It didn’t receive much fanfare or note in the media because the other events that have been happening, and for that we lament for a fallen hero.  Dick Winters was an amazing man who defended this country, and trained brave new soldiers after WWII before going to work again in the private sector.  He was the inspiration for the TV show Band of Brothers with many of his fellow soldiers who also, like Dick ,  have passed on.  Seeing our greatest generation die like this is saddening as these men were true men of grit and fortitude, as opposed to what many men have become today.   Considering the Institute of Man is about helping men better themselves, Dick Winters was a man that we all should strive to be like.

“I’d go through hell with him, no question about it. We all had the same feeling about him, too, I’ll tell you,” said Clancy Lyall, who served as a private in Easy Company under Winters. “Everything we had to do, he was there right with us. He wouldn’t run, you know.”

Winters led from the front. Some of his soldiers were amazed he survived the war.

On D-Day, Winters led an attack on a German gun battery, destroying the weapons firing at the American troops on Normandy’s Utah Beach. He and his company liberated a Nazi concentration camp and later captured Hitler’s mountaintop retreat. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the second-highest award for valor.

Dick Winters WWII

Winters led an assault on D-Day called the Brécourt Manor Assault which is taught today as  an example of a textbook assault on a fixed position. The attack is still taught at the military academy at West Point and  is often cited as a classic example of small-unit tactics and leadership in overcoming a larger enemy force.

Winters, a resident of Hershey, Pennsylvania, died on January 2, 2011, in nearby Campbelltown, Pennsylvania. He had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for several years. Winters had requested a private, unannounced funeral service, which was held on January 8, 2011.

Winters is buried in Bergstrasse Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Ephrata. He is buried next to his parents in the Winters family plot. His grave is marked Richard D. Winters WW II 101st Airborne.

  • George Cabaniss

    I am saddened by the loss of this fine American. I am even more saddened by the fact that Washington was deaf to the cries of his many fellow soldiers of that great war who continuously asked for Winters to receive the Medal of Honor. What a shame.

  • Oscar Bosch

    Recently I’ve been worried about my future. Things are very difficult in my country. For three years I’ve been losing my savings and working hard for very little. I can’t see an end to this situation. At some point I lost hope of returning to live in peace, proud of my work. In the worst moment I have cursed my own life.
    I’ve seen Band of Brothers. I can’t curse my own life when men like Major Richard Winters offered his for the freedom of others. This man has given me strength to keep fighting despite all difficulties. It teaches me that I can still give more from myself.
    I’ve looked on the internet and have seen that he died more than a year ago. I’ve grieved. I think the world needs more men like him now. He inspired a generation after another, anywhere in the world. I’ll never be like him, but his example gives me strength to keep going and not give in to despair. God rest his side.