Major Richard "Dick" Winters, the leader of Easy Company of the 101st Airborne, died on January 2nd from complications of Parkinsons Disease. He requested that news of his death not be released until after his funeral.
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Major Winter's actions and leadership in the liberations of France, Holland, Belgium, and Germany were nothing short of heroic. He was a true man of honor and kindness and, on a personal note, one of my heroes.
Winters was portrayed by Damien Lewis in the Spielberg/Hanks production of Band of Brothers.
Condolences to his family and to the remaining members of Easy Company.