Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Hero Goes Home

Richard Winters, the now famous commanding officer of Easy Company of Band of Brothers fame, passed away last week.  Winters was a beloved commander and excellent example to generations of infantry officers.

There was an effort among friends and fans to get Winter's medal, earned in Normandy for coordinating an attack on a German artillery position, upgraded to a Medal of Honor.  To my knowledge that hasn't happened yet and, admittedly, is unlikely at this point, no matter how well deserved.

Winters was one of the principle subjects of Stephen Ambrose's book Band of Brothers and of the television mini-series of the same name, as well as several other books on the topic.

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