HONORING THE PASSING OF MAJOR DICK WINTERS, HERO OF “BAND OF BROTHERS”

“You are loved and will never be forgotten by any soldier that ever served under you,” one of his men wrote to Mr. Winters in 1945. “I would follow you into hell.”

This article highlights the story of one of the many self-effacing heroes of World War II and his company of men, The Easy Company, 506th regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. Their stories were first told in the book “Band of Brothers” by Stephen Ambrose, and then so effectively in the HBO emmy award-winning miniseries, “Band of Brothers,” produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. Before the fame that the book and television series brought him, Mr. Winters lived a quiet life on a farm. Certainly he didn’t describe himself as a hero, (his men would disagree) but Winters often quoted his friend, Mike Ranney: “…I served in a company of heroes.”

With the great success of the book in 1992, many demands were made on Mr. Winters to speak. He met the obligations graciously. My husband Max, like Dick Winters, is especially interested in carrying the message of World War II to the youth. Like Winters, Max especially likes speaking at schools, such as IHS, NV as shared in newspaper writeup, and further takes time to talk to the young people who come to meet him at book signings. Max was only 17-21 when he worked for Winston Churchill, and he feels a kinship with the students as they do with him.

Like Winters, a book based on Max’s war years, “Churchill’s Secret Agent” has been released, and many readers are suggesting the book is perfect for a film or television series. Time will tell, dear readers, time will tell. We love receiving your letters. I’ve only put a few up on Book/Praise, but we treasure each and every one. Sorry it is taking so long to answer. Demands after publishing date have taken a lot of our time. But back to the subject.

Major Dick Winters died two months ago, and we just wanted to take the time to honor him as many have before us. His story and the story of Easy Company will never be forgotten thanks to the book and the miniseries. Blessings to all involved.

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