Dick Winters of Easy Co., 506th Reg., 101st Airborne has passed away.
Most of those of us who know of him do so through HBO’s magnificent mini-series “Band of Brothers”, the single best docu-drama that it has ever been my pleasure to watch, bar none.
Obviously I was watching an actor (as well as the interviews with him included on the DVDs), but considering the fantastic level of cooperation between the film-makers, crew and actors and the vets they were portraying, I have a feeling that the HBO version of Dick Winters was pretty spot on. As in “the men who served under Winters would’ve ripped the heads off of Hanks et al if they’d misrepresented a man that they clearly both respected and loved.
“In combat, he wrote 50 years after the war, “your reward for a good job done is that you get the next tough mission.”
Not this time, sir. This time your reward lies in heaven. No more missions for you, you’ve served your time in hell.
A grateful nation salutes you and prays that we may always have men like you in our hour of need.