"Band of Brothers" leader Richard Winters dies

PHILADELPHIA Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:53pm EST

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PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Richard Winters, leader of a U.S. Army infantry company made famous by HBO cable TV's World War Two series "Band of Brothers," has died at the age of 92, colleagues and media executives said on Monday.

Winters, who lived in Hershey, Pennsylvania, died on January 2 after a battle with Parkinson's Disease, said Quentin Schaffer, a spokesman for HBO.

Winters led Easy Company, part of the Army's 101st Airborne Division, which landed at Omaha Beach in northern France during the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944.

The series, produced by Stephen Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks, was first aired in 2001, and focused on Winters, played by Damien Lewis, and Easy Company.

Richard Plepler, co-president of HBO, said that during the making of the series, Winters showed both dignity and humility, qualities that had allowed him to shine as a leader during the massive amphibious assault that helped to end World War Two.

"He said he was not the hero, but he served in a company of heroes," Plepler said.

Winters was initially concerned about a plan to show the world premiere of the series to 46 surviving members of Easy Company at Utah Beach on June 6, 2001, but finally agreed to it, Plepler said.

"He was a little bit chary about the possible emotional impact of bringing everybody back to the scene," Plepler said. "I don't think anyone stopped crying for a couple of days."

The HBO series was based on a book of the same name by the late historian Stephen Ambrose.

(Reporting by Jon Hurdle, editing by Greg McCune and Eric Beech)

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3SelectSibs wrote:
Mr. Winters, as I’m sure he liked to called in retirement, was quite the man and patriot. Wish a million more like him would be born tomorrow. Band of Brothers, the book and the video series has been an inspirattion to both my son and I. Just about every year we watch it together over a stretch of days as we have the time. It’s one of those many things that give us common ground and keeps us connected. My condolences to family and friends. Thanks you Maj. Winters for all you did.

Jan 10, 2011 3:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
LojtnantMic wrote:
Rest in peace…

SAD that ‘REUTERS’ don’t even know who Richard Winters was …

He was leader of Easy Company — paratroopers who jumped into combat on June 6, 1944 above Normandy, France. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Br%C3%A9court_Manor_Assault
He was’t landing on Omaha beach ….

Jan 11, 2011 4:48am EST  --  Report as abuse
Element3 wrote:
Our condolences to Major Winter’s family and all the Five-O-Sink.
And to one of the original Currahees; may you never stand alone in heaven.

Jan 11, 2011 11:21am EST  --  Report as abuse
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