RIP – Major Dick Winters

Major Dick Winters, died this weekend, at the age of 92.  Mr. Winters was the leader of Easy Company, part of the 2nd Battalion in the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment101st Airborne.

In an article at National Review, author Andrew Langer notes that the motto of Easy Company was Currahee, Cherokee for “We Stand Together.”  His thoughts:

“We stand alone, each and every one of us. We are all individuals, each with our own separate lives, our own rights, our own strengths and weaknesses. But we do so together. We are each dependent upon one another in a careful ballet, a balancing act in which we have to recognize that the struggle for freedom, while ultimately one for individual rights, is one in which we all engage together.”

The HBO series, Band of Brothers, is the chronicle of Easy Company in World War II, and Mr. Winters was it’s leader from D-Day to the surrender of Germany. One of my favorite series on World War II, and a gift from my children, is a must watch.  His family should be very proud.

His reminiscences in the series of the men in his command, dead and alive, are heartfelt and sincere.

Requiescat in Pace

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