans from the rear of my battalion. So I decided we must charge them. I returned to the gully where the rest of the platoon was, and after ordering fixed bayonets, which makes every man have a second thought, I signaled when to throw a smoke grenade. This was the order to charge. As I leap off and begin the charge I am pretty pumped up. In fact, I have never been more pumped up in my life. I ran faster across the field separating us from the Germans than I have ever run in my life. All the men in the company are behind me, but they seem to be moving so slow. Nobody seemed to be moving normally, only me. When I got up to the road where the Germans were, there was a German in front of me, so I shot him. I then turn to my right, and there I see a whole company of Germans. I began firing into them, and they seemed to be moving so slow and then the rest of the company joined me. As the boys said later, it was a duck shoot. They never had a target like that before. We had caught two companies of SS soldiers pinned to the dike, and as they retreated we poured fire into them, and then I called in artillery fire. We destroyed those two companies.

I remember when I was interviewed for the movie, I told one of the writers that as I shot the German, he looked up at me and smiled. Well, I kept going with my story, but later, as it turns out, the writer wanted to play up the thing about the smile. He wanted to play that up as a flashback, the type of bad flashbacks you can have. I have flashbacks every day. But the writer wanted to play up that point. And that is why in the series that German is portrayed as a kid and why later on when I am in Paris they portray me looking at this kid on the train and having another flashback. It's stupid, but I didn't get the chance to review the scenes.

Winters believes his ability to inspire men to follow him into harm's way on the dike in Holland and elsewhere was attributable to his bedrock beliefs in basic leadership qualities.

The qualities you are looking for in a leader include: Does the individual have the respect of the men? How do you get the respect of the men? By living with them, being a part of it, being able to understand what they are going through and not to separate yourself from them. You have to know your men. You have to gain their confidence. And the way to gain the confidence of anybody, whether it's in war or civilian life or whatever, you must be honest. Be honest, be fair and be consistent. You can't be honest and fair one day, and the next give your people the short end of the stick. Once you can achieve that, you will be a leader.

It's a matter of adjusting to the individual, and you do this every day. You don't have just one way of treating people; you adjust yourself to who you are talking to. I might talk to one person one way, someone else another. Ambrose had spent a good deal of time thinking about leaders and leadership. He had it about right. If you have character, that means the guy you are dealing with can trust you. So when you get into combat, and you get in a situation such as we were in along the dike in Holland, when I gave the orders, 'Ready, aim,' and this cook who had been in the unit only a short time but was experiencing his first combat action interrupted and said, 'Don't talk so loud!' nobody else there was thinking about anything except what he had been told to do. They trust in you, have faith in you and they obey right now, no questions asked.

You get it done by making a decision quick, getting to it and getting the thing done. Don't sit back and let the other guy make a decision that will put you on the defensive. Make up your mind quickly and get it done, right or wrong. Were you going down the tube, like running across that damn field? I could have been caught in the middle of the field if the Germans had been on the ball, and lost every goddamn man in that platoon. In some ways we lucked out.

Another character who features prominently in the story of Easy Company is Captain Ron Speirs, who took over Easy Company outside of Bastogne when Lieutenant Norman Dike froze in the field during an assault and Winters turned to Speirs and commanded him to 'take the company in!' Two of the stories that have circulated about Speirs were that he shot some German prisoners in Normandy and, later, one of his own sergeants.

Speirs was very effective. He got the job done. But if you were around and talked to the men who worked under him, he was never liked.

Now, he could turn around and walk away and talk to someone at my level and be a completely different guy. He could take orders. He was very likable.

The stories about him are true. When I first heard, I was speechless. What he did was unbelievable, inexcusable. If you talk to somebody in today's Army, they would say, well, how come he wasn't court-martialed? Well, you needed every man you had. Those guys that goofed up, didn't measure up, you couldn't just get rid of them. You needed the body, because if you lose that body, then somebody else has to shoulder twice the burden. You needed every body you could get. At Foy, he was the first officer I saw when I turned around. It could have been anybody, but it was Speirs. I didn't ask, 'OK, would you mind taking over?' No, I just turned around, saw him and said take over. It was just a roll of the dice that he was standing there when I needed someone.

Through the course of his campaigns with Easy Company, Winters developed a great affection for his men and his men for him. He led them and, despite his affection, commanded them.

You maintain close relationships with your men, but not friendship. You have mutual respect for one another, but yet you have to hold yourself aloof, to a degree. If you are too friendly, it works in a negative way when you need to discipline your men. You can have your men's respect and friendship, but there is a point where you have to rise above this relationship and make sure they are following the orders that are in effect for everybody. In leading groups effectively, you have to rise above camaraderie. You have to be fair to everyone. Everyone must know that they are treated equally.

Winters acknowledges different styles of leadership and cites the ability of men to lead through fear, such as Speirs and E Company's first commander, Herbert Sobel. He asserts, however, that the most effective leader will have quiet self-confidence and self-assurance that ultimately commands the respect of the men.

In Sobel's case it was in training, and in Speirs' case it was in combat. It is impossible to imagine what would have been the result if we had been led into battle by Sobel. He had driven the men to the point of mutiny, and, more important, he had lost their respect. If he had been in command, more men would have died in battle. Speirs had the men's respect. He had my respect. We both knew he would get the job done.

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. I was never one for officers' parties. And in my diary I would keep asking myself why am I sitting here when the others are out at parties. I am at the Barnes home studying my manuals. I'm reading and educating myself. Getting ready. But before the evening is over, I will pick up and read a novel before I go to sleep. Now, a good guy would have been out at all those parties. The pressure of being a good fellow oftentimes brings people to what? You can be a good fellow, get along with everyone and not be a good leader. Sure, I was a good fellow during the day. I joked and palled-around with the other officers, but then in the evening I would go home and I could be myself.

I was fortunate enough to fall in with the Barnes family. They were wonderful people. For the nine months prior to the invasion, I was there and studied, developing my own personality, my own personal perspective on command. Most of the other officers never had that. It was a chance for self-analysis. If you listen and pay attention, you will find that your own self-consciousness will tell you if you are getting off track. Nobody will have to tell you that what you are doing is incorrect or ineffective. If you take advantage of opportunities for self-reflection, and honestly look at yourself, you will be able to be a better leader.

At age 86 Dick Winters lives in Hershey with his wife of 56 years, Ethel. He receives hundreds of letters a month, many of which come addressed simply to 'Major Richard Winters, Hershey, Pa.,' and he attempts to respond to each one, with Ethel's help.

 


 

This article was written by Christopher J. Anderson and originally published in August 2004 issue of American History Magazine.

 

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117 Responses to “Dick Winters: Reflections From Major Winters Of Easy Company”


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    Gervas H says:

    I always learn a lot whenever I ready any article related to Mj. Dick Winters! I like Easy company members dead or alive. I like Band of Brothers movie, in fact I have watched it more than 20 times. I give respect to Mj. Dick Winters for his professional leadership skills! take an example like at the Cross Roads battle, running ahead of his men!! I learnt from you where you said with yr words that "If you are a leader you lead the way!! I salute to you Major!!

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    stephanie la fortune says:

    This year, at my request, my partner got me the BofB DVR for my birthday. I had already watched the series 3 times, but knew this was a movie I would never tire of. It goes down deep– a movie so rich, it's like a symphony with perfection and depth in every single note. Every time I see it, I find myself immersed more and more in their world. I thank everyone who helped to make it part of mine.

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    Yohannes Jatmiko says:

    I knew Maj. Richard Winters from the mini-series BoB and was inspired by his leadership. I give my greatest salute to you Major and all the Easy Company men, either still alive or already passed away.
    Major Dick Winters, a true leader. Not to stand behind the other men and let them advanced by themselves, but to really be in front of the line together with his people.
    I give you my sincerest salute Major.
    I salute the man, not the rank.

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    Youjen Chang says:

    Maj. Richard Winters . Is one of many reasons why I wanna join up for the army. I also believe that he deservers the MEDAL OF HONOR. He lead E company through things we can't even think about. When I join up for the Army I want a leader just like Maj. Richard Winters. I also salute you Major!

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    Richard Cooley says:

    Like many others I have watched BOB several times and my respect for the men who served in Easy Company grows with each viewing. I am also upset that some sites seem to be trying to white wash Captain Sobel. This is like someone trying to whitewash Judas for what he did to Jesus Christ.

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    Stephanie Wagner says:

    Hi. i love this page cuz i'm only 12 years old and i am doing a report on Dick Winters. I just love that he went to war and faught for our country. I think he had so many accomplishments. bye.

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    mathew stith says:

    Hi iam doing a research on Sgt.Bill Garnier and was woundering if you could help me with it because I can't find any thing about him

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    Elie says:

    Always i was addicted to world war 2 movies and when i saw "band of brothers" and maj winters portrait i found myself amazed by his personality and leadership in the battlefield, all my regards to him

    elie from lebanon

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    Bill Giffin says:

    Watching the series for the 6th time and as always I come away
    with great respect for those brave men. God bless them every one.

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    Nicholas Buford says:

    I have watched BofB so many times I just finished the series for
    the 4th time just 30 min ago every time i watch it it makes me
    want to join the army more and more and if i do mj winters i hope
    one day i could be a reflection of your historic image in my life
    you have shown me a new meaning of respect and dedication and
    to stand up for what you believe in.
    I love the part when the guy said how many wifes get a wedding
    present from hitler.

    Major Winters I solute you

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    Alex says:

    It's never easy to be such a good leader under such extreme
    environment more than 60 years ago. I admired Major Winters
    guts and also his capability to gives solutions.
    I will hope to meet him to know more. Please send my regards to
    him and wish him best of health.

    Alex (Singapore)

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    hannah says:

    i never was into war movies and since im a 16 year old girl thats
    probably not uncomon but i fell in love with band of brothers and
    major winters and everyone in the 506 101st airbourne ! it made
    me so much more appretative and i think they are really special

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    Shelia says:

    Major Dick Winters is an inspiration to us all. He epitomizes the citizen soldier. I did not watch Band of Brothers when it first came out because I just could not bring myself to watch these brave young men die. Eventually, I stumbled across it one night and before I realized what I was watching, I became hooked on the story of "E" Company and the comraderie those men shared and still share. God's blessings to you Dick Winters. Thank you for leading the way and sharing your story. Perhaps, we will learn from them one day.

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    James Stellema says:

    I would love to tell you about the strangest thing that has happened to me! On the anniversary of D-day, this year (2008) the picture we have…Silencing the Guns…fell off the wall and the frame and glass shattered. It had no reason to fall! The nail hole and wall were perfectly in tact.
    We have told many this story and it raises the hair on your arms to think of this happening on that fateful day!!

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    robin cedrone says:

    i just cannot get enough of ban of brothers dick winters is a true hero as they all are. i would like to tell all of them thanks for everything and god bless them all.it was the best true story with a bunch of true heros i'v ever watched

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    JUSTIN RICHARDS says:

    HI I AM DOOING A PROJECT ON MAJIOR DICK WINTERS AND I WAS WONDERIN IF YOU COULD HELP WITH GETTING INFORMATION.THANKS!

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    huseyin says:

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    Seng Young says:

    Having served in the Navy and the Army, I appreciate all things military. I've lost count of how many times I have watched the Band of Brothers mini-series. Along with so many others, I really grew to respect the men of Easy Company, and especially the leadership of Major Winters.
    Imagine my surprise, when, in my 50's, I was back in the military again, serving in Iraq from 2007-2008. I was the assistant OIC (officer-in-charge) of my section when my OIC was re-assigned to a training position and I became the OIC . I determined then that my goal was to take care of my soldiers in the same manner that Major Winters had done. Major Winters, to me, is what leadership is all about. I thank God for men like him.

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    Dennis Sulam says:

    I just finished the viewing of the blu ray version of BoB. Visually stunning ,but not that much over the regular dvd version. The entire series is very emotional. Dick Winters is true hero and defines the heroic nature of the effort in WWll. Muliple viewing of the entire story is necessary to get a total appreciation of the story and the production of the HBO min series.

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    Laura J Skadsen says:

    I too own the DVD set of the Band of Brothers. From the first time I saw it on television years ago I fell in love with it. The soldiers from the WW2 era were gallant men. Everytime the series is shown on cable I sit through each episode. In fact, I can't step away from the TV. I'm so proud of Winters, Nixon and all of the soldiers portrayed in the series. God bless them for all they lived through.

    One thing I must say–Winters, Nixon, et al You are heroes!
    By the grace of God you survived and came home to share your battle stories. I do have an appreciation for what you endured. I am thankful for the freedom you have preserved for me here in the USA.

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    Brent Whitehead says:

    I went to a WWII conference in Kingston, NY in October 2005. I had the unbelievable honor of sitting at a table with three medal of honor winners from WWII.

    There were three or four E Company veterans there as well. Talking with all those hero's was an experience I will never forget. Watching BoB was an education that every American child should receive before they leave high school.

    I live in Riverside, CA near the National Cemetery. I visit the Memorials there and when I go to the Medal of Honor Memorial, I can't for the life of me figure out why Major Winters name is not on the wall.

    We Americans (and the rest of the free world) owe Major Winters and every other WWII participant a debt that can never be paid. They are all hero's, the likes of which we will never see again.

    God Bless these men, alive or dead. Everyone should thank God for allowing us to have some of these very special men still with us. Take the opportunity to sit and talk with them whenever you can. You will walk away with a renewed pride in your country and you will be in awe of their deeds.

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      Pam McCarter, MD says:

      Searching for a Brent W Whitehead who served in Vietnam and was in Nha Trang 1970-1972. Any relation? Thanx

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    Mary O'Connor says:

    Like a previous poster I too, a New Zealander, avoided watching BoB when it aired on TV, though for different reasons. I too started watching when it was replayed, more or less by accident. Within a very short time I was absolutely captivated. This story should be compulsory viewing for anybody outside of the US who has been led to believe that the US troops contribution to WW2 was that they were overpaid, oversexed and over here. This story demonstrates how very disciplined and brave these young men were and some mothers loved son just like every other participant in this terrible conflict. And although I do believe that Easy co and 506th were special, the same sort of thing was happening in regiment after regiment after the US entry into the war. I am now watching it again on DVD and intend getting my own copy of this as is such an important story it should never be forgotten. Americans, you can be very proud of your country's contribution during this terrible time. Dick Winters you are a remarkable man and an inspiration.

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    christopher gathercole says:

    MAJOR D.WINTERS (LEGEND) THIS IS A WORD USED BY MANY BUT APPLY,S TO FEW WHICH AS IN YOUR CASE A TRUE LEGEND LEADER OF MEN NEVER THOUGHT OF ASKING ANYONE TO DO A MISSION HE WOULD NOT DO HIMSELF. TO MANY OF US WHO CAN ONLY READ ABOUT WW11, P.I.R 506 KILLED IN ACTION OR ALIVE YOU ARE HERO,S . GODBLESS

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    Gene H Langenberg says:

    I want to personally thank Major Winters for his service to our great country.

    My connection to Major Winters is as follows. I served with
    "B" Company 2/506th 101st Airborne from 1966-1967.

    The spirit of Currahee was as strong then as it is now. We owe this to Major Winters, the men of Easy Company and all the rest of the men that made up the 101st Airborne. It is your courage, pride, honor, and devotion to country, that every soldier has had the privilege of serving in the 101st Airborne, sets his or her standards today.

    I have had the honor of meeting many members of this elite group that jumped into Normandy on D-Day. They are the most humble men that I have ever met.

    There is not enough space to express my personal thanks to these fine men.

    God Bless You and all of the rest of the Airborne Troops that died and lived during World War II.

    Currahee,

    Gene H Langenberg
    Corona, CA

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    Gary Todd says:

    Dear Sir, You Sir,Major Winters are a true Hero. I would like to thank you and all WWII Veterans that your sacrafices and selflessnes efforts during such a defining time in the American history. Has truly given people like me many a years of relative peacful and prosperous life. May God give you and your wife many more healthy years of life. Thanks.

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    BARRY BAKER says:

    Dear Major Winters
    I would like to thank you and the remaining members of easy company for the courage that you all showed to the world of your campaine through Europe , since i was bourn in April of 1947 i did not know anything about the war,only knowledge through films that i have watched .and bits of information from my late dad who fought at Monte Casino and El Alamain each and every man did his job on land sea and air ,but through the film A Band Of Brothers ,i will never forget the gallentry shown by you and your men past and present.Sir thank you once again be sure to give all of the best to all concerned from the above named and the rest of England.

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    jacqueline gagliano says:

    THE GREATEST GENERATION WILL ALWAYS LIVE IN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF FREEDOM-LOVING PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. WE OWE A DEBT OF GRATITUDE TO MAJOR WINTERS AND HIS BAND OF BROTHERS THAT CAN NEVER BE PAID. WE HONOR THEM AND CAN ONLY HOPE THAT OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN WILL ALWAYS BE INSPIRED BY THEM.

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    James Cockerill says:

    A stunning mini series, I would follow Major Winters to hell and back. Having, my self Been a leader of an engineering maintenance team,
    I have learnt some of the lessons he has taught and would of been a better leader if I had seen the series earlier and possibly of read his story then. Truely a great American if not a true leader of mankind. Warmest regards from an admiring KIWI

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    David Fraser says:

    There is not a day goes by when I do not think of Dick Winters and his battalion and what they did for me. David Fraser, Oxford

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    Dick Bard says:

    I have viewed BOB series at least 12 times since I recieved it as a gift. I constantly read any and all books I can find regarding Easy Company. As I watch the series I can't help but wonder: where do men like Easy Company come from? Thank God for their devotion to this country and to each other. Major Dick Winters is their leader but Easy Co. chooce to follow him and his example. God bless them all. May they find or have peace the rest of their days.

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    Mark Bode says:

    I have tried to study leadership all my life, both in the life insurance business and via sports having been a life insurance manager for many years and having had a baseball schlorship to Vanderbilt…..through the Million Dollar Round Table i was exposed to some of the finest leaders in the world but when I came across The Band Of Brothers I was spell-bound by these men's courage and disapline and love of country and love for peace and humanity as well as their loyality to eachother……and as I read more and more about Major Dick Winters on the internet I began to realize just how natural of a great leader of men he was and is……but I am MOST IMPRESSED by reading the comments of all of the people in here who obvisiouly " GET IT "…each of 'you" who have commented in here obvisiouly understand and respect the great lessons taught to all of us by ALL of the Band Of Brothers about loyality to your country and loyality to your military brothers and the tremendous courage it takes to serve in our military…please remember that there were MANY " Band Of Brothers" soldiers in WW 2 ( and every OTHER war America has fought in ) that exercised just as much courage and loyality and disapline who did not serve in the 101 and/or Easy company but in units just as important to the war effort…..millions of these incredable Americans…and as great a leader Major Dick Winters was and is, there were many more officers and sgts etc who exercised amazing unselfish and brave leadership as well….Dick Winters has shown us that the great principles of leadership never change and can and should be used by ALL leaders in ALL positions of leadership….I agree 100% with the person who said Band of brothers should be shown to our young people in highschool….i would argue that it should be shown once a year to all our kids in highschool in the 10th -12th grade….ALL young kids should be exposed to the concept of leadership IN AMERICA…..to the young man who hopes to serve under a leader like Dick Winters when he joins the military i would like to say to him : dont LOOK for a leader like Winters….YOU BE a leader like Winters so you can help MANY soldiers yourself and so you can expose many soldiers and people to Winters great leadership principles….and as far as the Medal Of Honor for Winters…..there were THOUSANDS of other soldiers who should have won it also..but didnt…tens of thousands….how about all our young flyers in those B 17 s who knew the odds were WAY against them completing 25 missions but kept going up any way…and all our sub guys and tank guys etc…..those who didnt win that medal did not go to war and do all of those amazingly brave things to win individual medals…they did them to help their country and to help their buddies next to them….they rest easy…every one of them….their country won the war and saved the world and their buddies knew and know that each did their duty….thats all they need…and when they see each other at get-to-gethers and hug eachother and shake hands or when people like us say "thank you " to them…thats all they need….every time i see a soldier in uniform i personally go up to them and thank "them "…….Mark Bode

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    Joey Gaera,Papua new Guinea says:

    To Maj Winters,Guarnere,Malarkey,Randleman,and all E/506. I salute you.Hope I get to meet you and thank you.Your legend lives forever.

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    SGT Gandar Mark A says:

    WOW!!… their are so many ppl that see from one tv series "Band of Brothers" that no matter what kind a situation is brought apon OUR country, how close soldiers,officers,NCO's, get in war time. i take my hat off to all the easy company soldiers and the rest of the 101 on what they did in ww2… I also like to add that MAJ Dick Winters should be recieve the CMOH.. He should have gotten it long be4 this documentary came out.. but hey what can we do right.. I also wish their were more officers liek MAJ Winters in our military today.. HOOAH!!!! SGT Gandar US Army Infantry

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    Jamie Norgate says:

    I would like to give a big thanks to MJ.Dick Winters and his comapany for there sacrerfices, bravery and true leadership skills. True heros! I would also like to give many thanks to all of the other allies that did not have chance to get recognised for there efforts.

    The band of brothers was amazing. I think its brilliant to have films that help depict factual ww2 films.

    thanks Jamie Norgate

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    Barbara May says:

    I have all the books and the DVD and still watch BofB every time it's on History Channel. I want to thank all of you for fighting for our freedom during WWII! I was a little girl during those years, just starting school, but I was aware men and women were fighting for all of us. It made me proud! With Stephen Ambrose's first book about all of you, the war became more personal than ever!
    Thank you all!

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    Markus says:

    Major Winters is the personification of why his generation is rightfully called the Greatest Generation.

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    Bill says:

    It's unfortunate, thanks in part to the politics of Mr Speilberg, Tom Hanks, and others likeTom Brokaw, that America is now a nation of cowering pussies.

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      BOB says:

      you're right, america is not what it used to be. but what did speilberg, hanks, and brokaw have to do with it.

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      Melvin U. Trustaff says:

      How true!, how true! It is sad that American males born after 1945 are all cowering p******. That includes, I'm sad to say, our current military who have been fighting this Global War OF Terror now for nearly ten years with no end in sight.

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    John Lerke says:

    In the off chance Major Richard Winters ever reads these comments. I just wanted to say "Thank You".

    Far from where you live, in a place you may have never been, resides a man who deeply admires the man you are.
    I'm sure that like any man, you have your flaws. But on your worst day, I am confident your a better man than most are on their best.

    If men like you, led this country, we would not be in the situation we are now.
    Thank you for your profound sacrifice.

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    William P. Carroll Jr says:

    At the age of eight I knew I wanted to be a paratrooper. My older brother served with the 173rd airborne, and the 101st in Vietnam.
    My Dad served in US Army in the south pacific during WWII. I became a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne in 1979, I am grateful to all those who mad us what we are today, FREE …I

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      Jim Glasgow says:

      My wife believes that " I've gone off the deep end." I too am one of those who've watch BofB many times. I watch it, not simply 'because it's a Great Movie", but rather, because it's a true story about real people who acted heroically in the face of great danger.
      We now live in a world today where "nothing is sacred" — and everyone — cynical. Dick Winters and Easy Company remind us that, by God's grace, the heroic can still live within us. As we watch, we can't help but think, "what would I have done? " … "how would I have reacted?" Seeing "the heroic" in them, inspires "the heroic" in us.
      Fnally, I believe that I'm riveted to this Movie because: It allows me "to be close to my Father." I, like so many whose Fathers who fought in WW2, found it " awkward to be close" to my Dad. Both my Dad and Uncle fought in the War. My Dad, a doctor and my Uncle a tail gunner with 41 bombing missions.
      Growing up, I wanted to hear, but, they never really could talk about it. My Uncle had a nervous break down after the War. Both are dead now. I've found that continuing to watch this true story of heroism — not only allows me to feel close to them — but hopefully — inspires "the heroic" in me.

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      Richard McDonald says:

      William,I resently bought a Named Good conduct medal. The name is
      William P. Carroll Jr. Could this have been your father. ww2 army South Pacific? Thanks for your time. Richard

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    Richard Slee says:

    Richard (A simple Englishman)

    Men of few words are the best men.
    Henry V, 3. 2

    Major R Winters

    The acts of extreme bravery, professionalism and dedication to duty shown by you and the men of 101st Airborne Easy Company is the torch of light to lead others to their path of self awareness and respect of your fellow man, alas which can be so easily forgotten in our modern society. I can only admire men of such standing. For the fellowship they have shown to all they have encountered as they pass through this life. May your deeds inspire many to greater achievements. I wish you and your family and the remaining members of the 101st Airborne Easy Company peace in the twig light years of you incredible lives.

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    Robert says:

    I met Major Dick Winters at the Hershey area Panera's restaurant in winter of 2008. When I was going to fill up my soda. I passed this older gentleman with a bomber jacket on who looked like Major Winters…He had a nurse with him who said "Dick, do you want coffee," I looked down and saw at his jacket and saw a ""band of brothers patch on his bomber jacket" he was wearing. As he was leaving — he pushed his walker passed my table. I turned and said, "Major Winters, how are you today, sir? He looked down at me as I was working on my laptop and said; It looks like you are having a harder day than me, and laughed — and then pat me on my shoulder. A tear came to my eye, and I chokingly thanked him for his service to our country — and he pushed his walker and walked his nurse to the door. Two other business guys next to me saw the whole thing and could not believe who that was. Major Winters still lives in Hershey, with a "do not disturb" sign in front of the house. The locals, (like myself) respect his privacy! Just a brush of greatness story!

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    Ant says:

    Hi, I am someone who born in China, raise in Hong Kong, and live in Singapore the past 10 years. I am writing here to let people know Major Dick Winters and the Easy Company has had their admirers not only in US, Europe, but probably the whole world.

    Basically, I believe every army has its hero, be it the American Army, the Chinese Army, the Brits, the Germans, or even the Japanese. Every army has characters like Major Winters, who leads by example. Heros like the Easy Company who would die for each other. Or cowards who would run away when the heat is on.

    The stories of Major Winters and the Easy company is a fine reminder of how human nature would rise to its best in the time of hardship. And truly inspired people all around the world.

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    Joel Powell says:

    I would just like to send my thanks and appreciation to all that have served. I too am a great fan of BoB and anything concerning WWII. My greatest enjoyment came from the actual interviews of the men in their own words. I heard Major Winters say that he was interviewed for several hours , but they only used just a few minutes of it. My desire is to see not only the rest of his interview but all the others also. Popeye Wynn is a favorite of mine. There is something special about the men and that comes across during their conversations and I can't get enough. They remind me of my father who served in Korea. It was in the last years of his life that we talked about his service and I heard the same humble comments about what he did. All true soldiers must be cut from the same cloth, so to speak. jp

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    bettyna de borda says:

    DICK es uno de los hombres que marco a EASY COMPANY le diò la gloria y eso siempre estarà en el recuerdo de los veteranos del dìa D y en el recuerdo de todo el mundo occidental que sufrìa esa locura de un HITLER totalmente desubicado…Los grandes hombres como WINTERS dejan un sello en la vida que nunca se borra…

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    Serena Kelly says:

    I just want to say Thank you so much to Richard winters and all who served our country so we could have our freedom. There is no words to express my appreciation and what each of you sacraficed. May god bless you and Id like to add the B of B was truly remarkable movie .

    You Richard Winters and all who served are truly a inspiration to me and so many .

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    Gary T Jay says:

    Band of Brothers should be required viewing in its entirety at every high school class in America! Fox News had a poll back in 2006 that said 40% of the HS in the US think that IN WWII WE FOUGHT WITH THE RUSSIANS AGAINST THE GERMANS! ( I'm afraid the current administration would've tried to talk Hitler to death!)

    Going back to WT A&M @ Stephenville to get my teaching certificate eventually led me to Fort Worth Dunbar a week before Spring Break in 2004. (They'd had to escort the previous teacher out of the HS from his "losing it" trying to handle the terrible discipline problems.)

    Using Major Winters' leadership metheds enabled me to handle all the malcontents and finally spend the time to get them to "buy in" to WWII, which was by concidence the timeline where I'd started. I'd slip in video segments of the Battle of Britain and started getting them hooked on Schindler's List to the point that they'd get upset when I'd fastforward, but I had to stick to my lesson plans!

    But when Band of Brothers was viewed, they were so engrossed that they'd come to class a few minutes early and would cue it up for me so they could watch its entirety!! No one was counted absent for that whole week! Being over 90% Afro-American became significant, because when they saw the segment where Bull Randleman's group came across the concentration camp you could've heard a feather drop! At that point they realized that slavery was a Sunday School picnic compared to the Holocost! THEY DIDN'T HAVE A CLUE until that point! Every class member passed the TAKS test in history, that in Texas is required to graduate! I've read every BofB related publication that I can get my hands on. Keep them coming! Thank you Major Winters. My success at that school was due to you. I personally think that you had a "gift" of leadership.

    I went to NCO school @ Fort Benning & served with the Blackhorse along the Cambodian Border back in 1970-71. Didn't go to Jump School due to some concussions I encountered during Basic Training @ Ft Bliss.

    May you live forever in peace until you join the rest of your brothers in that heavenly band!!!!!

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    Kristin Saplala says:

    Thank you Major Winters, Sir.

    It is with great honor to know your story and your sacrifice for us generations of late posterity. My own grandfather (Captain Ruben L. Saplala RIP) was a Filipino WWII veteran who fought alsongside the Americans in the Pacific. He also got out of retirement and served in the Vietnam war. If he were alive today, he would have loved your book and the series, and I'm pretty sure he could relate a lot to it, and opened up about his own story during the war.

    Looking forward to HBO's "THE PACIFIC" next year, same directors and producers of "BAND OF BROTHERS". I am incredibly happy, and genuinely moved to tears that we are able to pay respect in tribute for the guys who fought and died for us.

    Thanks again, God bless.
    Kris Saplala

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    A.S. says:

    One of my grand-grandfathers served in the 15th Waffen-Grenadierdivision der SS (Latvian legion). Other was in the 130th Rifle Corps of Red Army.

    War is never easy. The grand-grandfather who served (was conscripted) in the Red Army was killed in action and the other was captured somewhere around Berlin by Soviets and had to spend some 10+ years in Soviet GULAG camps. But eventually he returned and lived a long life. I would so like to be able to speak with him… he saw me when I was two years old but died soon after…

    War is hell. I really enjoyed the BofB miniseries and found these men to be no different than what my grandfather told me about how his dad was taking out commies… He wasn't a nazi and he couldn't be since Germans didn't take untermenschen in their party but he was conscripted and was forced to fight- otherwise he and his family would suffer… And we never really liked commies so I believe he fought for a just cause- even if he was in Waffen SS, he protected his family by doing that and killed the bloody pigs that occupied my country first and stayed after the war for another 50 years…

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    H. Leigh says:

    I LOVE OUR VETS! AND I BELIEVE THEY SHOULD GET THE SAME HEALTH CARE OUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS RECIEVE.

    i HUG EVERYONE IN UNIFORM. THE ODD THING IS THEY ARE A LITTLE TAKEN ABACK. I WAS IN MIAMI AIRPORT AND APPROACHED AN OFFICER AND ASKED IF I COULD HUG HIM. HE HAD SUCH A LOOK OF SHOCK THAT PROMPTED ME TO ASK WHAT WAS WRONG. HE EXPLAINED THAT MOST SOLDIERS ARE NOT TREATED WITH RESPECT.

    THANK YOU SIR FOR SI;GNING YOUR NAME ON THE DOTTED LINE.
    GOD BE WITH YOU AND ALL OUR VETS AND OUR SOLDIERS PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE.

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    W. Bright says:

    BOB was on all day today and I watched most of it; my wife asked what the movie was about, I said it was about Easy Co., she asked what did they do? I said , "saved the world." for that is a fact. So many of those BOB are passing on, all of those who "saved the world" are becoming memories, but there is no doubt they saved the world, I only hope we can honor their sacrifice on our own time.

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    Frank B. Bihari says:

    I am deepfully impressed by the story of the airbourne men. I cried and cried when I was hearing about their storys. It is also remarkable that Major Winters had this special preparation time with the barnes family. Analyses, prayers…… war. I think we should learn something about it. Thanks to Mr. Ambrose who developed this great history and thank god for all he has done trough this guys to free us from national fanatism.

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    ian forman says:

    i had the honour to see the graves of the fallen men of easy company who died at bastogne in luxembourg cemetery last year, i am going back again in may this year to take my eldest son. i found the woods where they fought by mistake and it was easy to see how cold it must have been there. what tough men they were,

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    Will Halvorson says:

    I honor Major Winters for his service. I read his book last week and just now finished watching the HBO series " Band of Brothers" on DVD.

    If any of you are in contact with Mister Winters; please thank him from one more grateful American.

    While I understand that many men served and led the world to defeat fascism. After reading and seeing his story I've become emotionally attached to Mister Winters and his men (I'm reading their books now).

    So thanks very much Mister Winters, E Company, and all of the honorable, courageous Americans who led the way those many years ago.

    My dad and my uncle both served in WWII. My uncle had his wings and dropped into Normandy on D-Day. Unfortunately, he passed away four years ago. Although in his last years he told me some amazing tales of survival and heroism, I never understood everything he did or how difficult his service was. Although I missed the opportunity to more completely thank him for his service, at least I've begun to understand and deeply appreciate his sacrifice.

    Thanks for giving me that insight. I hope I can live up to the example my dad, my uncle, and many other members of that great generation set for all Americans to be disciplined, to persevere, and to lead the way.

    Thanks

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    B Chris Loggins says:

    Major Winters is one hell of a commander, I myself was a paratrooper, it would be my pleasure to meet this man. What ever happened to Cpt. Nixon?

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    James says:

    After reading the comments here it's quite amazing the impact that the war generation have had and continue to have on the generations since. I too would like to offer my immence thanks to those who endured the harsh conditions of that time especially Mj Winters and the Band of Brothers and those of every nations forces that acted with such bravery. Whenever I watch BofB I have to confess that as the 35 year old Englishman that I am, the final episode where Winters narrates each of E companies post war lives, I have to shed a tear, and am filled with pride for all of their kind
    Thank you again for giving us the freedom that we must never take for granted but all too often do.

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    Pim Donkersloot says:

    I am living nearby the Crossroads and Estate Schoonderlogt (where maj. winters was stationed together with Lewis Nixon), and as a tribute I made two video's of it, that can be seen on You Tube. Go to:
    Dick Winters Crossroads (65 years later)
    Dick Winters Schoonderlogt (65 years later)

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    Catlin Bowes says:

    Dear Major Richard Winters.

    Even tho you probobly won't read this what you and your men did during the war was nothing less than extrodanary. What everyone on E company went through and dealed with no normal civillian could have done that. You and evryone in E company have suffered more than anyone should your sacrifices will not be forgoten. To you and every man that served in E company i am honored to live in the world that you guys fought for. All tho no amount of words can show
    E copmany the gratitude that we all have for your sacrifices.

    " May you all live in peace for the rest of your lives"

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    Jessica Johns says:

    Today, on the eve of the Allied Expeditionary Force's Invasion of Normany, 66 years ago, I want to say a most sincere 'Thank you' to
    Major Winters and the beloved men of Easy Company. Such valor, such sacrifice, such honor, such men!!!
    I of course remember all the other brave soldiers who were willing to die for my freedom.
    To each of you, I say thank you. thank you, thank you.

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    Leslie Storace says:

    There is a 3 lettered word in the English language that means " an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc, produced by that which is grand, sublime and extremely powerful". That word is Awe.

    I come from the Mediterranean island of Malta and on 15th April 1942 King George VI of the United Kingdom awarded the George Cross to the people of Malta and in December 1943 the people of Malta received a presidential citation from Franklin D. Roosevelt.

    As a young boy back in the 1950's I was in awe about the stories of my country in time of World War II. I was in awe of my father who served as a Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Navy and is one of the very few Maltese sevicemen in the British Armed Forces in WW II to serve in the Atlantic throughout the war in Burma in the later years of the war.

    That awe has found its equal on seeing the mini series " Band of Brothers" but most especially in reading the biographies of the men in Easy Company. I cannot point out anyone in particular for they were all heroes but in my humble opinion those brave men turned out to be what they were through the great leadership of Major. Richard Winters.

    Major Winters…Men of Easy Company, I salute you.

    Leslie Storace (Malta)

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    Bob Schnepp says:

    My parents were members of this same Greatest Generation. I'll never forget how both of my parents spoke with deep awe and the deepest respect about members of their own generation and having the privilege of knowing the experiences of my father-in-law who was in The Spearhead Unit at Normandy –and who was one of the bravest men I know –and then hearing/reading the story of such brave Americans as Maj. Richard Winters and his great men such as Bill Guarnere and Joe Toye–, I fully understand my parents' awe–and I stand in even more awe.
    I don't know of any other generation of Americans who stood united , in awe and lovingly respectful of one another as this generation did . Thank you Tom Brokaw for naming them what they are: The greatest Generation. MAY GOD BLESS AND PRESERVE THEM ALL!!

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    e ma says:

    To Major Winters, men of Easy Company, and all allied servicemen,

    All humanity owes a huge debt to the sacrifices you and your generation have made in defense of democracy and liberty.

    Though I am not an American, it is in my humble opinion that America was a great country during WWII, and America is still a great country of great people.

    God bless you all, and may all humanity live in peace forever more.

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    firly rassat says:

    Extraordinary men…. I salute all of u…Easy Company

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    Paul Gautreaux - Louisiana says:

    God Bless the men and women who served and died in WWII,

    "The Greatest Generation". Thank you Maj. Winters and your fellow

    soldiers, and all others who helped save the world from evil.

    I CRY EVERY TIME I WATCH "BAND of BROTHERS". I took a very

    dear friend of mine to Washington, DC for Veterans Day who was a

    WWII and Korean War Veteran because I wanted to show my

    appreciation for the sacrifices he and all others gave for our

    freedom. I was so lucky to experience and share those moments.

    I wish I could have served along side him and all other brothers in

    arms.

    LET US NEVER FORGET, NOR OUR CHILDREN'S CHILDREN

    FORGET FOR GENERATION TO COME WHAT THOSE MEN DID

    FOR US.

    YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!! WE LOVE YOU ALL…

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    Khader Bandak says:

    Those guys made a problem for me, am addicted to WW2 stories, and BOB made it worse lol, i watched it 20 times so far, and about Maj. Winters all i can say is that i wish i can shake his hand, this is a man of honor.

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    Bob Comeau says:

    I've lost count how many times I have viewed BOB – Read the book twice and am on the 2nd reading of Major Winters bio by Larry Alexander. It is difficult to describe how much admiration I have for Major Winters. Suffice it to say that he is one of the greatest of "the greatest generation" I too would consider it an honor just to shake his hand. God bless him and all of the "Band of Brothers"

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    Lynn C. Ehrhardt says:

    God bless Dick Winters , Easy Company and all the men and women who served to protect our freedoms and those still fighting. My father and my uncles served in WWII and I learned at a young age the sacrifices this generation made for their country and their fellow soldiers.Without a doubt the toughfest generation that ever lived.THANK YOU

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    Jim Reilly says:

    Thank you Major Winters for your service and your qualities. I only wish that the people running this country and running for office shared in your character. Thank you for the reminder of what it means to be an American, and a person of character.

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    Roland Bakker says:

    Dear Mr.Winters,
    I respect that you have retired from the public eye. I just want you to know that every day in Holland people visit the monuments. We remember and honor. We wil never forget. Never.
    Roland Bakker
    Holland

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    John Karcher says:

    Mr. Winters:
    I just want to say thank you for your service, leadership and integrity that you gave to Easy Company and to our nation. You set a standard I fall far short of and am humbled that your sacrifice and blood paved the way for us today. You and the men of WWII amaze me. I had two uncles ( one married my aunt). They were in the 82nd Airborne during WWII and I never heard them talk about it. They have passed on and I deeply regret not knowing what they did. But folks of your generation, unlike today, didn't sit around and brag about past exploits. You just got on with life and helped make America the dominant power of the world.
    I wish I had the privelege to meet you. It would be one of the great honors of my life.

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    Sam Sayger says:

    Major Winters is the perfect example of "Men Who Have Made All The Difference in America"

    When I first saw '"Band Of Brothers" I left that theater feeling like a better man because I am an American just like those men – living and dead who lived that war. It is very probable that I could never have measured up to the standard necessary for what they did but I can hope. I am so thankful that they were there and I do hope there are men today who "Measure Up" to what needs to be done. I really feel that those times will be upon us again and maybe, much sooner than we think.

    God bless America and Major Richard Winters – and all like him of who there are not a few~

    Sam Sayger
    Mississippi

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    lilly says:

    what duties did he have in the military

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    Tim Lockling says:

    Maj. Winters and his comrades are the best of America. Our polticians and citizens should celebrate these guys everyday instead of the baloney we see on TV like "American Idol".

    Thank you Vetrans and Law Enforcement for your service.

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    BOB says:

    thanks to MJ winters and the men who fought with him and under him. you guys say the true heros are the men who died. if this is true, you may not be heros but the bravest peoeple i've ever read about. it's absolutely an honor to read your book "beyond band of brothers". i am presently reading bill and babes book "brothers in war, friends for life". my father was in the korean war. he never would open up and talk about his experiences. reading your books brings me a little closer to seeing what he went through.
    i want to thank you for your bravery and heroism for defending our freedom. MJ winters, you definately deserve the cmoh. i would love to see you receive it in person. thank you again for everything.

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    John Davies says:

    I too have watched BoB many times, and countless other dvds about WW2, and every book I can get my hands on.

    But BoB is without doubt the most 'personal' account of war in print or on dvd, and had a profound effect on me, and everybody i know who has watched it. My wife, when the series first aired, was not going to watch it, but sat for the opening credits and was hooked. This year it was her who arranged for us to visit Normandy and pay our respects at the battle sites – Brecourt Manor, Utah Beach, St Marie du Mont, Carantan, Omaha – and at each site we were truly humbled by the actions of these extraordinary men.

    Extraordinary – a word that is massively overused today. But these men, this Band of Brothers were truly that.

    And it makes us realise that their heroism, bravery and sacrifice make it OK for us to be ordinary today – they gave us that choice, that right.
    Every schoolkid should watch this series to understand what war is really about, instead of thinking it's about pressing some buttons on a games box.

    The true heroes are the humble old gentlemen of today, and when they pass, take that final jump, should be forever honoured and never forgotten.

    God Bless them all

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    Michael says:

    All of the WWII vets are heros, if we could all approch life with the same principles Maj Winters has shown us what a fantastic world this would be.

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    [...] 'Dick Winters – Reflections on the Band of Brothers, D-Day and Leadership' on our partner site, HistoryNet. [...]

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    BOB says:

    As a veteran, I totally respect the service of Major Winters. Though we never met, please convey my deepest condolences to the family of Major Winters at his recent passing.

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    Robert Jnr says:

    RIP Major Winters

    Thank you and god bless

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    sauerkraut says:

    For those who come here without already knowing this, please be advised that Dick Winters, American hero and Pennsylvanian farmer, passed away at an assisted living facility in Campbelltown, PA (just east of Hershey) on January 2, 2011, after a long, long battle with Parkinson's Disease.

    You hung tough, Major. 92 years old, you tough old bastard. Rest in peace.

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    Carl in Japan says:

    This is truely a sad day for us all. Maj Winters is one of the many dedicated WWII veterans and those that answered the call to duty for the country in a effort to save the world when all was looking grim. We have seen generations like him serve later in Korea, Vietnam and now during our current efforts against terrorism. Good military leaders are all around us, take a moment and say thank you to our current soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines as they are carrying the torch now.

    Maj Winters will surely be missed. We should all be gratefull that the Band of Brothers story was told before this chapter of history is closed.

    Semper Fi.

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    Todd Christ says:

    My father fought with the 83rd in the ardenes and was wounded in the battle of the huretgen forrest. He tried to explain to me the love that you have for your fellow combat solider. He said that he could very well save your life during combat. The actors in Band of Brothers did a very good job depecing that love I refer to. My father like Dick Winters didnt belive he was a hero, even though he had a whole chest full of medals including a purple heart and a bronze star. He would say to me that the "heros are burried above Omaha beach". They truly are and will always be the greatest generation. I am very pround of what my father did during his seven months of fighhting. My father as well as Dick Winters are now gone from this world. A loss that I am afraid will never be replaced. The trash that I see runing our country and corporations are sad. I dont see these leaders any more. All I see is pigs at the trough.

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    Gary says:

    After having watched BoB several times, including reading the book as well as the book that Major Winters wrote himself all I have is repspect for the man. It is sad to see him pass on, though he did live long. I respect him most not for for his combat actions, though those combat action actions were highly impressive, but rather his humility, The respcet he garnered from his men who served under him. Major Winters was a good man, an explemplary leader, and above all a friend to his men. He was a man who intentionally put his own life into danger in order to preserve his own men more than once. His tactical prowess was matched by few on the battlefield.

    To Major Richard "Dick" Winters ret., I salute you, sir! And the men of E co.
    Also all of the combat veterans who have fought in war.

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    Barry J. Lewis says:

    Major Winters has been one of my biggest heros, he led an exemplary life, a real hero in the true sense of the word. I am sorry I was never able to meet him, I hope he has gotten his Heavenly reward. God bless you Dick Winters.

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    Anthony F. Winkler says:

    I found out just yesterday, that maj Richard winters had passed away. I don't have the words to say, such a loss to all of us, and the men he fought with in "Easy Co". May God bless him and his family. I will never forget him. I pray congress will award him the CMH, he so deserves it, and has for so long.

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    Paulo M Roque says:

    It's very sad that Major Richard Winters died last January 2nd. We all owe our freedom to Mr. Winters generation. Rest in peace, our brave leader!

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    Ray Wilcox says:

    A great man, a great leader and an even greater loss to this world. We can only hope that he is reunited with his former easy Co. buddies. May they all rest in peace.

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    [...] Dick Winters: Reflections on the Band of Brothers, D-Day and Leadership [...]

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    Gideon says:

    Go peacefully into that good night Richard Winters–a true American hero who has enabled all of us to sleep easily since 1945. God bless!

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    Melissa Williams says:

    I knew Mr. Winters. He worked with my Dad. I never knew the hero he was. When my Dad told me a movie was coming out and he was part of it, I thought it would be a brief scene that I would blink and miss. Much to my surprise, as I sat glued to Band of Brothers, I realized the sacrifices he and those in his company made. I never knew this quiet man helped to save our country. He sent my Dad an autographed picture for my son reading "Hang Tough Jake". Now that he is gone, it means more than ever. A true American Hero.

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    Doug G says:

    May you and the rest of easy company that have gone before and from now on rest in peace!!! My thanks for your services to our country and way of life that we have been able to keep due to your sacrifices and skills. I agree, the MOH should have been awarded long before now!!!

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    Henry Perez says:

    Maj. Winters and his men serves as an inspiration to many people. I envy Maj. Winters' men for having the oppurtunity to know the man and experience his heroism. As i learned about Maj. Winters death, I cannot help but feel deeply sorrow for the loss of an icon. I will and forever remember Maj. Winters famous words " I am not a hero in the war….but i served in the company of heroes"

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    Ken W says:

    Thank you sir. Just watched an interview on FOX News with remarkable young man Jordan Brown who is spear heading a drive to raise money for a remembrance of WWII Vets. Jordan is 11 years old. His web site http://www.hangtough6644.org/

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    michele celso says:

    When I first watched Band of Brothers, Major Winters stuck out right away and I was so impressed by his bravery and leadership. I was sad to hear of his passing. My father enlisted at 17 in WW2 and was a ballgunner on a B-24 Liberator. My Dad died in June 2008.

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    roy botzer says:

    hi i sarve in Israely army in fight unit
    Major Richard Winters and oll brave U S A
    soldger ,Marinis, Navy, paratrooper,thank you.
    we remmber you forever yours thank you
    gad bless yours great solles
    and i am an Isreali man
    feel that we are brouthers in sprit dispit
    the distans in time and contry
    they saved us . and live in us

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    [...] actions of Dick Winters are still taught in military classrooms. Given little intelligence, and orders so vague as to [...]

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    Larry B. Thompson says:

    I say "dittos" to every reply made above. Watching the movie over and over again has endeared me to the men of the 506th. I was especially saddened in the recent loss of Major Dick Winters. I am sure he is enjoying seeing many of his past comrades in heaven…perhaps not all of them, but a good many of them. What those men of the 506 endured was incredible to say the least. My favorite line in the movie, spoken by Major Winters, was when another officer told then Capt. Winters that he and his men would be in a situation where they would be surrounded by the enemy…to which Capt. Winters replied, "We're paratroopers sir, we are suppose to be surrounded." God bless all the men dead and living who served in Easy Company, 506th. Your likes we seldom see any more in such quantities.

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    Kevin says:

    I feel terrible that I never saw the "Band of Brothers" until just recently when I purchased the DVDs. The reason I feel so bad, is I now know that many of the real "Brothers" have passed on and I would have loved to have written Major Winters and thanked him for his service. I also served, in peace time, so I trained at Ft. Benning to get my wings and I trained at Ft. Sam Houston to become a Medic. If there had been a conflict I would have been like "Doc Rowe" jumping with my squad and platoon where needed. I admire all of those men and all of my "Brothers who have faced the ultimate test and showed the courage to do their duty for God and Country.
    CURREHEE!!

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    jefforey says:

    sadly BAND OF BROTHERS is one of my favorite mini series of all time. i say sadly because of the loss of life. most people don't really realize the great sacrifice these MEN made and endured during that time. i am sure some of the movie was over dramatized for entertainment purposes, even if half of it what was accurate it is truly an amazing story. you take 120 or so total strangers and throw them together, and in some cases 4-8 months later have to depend on that total stranger to guard your life and, you his. the camaraderie that is developed between these men can not really be explained. a lot of times it surpasses that of a man and woman, in marriage. it is only devolved with COMBAT SOLDIERS. i would personally like to thank MAJOR WINTERS and the rest of EASY company,(with the exception of Capt. SOBEL for obvious reasons) for their sacrifice and contribution to the war, and what they have provided to our EVERY DAY LIFE. these MEN have my highest respect and regards.
    THANK YOU!

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    david says:

    soy argentino y estoy seguro que uno de los mayores exitos de una guerra es haber tenido un lider tan dedicado como lo fue el major WINTERS, lo que hace es potenciar nuestro desempeño al hacer frente a adversidades como la de aquella epoca. Estamos en duelo por la perdida del aquel lider que hizo la diferencia….

    TRANSLATION from BING
    I'm Argentine and I'm sure that one of the biggest successes in a war is having a leader so devoted as it was the major WINTERS, what it does is to enhance our performance when you face adversity like that time. We are in mourning for the loss of the one leader who made a difference…

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    lhemz says:

    a lot of good men sacrificed their lives for a good reason… our never-ending salute to all of you guys.

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    lhemz says:

    my salute also goes to the men and women who sacrificed in doing their job in the pacific… as a filipino i owe my freedom to those people… thank u guys, i wish i could pay u back

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    Peter Tobrise says:

    I have seen the BoB series so many times and even gone online to read about the real people portrayed in the series. I am overwhelmed by the leadership style of Late Major R Winters and more so the confidence his fellow soldiers have for him. May the souls of the men and women who liberated Europe and the rest of the world rest in perfect peace. I admire the sacrifices and selflessness displayed by them all. Peter from Nigeria.

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    jeff says:

    i am from china.Mr Winters give me a real world.
    and let me think about my live more and more .
    thx.

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    cr says:

    i am doing a reprot on you for school we are choosing people who we think are great leaders and i think your the gratest

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    Pete D says:

    RIP Major Winters. Thank you, for your dedicated service.
    And Thank You to ALL who served to protect our freedom.

    I didnt serve, but I do belong to the Patriot Guard and stand flag lines for all those who served this great county.

    Thank you

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