Lewis did give a statement: "I was honoured to have played, no, represented Major Winters on the screen. He was unstinting in his support of the project and of me. He welcomed me to his house in Hershey, introduced me to his loving wife, Ethel, and constantly exhorted me to 'Hang Tough!' He has died quietly, in private, without fanfare, with the same modesty that he lived his life, as one of the most celebrated soldiers of his generation. I will miss him and I thank him. Currahee!" ~ Damien Lewis I saw this posted on the Richard Winters Leadership Project site. Since I first learned of this man he has become my personal hero. While I would never be able to live up to the standard he has set, he is the example of what I would like to be. For his courage and leadership, yes, but also for his personal integrity.