Monday, January 10, 2011

Thanks Major Winters, for my very life.

Dick Winters, a decorated Army officer whose World War II service was recounted in the best-selling book and HBO mini-series "Band of Brothers," died Jan. 2. News reports listed his age at 92.

Based on the 1992 book by historian Stephen E. Ambrose, the HBO mini-series came out in 2001 and was produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

The story follows the tragedies and triumphs of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, E Company.

To Mr. Winters, these citizen-soldiers came to be known as the men of Easy Company -- paratroopers who jumped into combat on June 6, 1944 above Normandy, France.

According to Ambrose's account, Easy Company suffered 150 percent casualties throughout the war.

One of the soldiers who served in Easy Company, David Webster, once wrote that among his colleagues the Purple Heart "was not a decoration but a badge of office."


S.E. FingerPoot said...

Does anybody else know who S.E Cupp is?

Is she a total fox or wut?

Spider said...

You're right Brother Poots, she is kinda hot. And, a solid conservative!

Band of Brothers was the best mini-series i've seen, because it was both factual and very well done. It's hard to understand how a small group of men (Easy company) could have endured so much, but i'm sure they could make hundreds of mini-series about our warriors who served in WWII.

I've watched Band of Brothers a few times now and always enjoy it. It brings back memories of stories my dad told me about his fellow Marines and their service in the steamy jungles of the Pacific.

Spider said...

P.S. I was not aware that Maj. Winters had passed away. If he was anything like he was portrayed in the mini-series, (and i believe he was all that and more) this was one hell-of-a-man! We owe him, and the others, more than we could ever repay.

Schteveo said...

"...but i'm sure they could make hundreds of mini-series about our warriors..."

(let me add) ...from ANY of our war(s).

If you thought the series was good, read the book. The series is great, I've watched it numerous times. But, even though the series is often word for word the book, the book is just better.

Guys like Winters were not a dime a dozen, but there must have been TENS of thousands of him / them to have done the things we've done. I've never been able to find out why Ambrose chose them, except for their getting to Hitler's Eagles Nest first.

Other than that, the companies around them had the same story, just a 1/2 mile left or right of them most of the time.

alan said...

No doubt about it, the "greatest generation" was a God send when we needed them most.

I am inclined to believe that we have superior soldiers/sailors/airmen today as well, and a few not so much. when the time comes that we need them, They will be there and those of us on the side lines can hope to be appreciative recipients of their valor.