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    Default 'Band of Brothers' Inspiration - Maj. Richard Winters - Dies At Age 92

    This has gotten overlooked in all the hoopla over the Rep. Giffords shooting.

    'Band of Brothers' Inspiration - Maj. Richard Winters - Dies At Age 92
    January 10, 2011

    Richard "Dick" Winters, the Easy Company commander whose World War II exploits were made famous by the book and television miniseries "Band of Brothers," died last week in central Pennsylvania. He was 92.

    Winters died following a several-year battle with Parkinson's Disease, longtime family friend William Jackson said Monday.

    An intensely private and humble man, Winters had asked that news of his death be withheld until after his funeral, Jackson said. Winters lived in Hershey, Pa., but died in suburban Palmyra.

    The men Winters led expressed their admiration for their company commander after learning of his death.

    William Guarnere, 88, said what he remembers about Winters was "great leadership."

    "When he said 'Let's go,' he was right in the front," Guarnere, who was called "Wild Bill" by his comrades, said Sunday night from his South Philadelphia home. "He was never in the back. A leader personified."

    Another member of the unit living in Philadelphia, Edward Heffron, 87, said thinking about Winters brought a tear to his eye.

    "He was one hell of a guy, one of the greatest soldiers I was ever under," said Heffron, who had the nickname "Babe" in the company. "He was a wonderful officer, a wonderful leader. He had what you needed, guts and brains. He took care of his men, that's very important."

    Winters was born Jan. 21, 1918 and studied economics at Franklin & Marshall College before enlisting, according to a biography on the Penn State website.

    Winters became the leader of Company E, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division on D-Day, after the death of the company commander during the invasion of Normandy.

    During that invasion, Winters led 13 of his men in destroying an enemy battery and obtained a detailed map of German defenses along Utah Beach. In September 1944, he led 20 men in a successful attack on a German force of 200 soldiers. Occupying the Bastogne area of Belgium at the time of the Battle of the Bulge, he and his men held their place until the Third Army broke through enemy lines, and Winters shortly afterward was promoted to major.

    After returning home, Winters married his wife, Ethel, in May 1948, and trained infantry and Army Ranger units at Fort Dix during the Korean War. He started a company selling livestock feed to farmers, and he and his family eventually settled in a farmhouse in Hershey, Pa., where he retired.

    Historian Stephen Ambrose interviewed Winters for the 1992 book "Band of Brothers," upon which the HBO miniseries that started airing in September 2001 was based. Winters himself published a memoir in 2006 entitled "Beyond Band of Brothers."

    Two years ago, an exhibit devoted to Winters was dedicated at the Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society. Winters, in frail health in later years, has also been the subject of a campaign to raise money to erect a monument in his honor near the beaches of Normandy.

    Winters talked about his view of leadership for an August 2004 article in American History Magazine:

    "If you can," he wrote, "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."

    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."

    "He was a good man, a very good man," Guarnere said. "I would follow him to hell and back. So would the men from E Company."

    Arrangements for a public memorial service are pending.
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    * http://www.majordickwinters.com/

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    Default Re: 'Band of Brothers' Inspiration - Maj. Richard Winters - Dies At Age 92

    LOL, we posted at the same time! I'll delete mine.

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    Default Re: 'Band of Brothers' Inspiration - Maj. Richard Winters - Dies At Age 92

    LOL! Too funny! And in the same forum. Don't sweat it, I'll just combine them.

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    Default Re: 'Band of Brothers' Inspiration - Maj. Richard Winters - Dies At Age 92

    OK, thanks, Ryan.

    I think it's the exact same AP article though. Go ahead and delete mine.
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    Default Re: 'Band of Brothers' Inspiration - Maj. Richard Winters - Dies At Age 92

    How amazingly weird.

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    Default Re: 'Band of Brothers' Inspiration - Maj. Richard Winters - Dies At Age 92

    I'm deeply saddened.

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    Default Re: 'Band of Brothers' Inspiration - Maj. Richard Winters - Dies At Age 92

    The Band of Brothers has just lost another hero...

    Oldest Living Member Of 'Band Of Brothers' Dies
    January 22, 2011

    A member of the "Band of Brothers" who fought in some of World War II's fiercest European battles, Ed Mauser shunned the limelight and kept his service with the Army unit a secret, even from some of his family.

    His role came to light only after his brother-in-law got him a copy of the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers," said Terry Zahn, who met Mauser during a 2009 Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II memorial. Mauser, who died Friday, told his family that some of the things in the miniseries, like the locations of buildings, weren't quite what he remembered from being there in person.

    But before that, "he never talked about it for years and years and years," said Zahn, president of the Midwest chapter of the 101st Airborne Division Association.

    Mauser, 94, was the oldest living member of Easy Company, which is often better known now as the "Band of Brothers."

    Born Dec. 18, 1916 in LaSalle, Ill., he was drafted in 1942 and volunteered for the 101st Airborne Division. He was assigned to Company E, 506th Regiment — Easy Company — which participated in the D-Day invasion of France and the follow-up Operation Market Garden. The 101st also helped defend Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.

    Historian Stephen Ambrose interviewed Easy Company leader Dick Winters for the 1992 book "Band of Brothers," upon which the HBO miniseries that began airing in September 2001 was based. Winters, of Hershey, Pa., died earlier this month at age 92.

    The miniseries followed Easy Company from its training in Georgia to the war's end in 1945. Its producers included actor Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg.

    Mauser was not among the soldiers portrayed in the miniseries.

    Zahn said he kept his service a secret, even from his relatives. After it became known, he reunited with some of his Army buddies and made a few public appearances. He preferred to stay out of the limelight.

    "Don't call me a hero," Mauser told the Lincoln Journal Star in a 2009 interview. "I was just one of the boys. I did what I was told, and let's leave it at that."

    Mauser had been fighting pancreatic cancer, Zahn said. Heafey Heafey Hoffmann Dworak & Cutler funeral home in Omaha confirmed his death.

    Mauser was preceded in death by his wife, Irene. He is survived by a daughter, Laurie Fowler of Omaha. She did not immediately return a message left Saturday by The Associated Press.

    A funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday in Omaha. Mauser will be given a military burial at Calvary Cemetery.

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