Department of Veterans Affairs. Winters was born in rural New Holland, Pa. Richard graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in with a bachelor degree in economics.
On Aug. He said he had done this as an attempt to avoid completing a full three-year tour if he had been drafted. Nonetheless, he reported for basic training at Camp Croft, S. Once he completed his time at OCS he was assigned to the st Airborne Division commissioned as a second lieutenant.
The regiment was considered experimental at the time as they were part of the first soldiers to be given airborne training. While still in paratrooper training, Richard would receive another promotion, this time to the rank of first lieutenant and assigned the role of executive officer of 1 st Platoon. Richard, along with the rest of the st Airborne Division, was deployed to England in September to begin preparing for the invasion of Normandy. Eventually, this training was put into action and in the early hours of June 6, , Easy Company was deployed alongside the 82 nd and the rest of the st Airborne Divisions to commence Operation Overlord and the D-Day invasion.
In the following days, he destroyed a full battery of German howitzers and the platoon that commanded them, as well as acquired key information detailing German defenses at Utah Beach. Richard achieved these feats with only 13 of his men used in the action dubbed, the Brecourt Manor Assault. Richard was recommended for the Medal of Honor and received the Distinguished Service Cross and a promotion to the rank of captain for his actions. On March 8, , Richard was promoted to the rank of major. After World War II, he stayed in Europe as part of the occupation and demobilization effort even though he had the option of returning home.
Richard was later offered a regular commission, as opposed to his reserve commission, but declined and was discharged Jan. He then moved to Hershey, Pa. Winters Inc. After retirement, he would speak with historian Stephen Ambrose who would turn his stories into a book named Band of Brothers in Richard would go on to publish his memoirs and give public speeches. Richard passed on Jan.
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Band of Brothers gave a real world experience of the military platoon interpersonal relationships, stresses, interdependence, gut checks and sense of fatalism. Spielberg created a film masterpiece.