Richard "Dick" Winters
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Richard "Dick" Winters, the Easy Company commander whose World War II exploits were made famous by the book and television miniseries "Band of Brothers," died last week in central Pennsylvania. He was 92.

Winters died following a several-year battle with Parkinson's Disease, longtime family friend William Jackson said Monday.

An intensely private and humble man, Winters had asked that news of his death be withheld until after his funeral, Jackson said. Winters lived in Hershey, Pa., but died in suburban Palmyra.

The men Winters led expressed their admiration for their company commander after learning of his death.

William Guarnere, 88, said what he remembers about Winters was "great leadership."

"When he said 'Let's go,' he was right in the front," Guarnere, who was called "Wild Bill" by his comrades, said Sunday night from his South Philadelphia home. "He was never in the back. A leader personified."

An other member of the unit living in Philadelphia, Edward Heffron, 87, said thinking about Winters brought a tear to his eye.

"He was one hell of a guy, one of the greatest soldiers I was ever under," said Heffron, who had the nickname "Babe" in the company. "He was a wonderful officer, a wonderful leader. He had what you needed, guts and brains. He took care of his men, that's very important."

Winters was born Jan. 21, 1918 and studied economics at Franklin & Marshall College before enlisting, according to a biography on the Penn State website.

Winters became the leader of Company E, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division on D-Day, after the death of the company commander during the invasion of Normandy.

During that invasion, Winters led 13 of his men in destroying an enemy battery and obtained a detailed map of German defenses along Utah Beach. In September 1944, he led 20 men in a successful attack on a German force of 200 soldiers. Occupying the Bastogne area of Belgium at the time of the Battle of the Bulge, he and his men held their place until the Third Army broke through enemy lines, and Winters shortly afterward was promoted to major.

After returning home, Winters married his wife, Ethel, in May 1948, and trained infantry and Army Ranger units at Fort Dix during the Korean War. He started a company selling livestock feed to farmers, and he and his family eventually settled in a farmhouse in Hershey, Pa., where he retired.

Historian Stephen Ambrose interviewed Winters for the 1992 book "Band of Brothers," upon which the HBO miniseries that started airing in September 2001 was based. Winters himself published a memoir in 2006 entitled "Beyond Band of Brothers."

Two years ago, an exhibit devoted to Winters was dedicated at the Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society. Winters, in frail health in later years, has also been the subject of a campaign to raise money to erect a monument in his honor near the beaches of Normandy.

Winters talked about his view of leadership for an August 2004 article in American History Magazine:

"If you can," he wrote, "find that peace within yourself, that peace and quiet and confidence that you can pass on to others, so that they know that you are honest and you are fair and will help them, no matter what, when the chips are down."

When people asked whether he was a hero, he echoed the words of his World War II buddy, Mike Ranney: "No, but I served in a company of heroes."

"He was a good man, a very good man," Guarnere said. "I would follow him to hell and back. So would the men from E Company."

Arrangements for a public memorial service are pending.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press
Published by Boston Globe on Jan. 10, 2011.
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Major Winters answered when his country called, without any apparent hesitation. It is Americans like him that make our country the greatest in the world. Thank you for your service and sacrifice sir. May you Rest In Peace in the presence of our Lord and Savior and may God bless the United States of America.
Bobby D. Price
October 15, 2021
While I never had the pleasure of meeting him, Band of Brothers & Beyond Band of Brothers (Winters' own book) gave a good amount of insight as to his contributions and his war time accounts. Thank you and to your fellow men of the 101st Airborne for your sacrifice and service
Tim Mannila
June 29, 2021
Thank you
June 27, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.Thank you for all you did to keep us free.
kenneth freeman
June 16, 2021
Although i only know him through the series band of brothers he muast have been a great man. I served 9 years in the military through the gulf wars and iraq wars. I know what it is like to become unusually close to strangers through serving. It is a strange thing how close you do become. Every time i watch the series "which is a lot " i find myself tearing up with them and how emotional they get so many years later. God bless you and your family.
Timothy Roach
February 20, 2021
No greater man to serve under or with. Wish I could have been one of them. RIP Sir.
Robert Wall
January 24, 2021
You were a great and respected man.Thank you for my freedom.
Jerry Lee O'Nan
January 5, 2021
He was my AIRBORNE BROTHER. A true hero indeed and I don't use that word many times. REST IN PEACE ny brother
mark Franklin
November 25, 2020
I don't know what to say except that truly great men don't usually see themselves as such. From what little I've learned about Richard Winters he belongs in this class of men. If not for men like these where would me be? Jeff Epsaro, Eau Claire WI
November 19, 2020
Bob Wilkerson
April 21, 2020
Dear Winters family. I dont know you and never met Major Winters but I wanted to Express my thanks for his service and sacrifices during WWII. He was a true patriot and honorable man and I and my family are so grateful for.his all he and the 506th PIR of the 101st Airborne did. God bless you. Paul Zarvis Albany New York
March 23, 2020
He is a true hero to all of us and especially to the men who served under him that he led in battle and the ones that were able to return home to their families and go on with their lives with the knowledge that they served with heroes like Dick Winters. Keep his memory alive with generations that he was able to help by leading his men so that they were able to return home and raise families so that they could go forward with their lives and raise generations because of a true HERO life Major Dick Winters. He deserved the Medal of Honor.
joel garyn
February 8, 2020
In Remembrance...
December 26, 2019
America should never forget the Bravery, courage, and actions, of The Brave Men of the 506th Easy Company 101st Airborne division during World War II under the leadership of Major Richard "Dick" Winters.
Steven Wolfe
December 25, 2019
You was a Great hero. Thank you for your service. I love the band of bothers mini series. I am an army brat I respect all those who defended our freedom.
Isaiah Gaskin
October 21, 2019
My Grandfather Charles flew one of the planes you jumped from on D-Day and he never met you after but he saw how much of an inspiration you were to everyone. He passed away before I was born but my mother and aunts and uncles told me about how much you inspired him to be humble yet firm in his actions both during his military career and his life after the war.
Ten-Hut! Theres an OFFICER on deck!!! CURRAHEE MAJOR
Brian McFadden
September 16, 2019
Words cannot express the dedication and sacrifice you gave to the call for freedom. There are generational lives that you and so many other soldiers have saved. Heaven must have a very special place for you. Thank you Major Winters for my freedom.
Robert Eckert
September 3, 2019
A true hero. R.I.P
Goran Arlefalk
September 3, 2019
Just the fact that, its over eight years after Major Winter's passing, and people are still writing condolences says much about this inspiring leader.

I was totally in awe of the portrayal of Major Winters in Band of Brothers. His leadership was far above any officer I had seen depicted in Hollywood.

He put his men before himself in matters of comfort. He put himself before his men in battle and in difficult situations. He was a TRUE leader.

I was recently headed to Hershey park on vacation back to my home state of PA. I passed the bridge dedicated to Major Winters and was unable to take a picture.

That is how I ended up here. Being a fellow Pennsylvanian his courage and leadership has inspired me for many years to always lead with compassion.

To his family I say thank you for allowing him to serve our nation. I hope one day, when my own life settles down, to read his book.

GOD Bless.
J. D. Wright
August 14, 2019
I grew up not far from you - but never knew.
Sending warm condolences to your family for their continued comfort.
From a retired Marine to the memory of E. Co heroes - God Bless you All. My family watches Band of Brothers twice a year- memorial weekend and veterans day weekend. We will continue this tradition to celebrate the memory of you and yours.
Teresa O'Donnell
July 6, 2019
You are a true hero sir and the world thanks you for your service !! The fight for freedom continues but your honor will never be forgotten !!
June 22, 2019
Tony Hamby
June 13, 2019
Tony Hamby
June 13, 2019
The world was a better place because of you. Your sacrifice will always be remembered and appreciated. Go with God
Ronde' Hunt
June 7, 2019
You are a HERO Sir.
Greg Shade
June 6, 2019
Thank you sir
Joe McKenna
June 6, 2019
Thinking of you Mr. Winters and All you have done for The Alter of Freedom, It's been 75 Years today of the Anniversary of D-Day and wanted to take a moment and say that your memory lives on through all whom knew you and loved you, and even with some who never had the honor to know a man like you Sir. Thank you for all you have given. Rest in Peace Sir. For You Are a Band of Brothers.
Shawn Gardner
June 6, 2019
Thank you for protecting my Freedom even before I was born.
Frank Bankard
June 1, 2019
I've been in awe of WWII vets my entire life. Dad was one. But when I read Band of Brother's I was blown away by the men of Easy company and, in particular Dick Winters. I have watched Band of Brother 2 dozen times and I always tear up. What this man did for our country and indeed the world is beyond comprehension. Evidence of this is that here we are, some 8 yrs beyond his passing, and people are still posting here. A more fitting tribute I could not imagine. I salute you Dick WInters.
Steven Culver
April 4, 2019
I salute you Dick Winters, and I was brought to tears marveling at your account of yourself and the testimony of your comrades as to your character and your outstanding leadership, may God bless you always in Heaven. Amen
Brian Higgs
February 11, 2019
A true hero!
Evabn Andriopoulos
January 29, 2019
Thank you Major Winters for all you have done for our Country. You will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace.
Michael Scanlan
January 26, 2019
It is great sorrow to hear about the loss of one of the finest soldier, tactician and human-being to have ever lived. Thank you so very much for your service and bravery.
Juspreet Singh Sandhu
May 29, 2018
You were a good man and a great combat leader. Bless you and may you have eternal peace. RIP Sir.
Charles Parker
April 19, 2018
Yes and Amen to Brother Blalock's Nov 22nd entry. We are inspired and so thankful, this Thanksgiving and always, for these men who like Dick Winters answered a call to duty... and gave their utmost. Our nation's youngest generation, volunteer men and women, continue that tradition in smaller yet just as horrific wars. May God sustain such courage!
Dean Schilling
November 23, 2017
Am an African American veteran and I have watched The Band of brother at least 4times and every time I watch it I thank God that we had men that forge the way for us all. God bless those men for making our liberties a dream come true.
Michael Blalock
November 22, 2017
We thank God for men such as Major Winters, who gave his best to defend and protect the United States Of America. Job well done good and faithful service man. From the son of a WW11 Navy veteran who served on the USS Baltimore as a gunnery's mate.
Norman Stanley Hill
November 11, 2017
God Bless
Thank You for your service
D. Henke
September 30, 2017
Rip richard
David Dennison
June 30, 2017
My Uncle Stanley Leck was a 101st Airborn paratrooper, 504 Regiment,died Sept 24, 1944, Holland, Operation Market Garden.
My father, Army Air Corp Sgt. John P. Leck Sr. was at Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. Saw action in the South Pacific. Came home when the war was over.
Uncle Michael Leck, Sgt Major Marine Corps, wounded in Korea, served in Vietnam, Da Nang during the 60's. They were the best.
What Price Victory.
Thank you Richard Winters for your part.
John Leck Jr.
April 17, 2017
I would have given much for the privilege of knowing better, this fine man and leader. I hope we, as a species, never forget this person and those like him. We should all aspire to be more like him.
Frank Allen
March 11, 2017
Never to be forgotten
Alan Farquharson
February 10, 2017
What a leader.... he is the poster child for the Greatest Generation. I have watched Band of Brothers several times all with a tear in my eye at the end where he very humbly states that he is not a hero, but he served in a company of hero's. I forced my children to watch (in the beginning) and now they too have watched several times. A great lesson in leadership, honor and duty reside within this mans character. His family and community should be very proud of him... I know I am.
Allen Gordon
February 9, 2017
I am just now learning of Mr. Winters, by watching Band of Brothers. I think his heart and courage is/was remarkable. What he did for our country and the men who fought for it. I am sad to hear he passed and hope he was able to reunite with out lost heros in heaven. GOD bless his family. Fellow American -Tanya Vicarini
Tanya Vicarini
February 7, 2017
Valenda Newell
July 22, 2016
From a 101st airborne soldier of Vietnam. Rest in peace sir. I hope to see you in heaven when I get there. May you be wrapped in an angles wings.

May 19, 2016
I really appreciate the leadership skills Major Dick Winters displayed while leading his men across Europe in World War II. He was right saying they had a story to tell. Easy Company's success was tthe most inspiring and awesome story I've ever read about, and easily the best war story I've seen on video. I too wish I could have met Dick Winters. And he was a good family man who worked hard and succeeded after the war.
MSgt Mike Hayward, USAF (Ret)
March 24, 2016
Major were a true man among men.. I only hope I can be half the man that you and my father were... America will miss you forever and will respect all the work you did for all of us... thank you sir and may you rest in piece.
Daniel Griffin
January 5, 2016
Major Richard Winters was a true Patriot & an American hero. After the BAND OF BROTHERS series, reading everything I could about Major Winters, the 506th, and the men that served under him. I watched interviews and bought dvd's, where Major Winters talked about his experiences during WWII and his men. My 'dream' was to meet Major Winters & some of his men on the Band of Brothers tour from Curahee to Hitler's mountaintop home. What a wonderful experience that would have been!!!
The respect & admiration that I experienced for Major Winters and his men is pride, respect, and appreciation for their service. Thousands gave their lives to fight against Nazism & tyranny and many were from the 506th...true hero's!!!!
Thank you for your service Major Winters & the men of the 506th...
Nancy Moore
December 11, 2015
I just finished watching Band Of Brothers with my whole family. Seeing the sacrifices and everything they went through made me realize life isn't as bad as I though and that I need to live it to the fullest. Seeing the unbelievable bond that these men shared is incredible and I will forever be grateful for Easy Company! When they all pass they go and join each other in Heaven watching over us all, and hanging out with each other. May he rest in peace as well as the others. You were a great leader and an awesome person though I never knew you personally. Thank You for your service Major Richard Winters. LONG LIVE EASY COMPANY!!!!
Blaike Sugar
December 8, 2015
"Your story changed my life. I try to be a better person, despite mistakes I have made in the past. Thanks to you and your men. You were an inspiration and still are.
Robert Kotkanvuori
July 24, 2015
This was a tremendously inspiring and dedicated person who is no doubt a loss to us all. In fact we can be thankful that we have been enriched and in an equal degree protected by the many astounding and important national and even global defense measures over the years that this person has participated. May the family have peace we cherish the special memories. God's word says He will render judgment among the nations and set matters straight respecting many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning shears. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, nor will they learn war anymore. May we all rejoice in this good news of everlasting peace. (Isaiah 2: 4) Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss.
May 21, 2015
Major Winters was one of the great soldiers that served with the airborne forces during WW II. The generations that follow may never totally understand the sacrifices and hardships endured by our soldiers especially during the Battle of the Bulge. My Dad was in the Ardennes Forest at the same time with an engineer bridging unit. He spoke very little about what he went through until near the end of his life. For all those heroes of the Greatest Generation that ended the threat of Nazism in Europe and defeated the Japanese in the Pacific, "Stay Calm.... Carry On Good and Faithful soldier." Jesus wrap your loving arms around our fallen comrades.

Gary Stebbins
Lieutenant Colonel, Field Artillery
U.S Army, Retired (service years 1973-2001)
Gary Stebbins
March 21, 2015
Your story is truely inspiring and you are a credit to everybody around you and im sure you was lovled by many. Rest in pease Mayjor
Mike Willis
January 15, 2015
Thank you sir.
seth sparrow
January 14, 2015
Thank you, Major Winters, for giving selflessly of yourself to rid the world of Nazism. You and the men with whom you served will not be forgotten.
G Forsythe
January 5, 2015
Rest Richard, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.
Harry Simpson
January 2, 2015
God bless you and the men of Easy Company may you find piece after all you have endured to keep the world safe. I salute you. Carry on.
Rush Stoicsitz
December 7, 2014
Thank you Major Winters.
With respect to a true American Hero
David Cutsforth
December 3, 2014
Maj. Winters, thank you for your sacrifice and protection. God be with you and your family.
James Potts
November 11, 2014
I saw the documentary of your action and service in that Germsn War, and I want to say that your wee indeed a hero. You will be miss. RIP. Love, Lawrence Shelton.
Lawrence Shelton
October 13, 2014
Serving with you would have been an honor. He applied Hebrews 6:10 to his life.
John Calvin
September 5, 2014
Major Winters..
Paid respects at your gravesite this weekend with my wife and children. Told them of a great American Soldier.
Thank you greatly for your service and great leadership. It is because of the many brave soldiers like yourself that we enjoy this freedom and can raise our children under the Flag you and others fought to protect. I thank god every day for great men and their sacrifices, you Sir were one of the best and you will be forever missed and respected.
May God be with you always.
Brian VanDenBroek
August 22, 2014
This was truly an amazing person with so much talent the loss is clearly ours. Prayers fill our hearts while singing praises to God asking him to let us never forget the love we have for this wonderful person gone from our lives never forgetting the joy we shared experiencing a great talent. Hebrews 6:10.
July 10, 2014
Wanted to meet you and wish I had. You and all of those that served can never be thanked enough. Thank you! May God bless you and you family.
Jeff Howard
July 3, 2014
I thank The Lord for the witness of a life well lived pro Deo et Patria.
CH (LTC) Michael Milton
June 21, 2014
Thank You, men like you are rare, our country is forever in your debt.
God Bless.
vance marsett
June 6, 2014
America has lost another one of its true heros as well as a gereat leader and gentleman. Reading and knowing of Dick Winters, as well as watching his story, "Band of Brothers" as many times as I can,I honestly can say that I, Like "Wild Bill" Guarnere, would follow him to hell and back!

My dad was in the Pacific theater during WWII, also fighting for our country. Together, we used to watch Victory at Sea on TV, and he would tell me all about the "heros" he fought alongside. He would have also been honored to "follow" Dick Winters.

God bless Dick Winters and bless his family
John Mascaro
May 17, 2014
Dear Mister Winters I could only thank you and the rest of the men of 506 easy company for giving me my freedom to live a very enjoyable life. I stand and Salute you and to those who never came home more men should take a lesson on how to be real men you are with the rest of easy company again. I to would follow you into hell because you cared about everybody under your command
Patrick Brickle
May 1, 2014
Having just read Major Winters book I feel I must put a comment here. Mr Winters was a very humble man and always credited other people while demeaning the part he played in the actions he took part in. In my opinion this man was a true hero amongst other hero's and without him and them we would not have the freedom we have got now. My only wish is that I could have met him and thank him personally for my freedom.
Peter Wood
April 27, 2014
This man was a true inspiration to all of mankind.. and he still is. He and his fellow brothers are the definitions of commitment, integrity and selflessness. May you rest in peace Mr. Winters. People around the world will always remember your outstanding character and sacrifice, along with the rest of Easy. Hang Tough.
Jerry Linkenhoker
April 20, 2014
You are missed. We sure could use some more men of your honor and integrity. I am grateful for your service to mankind. My warmest regards to your family.
Keath McKinney
April 1, 2014
A national treasure, MAJ Winters' leadership was the inspiration for me to author a video case study guide to accompany HBO's "Band of Brothers" for teaching leadership in college classrooms. Leading from the front is a key feature of his leadership principles from "Leadership at the point of the bayonet." His legacy endures because young people embrace his principles for leadership success. MAJ Steven Krause
Steven Krause
March 8, 2014
He was a realy good man
January 27, 2014

January 20, 2014
January 20, 2014
You are my hero. I can only aspire to oneday be half the officer and man that you were.
-OCS Candidate Trendell
Chris Trendell
January 6, 2014
Rest in Peace Major Winters. May you never be forgotten.
Doug Hancock
November 21, 2013
I wished I could have met Dick Winters, he is one of my heros, I served 28 yrs in the Military, you were my inspriration and would have been blessed to serve with you, God Bless, Dick Winters a true leader, a soldier,
Chris Hodd
October 23, 2013
He was such amazing man and one of many that helped saved the world.. I have so much respect for him. It would have been such an honor to have meet Major Winters.. He is an inspiration on my life. America needs to have more men like Major Winters. And ALL OF THE GUYS OF EASY COMPANY.. CURRAHEE!!!!
Joni Chasteen
September 12, 2013
Easy Company was an inspiring story of the "greatest generation." My dad served USMC in the Pacific and was alsoone of the great ones, too. The intensity, horrific conditions and above and beyond courage of our American boys and men is stunning
Band of Brothers, The Pacific, and movies such as Saving Private Ryan have served as a catalyst for me, at 65, to become an avid WW II follower and immensely appreciative American.
High school curriculum should embrace the sources today so that the youth of America can "see" the horror. of war and the loss of so many 18, 19, 20 year old Americans that never got to marry their girlfriend, fix up a hot rod, go to the drive-in. The loss of these "boys" who never enjoyed the life experiences of being a father and grandfather. One can only think of their true life "experiences."
I have always desired visiting Normandy, I could never do that for fear of my emotions.
God bless all those who sacrificed years of their lives and all of their life to save our great country.
Paul Chapman
August 15, 2013
A hero. I wish I had met you. God bless you. You and easy company will never be forgotten
July 28, 2013
Thoughts are of you, our quiet, humble hero. I cannot thank you enough for having the presence of heart to have graciously spoken with me when I searched you out. Please tell my brother and the other Eagles I love them. We could use some help here that the 506th would not be disbanded. Where you are, soldiers are not needed, and I know this. But please share your wisdom with us that we might do what is the highest good of all concerned. I shall be praying to the Almighty for the answers. Or that we ask the right questions. Love,
From one Eagle's sister,
Rev. India Elaine Garnett
July 4, 2013
I'm 49 years old/young and from Holland.
I have been to several memorials in Holland and never could thank a veteran.
I hereby thank Easy Company and all the other American soldiers who gave up there freedom and live to give freedom to my father and mother so I can live. God bless all of you!
Robert Pouw
June 3, 2013
Regretfully we cannot sponsor Dick Winters' Guest Book beyond June 3 this year, but our whole hearts are with Dick, his family and friends, living and passed on... The Best of the United States of America. With everlasting love, (Suzanne and) Dean
May 30, 2013
Reat In God's Care Jim Hennessey(87th Div.)Bayonne NJ
May 26, 2013
What an incredible Man that lead incredible men. Would have been an Honor to have met you
Robert Ralph
May 13, 2013
Thanks, Wish we had more like you
Kevin Haertel
May 8, 2013
Thankyou for your service to this country. I hope and pray you are in the Lords army right now with Shifty and the boys!!! It is men like you that inspire me to be abetted American!! You will be truly missed by all !!
Jeff Cantrell
May 7, 2013
How does one say thank you to Major Winters and those who made my life possible ... May God's light shine on you and your comrades.
May 5, 2013
For those who serve this great nation of ours, even with faults, this is still the greatest nation on the planet. Many pledge alligence to America, but only a few show it.
God bless our military, their families for the sacrifices they selflessly give.

Robert Gaspar, USMC (1982-85)
April 30, 2013
Thank you, Major Winters, for your service and sacrifice for this great nation. May God bless you, your lovely wife, and your children.
Kay Croom
April 29, 2013
It wasn't until I served in Iraq, at age 46, that I fully understood what a tremendous strain that war is on the soul. I am sure that Dick would be proud of the current generation of young soldiers who have carried on the legacy of selfless service. I have the utmost respect and admiration for the fortitude that Dick Winters and all the "Band of Brothers" demonstrated during WWII. They continue to serve as shining examples of what ordinary men can accomplish.
Lance Cross
April 24, 2013
a good leader---in the trenches so to speak with you---knows your name ===cares about you===they know you===watch you---you are the same all the time===constant---thank you Lord for Major Winters
April 11, 2013
Major Winters was an inspiration to several generations of American soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen.
Lt. Robert Cochran, USN
March 30, 2013
GOD BLESS you Major Winters I guess now you are sitting with all the heroes from ww2 to the present day never forgotten
glenn harris
March 2, 2013
Mr.Winters represents the best of the Greatest Generation that fought during the war. His passing is a loss to our country and his family. God Bless.
Dale Moore
March 2, 2013
Let us never forget the sacrifices made by America for freedom for all which continues to this day. Thank you Mr Winters for all that you did for your country and Europe. RIP
David Snow
February 2, 2013
January 28, 2013
Here is hoping that the young and future generations find and read your story and come to understand the true measure of commitment and sacrifice you and men like you endured for our country and the world. May we never forget.
January 27, 2013
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