Dick Winters WWII Vet, Main Character in Band of Brothers, Passed Away, Age 93

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  1. gaia227

    gaia227 I have never taken any exercise except sleeping an

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    I loved the book and the mini-series, Band of Brothers, and thought Winters was such an inspiration for his men. I have seen the men who served under him interviewed in several different documentaries about the 101st airborne and it is obvious they respected him very much.

    If you haven't seen Band of Brothers I highly recommend it. Under Winters, E Company of the 101st Airborne saw so much action during WWII, all the way from storming the beaches at Normandy to Berlin, and was instrumental in knocking out the German machine gun batteries during D-Day which was mowing down the allies as they landed on the beaches.

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  3. Hez

    Hez Active Member

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    This makes me sad, but he lived a long life filled with peace, something he vowed to himself after surviving the jump into Normandy. His book, Beyond Band of Brothers is excellent and illustrates why he was such an effective, beloved leader. Hang tough, Major Winters.
  4. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    RIP thank you for your service to our country as a Soldier

    Prayers for your family, friends and loved ones who knew you not as a Soldier but as a treasured family member, a trustworthy and loyal friend and someone who was and will always be loved.
  5. hockeymom

    hockeymom New Member

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    I think because of all the goings on in the country this went unnoticed. It makes me so sad. They don't make too many guys like him anymore. RIP.
  6. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Haven't seen the mini-series, but its title allows me to trot out Shakespeare's superb St. Crispin's Day speech, delivered by Henry V, from which the series takes its title:

    This day is call'd the feast of Crispian.
    He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
    Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
    And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
    He that shall live this day, and see old age,
    Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
    And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian.'
    Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
    And say 'These wounds I had on Crispian's day.'
    Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
    But he'll remember, with advantages,
    What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
    Familiar in his mouth as household words-
    Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
    Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
    Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.
    This story shall the good man teach his son;
    And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be remembered-
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition;
    And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
    Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

    (St. Crispin's Day, incidentally, is 25 October.)

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