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Major Richard Winters has passed away

Discussion in 'WWII Obituaries' started by Keystone Two-Eight, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. Keystone Two-Eight

    Keystone Two-Eight Member

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    I just got a Tweet from a reliable source on Twitter that says Maj. Winters has passed away today. Anyone hear anything?

    Moderator Edit: this thread has been merged with another thread discussing the passing of this good man. The posts may not appear to follow each other correctly.
     
  2. belasar

    belasar Court Jester Staff Member

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    Nothing on his official web site.
     
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    From My post in the roll of honour thread..

    Dear friends, I regret to inform you that Major Winters passed away earlier this week after a long illness.
    Please do not contact the Winters family and respect their privacy.
    Mrs. Winters will release the news to the public shortly.
    source: majordickwinters.com webpage...

    click on the above website forum link...
     
  4. Keystone Two-Eight

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    Another great American passes on. RIP Dick. Hope you and Capt. Nixon are sippin a brew in heaven.
     
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    More likely VAT 99
     
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    Yes, I found the same source. Many of the EASY Company vets gather at Reading, PA every June. I have met and talked with many of them. I always wished Dick Winters would have showed up, as Reading is not that far from his home in Hershey. I would have just loved to shake his hand. He was a natural born leader. I hope his memoir becomes required reading for future infantry officers, so his legacy will live on. RIP Major Winters!

    Greg C.
     
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    Thanks Belasar, I could not for the life of me remember that!
     
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    Your welcome. (for the salute as well)
     
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    A good man that I could hope to be like.
     
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    Rest in Peace Major. :salute: It would have been cool if you had been awarded one of these: :moh:
     
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    He seemed an Extraordinary, ordinary man, of which we have far too few.
     
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    You know what sticks in my mind about him? Ambrose describing his gentle nature.

    There was an injured bird on his pond on Pennsylvania. Ambrose told him he'd better put it out of his misery before the foxes got it. Winters replied that he couldn't do that.

    It's goofy to do so, but I always think about that passage when I watch Band of Brothers.
     
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    epic man, epic film, I'll watch BoB series in your honor. my hat goes off to you.

    RIP Mj Winters
     
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    Updated story from the Patriot-News:

    "His life story was writ large, a hero ready-made for Hollywood who helped save the nation during its darkest hour.

    "But that, Dick Winters’ friends said, was Hollywood.

    "In real life, Winters, whose leadership in Easy Company, 506th regiment of the 101st Airborne Division was commemorated in the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers,” based on the Stephen Ambrose book, shied from the spotlight.

    "And when Winters died Jan. 2 at an assisted-living facility in Campbelltown, his final wish — a totally private funeral — befit a man who lived through extraordinary circumstances but never considered himself anything more than a man doing his duty, his longtime friend William S. Jackson said Sunday night."

    Dick Winters, who inspired 'Band of Brothers,' remembered as an American hero | PennLive.com
     
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    Oh, sorry. I didn't know it had already been posted.
     

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