Easy Company leader Dick Winters dies

January 10, 2011

World War II veteran, Easy Company leader, and hero Major Richard “Dick” Winters of 101st Airborne Division, 506th Regiment (Easy Company) has passed away. He was 92 and was going to turn 93 on January 21st.


He commanded the Easy Company during World War II. The story of this company was told in the miniseries Band of Brothers, produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. Damian Lewis portrayed Major Dick Winters in the series.

Floyd Talbert, one of Major Winters' soldiers, had written to Mr Winters in 1945 :

"You are loved and will never be forgotten by any soldier that ever served under you. I would follow you into hell." 

One of the soldiers who served in Easy Company, David Webster, once wrote that among his colleagues the Purple Heart "was not a decoration but a badge of office". 

Dick Winters never considered himself as a hero but the men who served under him and people who only met him later in life call him a hero, no matter what he says.

Tom Hanks paid tribute in a statement saying, "no one who knew Dick Winters will ever forget him." The statement read :

When our days run their course and a man like Dick Winters leaves us, time and providence remind us that human beings can do giant things. Dick Winters volunteered to go to war, leading paratroopers into unknown, yet certain, dangers. He led by both command and example; his wartime philosophy was simple -- "Follow me.” When the world needed heroes, he served in a company of heroes. In a historic time, he was both a humble witness and an honorable warrior. In the decades since, he cherished the peace he had earned with humility and integrity.

James, January 10, 2011

I've never once posted on a website. Never had cause to, but on hearing the NEWS of Dick Winters passing I'd like to personally thank you for bringing us the story of Dick Winters and Easy Company. My father served in the US Army for 27 years and I don't think I truly understood what that meant until I saw Band of Brothers. These men are true American Heroes and I will pass their story on to my children and grandchildren. Their story will not be forgotten. Thanks Tom... you did good.

Bill Cahill, January 10, 2011

It should be no great secret what ails our country today. The comfortable times we live in just do not produce enough men like Mr. Winters. His combination of toughness, intelligence, dignity and humility were and are quite rare. We should never forget all that he and the Greatest Generation sacrificed in the name of freedom. Thanks to Mr. Hanks for continuing to tell their stories.

Frank M. Heine, January 12, 2011

One of the greatest men who ever lived and you made sure we never forget. Thank You

Cyndi vallejo, January 16, 2011

Thank you Mr. Winters. You are inspiration, freedom, leadership and greatness. God bless you and keep you...as I know He is. You were a true hero.

Maria, January 24, 2011

After watching Band of Brothers, my family visited twice Normandy and Bastogne, and since them, on D-Day my pupils in Spain watch the movie and learn what our world owes to them. How unique and superior some people are, as Mr. Winters was!

Caleb , June 16, 2011

Major Dick Winters someone so amazing that it's too hard to explain he's smart brave and very smart he and the rest of easy company were all true heroes

agus, September 09, 2011

salute to major RICHARD WINTERS

Dave UK, October 27, 2011

After watching the superb mini series Band of Brothers for the umpteenth time I realised just how long had passed since I first watched it. I started to look up what the surviving members had been doing and was shocked to see the passing of Major Winters. Thankfully he lived a long and wonderful life which he, and the rest of Easy Company had well deserved, and I thank them from all my heart for helping to clear the world of an evil empire-building lunatic. I recently spent a week in Normandy and it was a deeply moving experience visiting the cemetaries to see just how many wasted lives (on both sides) there were. If only 10% of the population today had Major Winters courage, honesty and pride then war would be a thing of the past. My heart fills with pride and joy that there were men like them around to stop the evil spreading and sadness that the world has lost another 'hero'. My thoughts are with his family. Major Winters and E Company will never be forgotten

Mick Dyer , June 06, 2013

Today is the 06/06 and I have just finished watching Band of Brothers with my 15 year old son. It's humbling to understand the efforts those men undertook, to make the world a safer and better place. It's with a feeling of sadness that I have read that last members of Easy company are now dying off. So many years have passed since their friends died in war, as young men, as the cream of the US Military might. Easy Company will be again together as one. Brave men...normal men doing extraordinary things, under the worst of conditions. God bless you all Easy Company, where ever you are tonight.