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Major Richard Winters of the 101st Airborne

Discussion in 'WWII Obituaries' started by VictoryatNC, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. VictoryatNC

    VictoryatNC Member

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    I just noticed this and thought we should wish MAJ Winters a happy belated bithday.
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    Major Richard Winters of the 101st Airborne, 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment, Easy Company turned 92 on January 21st.

    Major Winters was one of the original members of Easy Company from it's inception at Camp Curahee in Georgia; he survived the Normandy Invasion; Operation Market Garden, the attempt to end WWII early by invading Holland; and The Battle of the Bulge.

    During The Battle of the Bulge he and his regiment were completely surrounded and endured almost constant shelling by German artillery in sub zero temperatures without adequate cold weather gear.

    Major Winters has 3 combat jump stars on his jump wings and some say he should have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his assault on Brecourt Manor where enemy artillery was firing on the allies landing on Normandy beaches. This assault is still used as an example of a textbook assault on a fixed position at West Point.

    Curahee Major Winters!
     
  2. C.Evans

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    Geezus, DONT scare me like this. I was looking with great sadness, at seeing that it was announced that he had passed away.

    (Breathing easier now)
     
  3. VictoryatNC

    VictoryatNC Member

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    Sorry about that, I sure didn't mean to scare anyone.
     
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  4. colletorww2

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    Wow, I was also starting to wonder if he was passed away because of this post.
     
  5. Fgrun83

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    scared me too! but a very happy birthday to him
     
  6. luketdrifter

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    Happy Birthday to Maj. Winters. I had bad bad thoughts when I saw this thread...
     
  7. SgtRock

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    You have my deepest sympathies in your loss of --- what? really?---um,---"Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Haaaaapy Birthday dear Maj. Winters, Happy Birthday to you."
     
  8. C.Evans

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    Hi Victory/ all sin is forgiven and I too would like to wish the Major a Happy Birthday. ;-))
     
  9. C.Evans

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    Sorry for the double post. Someone please delete this one.
     
  10. Clementine

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    I haven't been on in a while, so I don't know if this is posted elsewhere, but I saw that Mrs. Winters passed away last week. I want to say that she must have been a hell of a woman to have been married to Richard Winters for 63 years, but I feel like that is kind of short changing her because I have a feeling he would have said he was the lucky one. Sounds like she was, indeed, an amazing woman in her own right. Some couples just show you how it should be and I think this is one of them.

    God Bless her and Major Winters.


    Ethel Winters was 'strong, resilient' partner to Maj. Dick Winters of 'Band of Brothers' | PennLive.com
     
  11. Alsa.se

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    Hello,

    Thank you for this information. Rest in peace, Ms. Winters.

    I take this thread to post the photo of Major Winters which is in the museum of Utah Beach in Normandy. A small exhibition is devoted to the easy company. The original uniform from Major Winters is displayed in the museum's "Dead Man's Corner" which is located between Sainte Marie du Mont and Carentan.
    A monument in honor of the Easy company was set up near the Manoir de Brécourt (between Utah Beach and Sainte Marie du Mont) where the "easy" had neutralized a German gun battery.

    regards,
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    Eric
     

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  12. rkline56

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    Rest in eternal grace, Mrs. Winters!!

    Nice pictures. It looks like The Band of Brothers scene, the battery neutralization, was filmed on location at Manoir de Brécourt. Guess I'll imdb that. I remember Popeye taking one in the seat during that operation.

    Filming location information from IMDB:

    Ashdown Forest, East Sussex, England, UK
    Giessbach Hotel, Brienz, Kanton Bern, Switzerland
    Goldings, Hertfordshire, England, UK
    Hambleden, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
    Hertfordshire, England, UK

    Hanks sure got it close to the real Manoir.
     
  13. TD-Tommy776

    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    Be at peace, Mrs. Winters. :violet:

    Very well said, Clementine.
     

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