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I am sad to say that the Patriot News in Harrisburg Pa has reported that Dick Winters from Easy Company 101ST Fame has passed away.
Rest Easy Sir.
Blue skies and soft landings. Thank you for your service and for the legacy you left for others to follow.
Rest in Peace Major Winters
Rest in Peace Sir....
One last DZ for a man who was certainly part of our Greatest Generation. God speed, sir.
I don't believe I have ever felt more heartbroken from the loss of someone who I've never had the pleasure of actually meeting. Although there have been so many good men, some of much recognition and others of little, who shared fantastic traits like those of Major Dick Winters, this is the one who I studied the most and would try so hard to emulate his characteristics.
Rest in peace Major Winters. You will never be forgotten.
Great soldier, great leader, great man. RIP.
Rest in peace Major. Your philosophy on leadership continues to inspire (http://www.historynet.com/dick-winters-reflections-on-the-band-of-brothers-d-day-and-leadership.htm) soldiers.
Rest In Peace and God Bless You Sir, Thank You for your heroism in defense of America, despite never having had the pleasure of meeting you, your courage and candor has been a constant inspiration for me.
The epitome of a combat leader.
What a great example of an American. RIP ....
Rest in peace, Sir. Your story was inspirational and one that I will never forget. Although it has been said by those that served under him that they would follow Major Winters to hell, today I am confident many of them rendezvoused in heaven.
The GREATEST generation indeed.
Thank you for the example you were and continue to be.
Rest in peace Sir.
Rest in Peace Sir. I will be looking for you, Col Howard, Col Maroney and Others..... at that Rally Point, just off of the Final DZ!!
Thoughts and Prayers Out!!
I am amazed at how this country has, throughout history, consistently produced real-life heroes. They come from nowhere, with very humble origins, and go forth and do the impossible.
Dick Winters was a great man and a hero. Our loss is Heaven's gain.
Rest in Peace, Major. Thank you for your life time of service and sacrifice. You have been an inspiration to generations of warriors. You will ALWAYS be missed and NEVER forgotten.
Rest well Sir.
REST IN PEACE
Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Rest In Peace, Sir.
He may be gone but he left behind an example of leadership that will go on for ears to come. RIP
RIP Major Winters. You're a legend.
A truly inspirational leader and humble man from a great generation.
RIP Major Winters and thank you for your service.
RIP Warrior, Vaya on Dios..
Damn....RIP MAJ Winters, thank you and all your kind for what you've done for us. A legacy that will never fade..
Prayers out to the family.
Rest in Peace, Sir.
A very well earned rest. Rest in peace sir....jd
God Bless,Rest in Peace Warrior................:(
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In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti Amen.
In pace requiescat Sir. Dominus vobiscum.
Thank you for leading the way Major Winters.
Rest in peace brother.
I have to agree with a previous post about the loss felt even though i never met the man. I read Band of Brothers well before the movie came out, though the movie put things in visual perspective. He was a true leader and the world is just a little darker without men like him in it.
Rest in Peace, Sir.
God must have needed a great man, soldier, and leader so he handpicked you sir. RIP.
Rest in peace, Sir. Thank you for being such an inspiration.
He goes to join the majority of Easy Company and I'm sure a hearty welcome.
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Rest In God's Peace Major.
RIP Major Winters...prayers out for the family.
Thank You for your service, Sir ....Sincerely, Tom Kelly
Thank you for your service and for setting the standard.
RIP, sir. You and your brethren are sorely missed.
Thank you for being the highest example of a soldier, officer, and combat leader. We live blessed because of your sacrifice.
Thank you for your example Sir. Rest in peace, secure in the knowledge that you've inspired another generation to carry on in your stead.
Again, Rest in Peace Sir.......
Dick Winters led a quiet life on his Fredericksburg farm and in his Hershey home until the book and miniseries “Band of Brothers” threw him into the international spotlight.
Since then, the former World War II commander of Easy Company had received hundreds of requests for interviews and appearances all over the world.
When people asked him if he was a hero, he liked to answer the way his World War II buddy, Mike Ranney, did.
“No,” Ranney said. “But I served in a company of heroes.” That became the tag line for the miniseries.
People who knew Winters during and after the war said he is exactly what he appears to be. He could lead without ever raising his voice or swearing. His friend Bob Hoffman, a Lebanon architect, said Winters’ eyes could “burn a hole right through you.”
According to the book, one wounded member of Easy Company wrote Winters from a hospital bed in 1945, “I would follow you into Hell.”
Ambrose, the author of “Band of Brothers,” said in a 2001 BBC interview that he hopes young people say. “I want to be like Dick Winters.”
Rest in Peace Major Winters
God Bless your family and Freinds
Soft Landings and Blue Skies Paratrooper!!
A shining example of the American Citizen Soldier. A man whose courage and leadership skills will always be an inspiration to succeeding generations of fighting men.
All army combat leaders should aspire to be half the man Dick Winters was.
We mourn your loss.
We celebrate your courage
We honor your memory,
Rest in peace, Major. You will never be forgotten.
Blue skies, Sir. May you Rest in Peace, you shall never be forgotten.
I hope you have found your quiet peace.
Winters told his own story in 'Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters,' and begins his first chapter by describing the "quiet peace" he says every soldier wants to find:
I am still haunted by the names and faces of young men, young airborne troopers who never had the opportunity to return home after the war and begin their lives anew. Like most veterans who have shared the hardship of combat, I live with flashbacks--distant memories of an attack on a battery of German artillery on D-Day, an assault on Carentan, a bayonet attack on a dike in Holland, the cold of Bastogne[...] If you had a man who was killed, you looked at him and hoped that he had found peace in death. I'm not sure whether they were fortunate or unfortunate to get out of the war so early. So many men died so that others could live. No one understands why.
To find a quiet peace is the dream of every soldier. For some it takes longer than others. In my own experience I have discovered that it is far easier to find quiet than to find peace. True peace must come from within oneself. As my wartime buddies join their fallen comrades at an alarming rate, distant memories resurface. The hard times fade and the flashbacks go back to friendly times, to buddies with whom I shared a unique bond, to men who are my brothers in every sense of the word. I live with these men every day.
Rest in Peace Major Winters, thanks for your service and sacrifice. Prayers out to family and friends. God bless you sir!!
Rest in Peace Sir. Thank you very much for your service.
I didn't need to see the re-enactments of his deeds on the screen, or read about them in Ambrose's book; all I needed was to see his face and hear his words in the 'intros' to the episodes of 'Band of Brothers' to know that, as one of his Easy Company soldiers said, 'I'd follow you to hell.'
Sir, we are saddened to hear of your passing. Prayers are extended to your family.
Thank you for your service to our country. Your leadership style should be an example for all to follow.
You will live on in our memory.
Rest in Peace, Sir.
The conclusion to a great American legend. We must endeavor to pass his accomplishments on to those who don't know the story, in the hope that they will serve as example and inspiration to our future generations.
We salute you.