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Richard Davis Winters
Winters, pictured here in 1942.
Nickname "Dick"
Born (1918-01-21)January 21, 1918
New Holland, Pennsylvania, United States
Died January 2, 2011(2011-01-02) (aged 92)
Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of burial Bergstrasse Cemetery
Ephrata, Pennsylvania, United States
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1941–1946
1951–1952
Rank US-O4 insignia.svg Major
Commands held 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
Battles/wars
  • World War II
Awards
  • Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
  • Cp2j.jpg Parachutist Badge (2 combat jump stars)
  • Distinguished Service Cross ribbon.svg Distinguished Service Cross
  • Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star (2)
  • Purple Heart BAR.svg Purple Heart
  • United States Army and U.S. Air Force Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg Distinguished Unit Citation (2)
  • American Defense Service ribbon.svg American Defense Service Medal
  • European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon.svg European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (3 campaigns and arrowhead device)
  • World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War II Victory Medal
  • Army of Occupation ribbon.svg Army of Occupation Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg National Defense Service Medal
  • Croix de guerre 1939–1945 stripe bronsepalme.svg French Croix de Guerre with palm
  • French Liberation Medal ribbon.png French Liberation Medal
  • Oorlogskruis with Palm.jpg Belgian Croix de Guerre with palm
  • BEL Commemorative Medal of the War 1940-1945.png Belgian Commemorative Medal of the 1940–1945 War
Relations Richard (father)
Edith (mother)
Other work Businessman, guest lecturer

Richard Winters (21 January 1918 — 2 January 2011) was a US soldier who fought in World War II. His experience was made famous by a book and television series, Band of Brothers. Winters was a member of Company E, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. He led the company after the commanding officer was killed on D-Day in Normandy. Near the end of the war he led his company to capture Adolf Hitler's mountain retreat in Bavaria, Berchtesgaden. he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

After the war he worked in a plaster mill in New Jersey. In 1951 he bought a farm in Pennsylvania and established an animal feed business.

In 1990 Winters was interviewed by author Stephen Ambrose who was able to use the records that Winters and others in E Company had written for his book. The title Band of Brothers, comes from a line in William Shakespeare's play, Henry V.

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Winters in 2004

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