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Old 01-10-2011, 10:49 PM
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WWII hero dies at 92

Standing by the grave of Major Richard D. Winters on Sunday, gazing at the American flag fluttering in the icy January wind, this reporter felt a profound sense of loss.

Winters, the Lancaster County native who rose to worldwide fame as leader of the Band of Brothers during World War II, died Jan. 2 at Conestoga Cottage hospice center in Campbelltown, Lebanon County, where he had been a patient for three weeks.

He was just 19 days shy of his 93rd birthday.

Winters' death and burial last week were as private as his life has been of late, as his once robust health began to fail.

A public memorial will be held at a time and place to be announced.

Winters' passing was not unexpected, but the finality of it is still difficult to grasp, both for friends like me and for the men who served under him.

"You could not find a better man than Dick Winters," William "Wild Bill" Guarnere said Monday. "He was such a leader."

Guarnere, who lives in Philadelphia, mentioned the current effort to erect a statue in St. Marie du Mont in France, honoring American army officers. The statue will be a likeness of Winters.

"It's a statue to leadership," Guarnere said. "That speaks for itself. Everybody knows about him, not only us who served with him."

Clancy Lyall of Lexington, Md., also served under Winters and called his former commanding officer "a gentleman's warrior."

"He was an outstanding leader," Lyall said. "He was right there with you, anyplace, anytime, anywhere. I served many years in the military and never found an officer who could touch Dick's elbow."

Lyall recalled Winters and other veterans of Easy Company at a World War II event in Reading in 2002, where re-enactors portraying the 101st Airborne carried a reproduction of the 506th Parachute Infantry's regimental flag.

"We saw his eyes pop, and we said 'We gotta get him one of those,' " Lyall said.

Winters was presented with a replica of the flag at a birthday party in Hershey the following January, an event attended by this reporter. He proudly displayed the flag in his home office.
No there's a hero we can all agree on...

RIP Major Winters...Godspeed...
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We are losing so many of these great Americans. So sad.
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We are losing so many of these great Americans. So sad.
It is.. ... RIP Retired Major Winters.
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