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Monday, January 10, 2011

Farewell Soldier

I saw an item today which noted the death, last week, of 92 year old Dick Winters of Hershey, Pennsyvania.  Winters, was noted for his leadership during WW II, as noted in Stephen Ambrose's book and later HBO mini-series, Band of Brothers.

During the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, Winters took decisive leadership of Easy Company after the company commander was killed during the invasion.  He decisively led an outnumberd Easy Company as they battled the Germans in Bastongne, Belguim during the Battle of the Bulge.

Winters, by all accounts, was a very modest man and he inspired devotion and confidence among the troops of Easy Company.  After WW II he returned home, married and started a business. 

Several years ago, Tom Brokaw wrote a book called The Greatest Generation.  Winters was a member of this group who battled Nazi facism and Japanese Imperialism and then returned to build America of the late 20th century.  With his passing and with the continued twilight of this group, they leave behind a legacy of selfless duty as a shining inspiration for all citizens.

Thank you Major Winters.

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