Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Maj Dick Winters Of 'Band of Brothers' Fame on D-Day Monument Unveiled in Normandy.


Major Richard "Dick" Winters was a United States Army officer and decorated war veteran. He commanded Company "E", 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, during World War II. Dick Winters parachuted into Normandy in the early hours of D-Day, 6/06/1944, and fought across France, The Netherlands, Belgium, and eventually into Germany.

On the main road to Sainte Marie-du-Mont in Normandy, the steeple of the 11th-century church — once a shield for enemy snipers — rises high above the village. The confessional and the glass case that encases a statue of the Virgin bear bullet holes, remnants of the fierce fighting 68 years ago.

The flagpole at Brecourt Manor is off to one direction, to the other Carentan —Nazi German stronghold landmarks, objectives for the Allies.  And approximately three miles away, the expanse of Utah Beach summons the images in historic black-and-white footage of the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944.


Maj. Dick Winters — then a lieutenant — sealed his place in history among this bucolic landscape of dairy farms.  A reluctant hero, Winters, who passed away last year at 92, deflected the laurels onto his men. Now a statue in his likeness will for posterity survey a landscape that has come to memorialize the liberation of a country and the turning point of the war.

An effort years in the making will bear fruition on June 6 as the World War II Foundation unveils the Richard Winters Leadership Monument, a 12-foot high bronze statue of Winters in an attack position, his weapon at the ready. The monument will be dedicated to all junior U.S. military officers who served on that day.

“If they hadn’t been dropped that night, it would’ve been a disaster on the beach from those guns,” said Edward Heffron, 89, one of the few remaining members of Easy Company.  “Dick was a hell of a guy. I’d go anywhere for him. Most of the guys were like that. Brings a little tear to my eye when I think of it. But to give him credit and talk about him I don’t mind.”

Tom Hanks, executive producer of Band of Brothers, spoke about Major Dick Winters following a memorial service celebrating the life of Winters held at the Hershey Theatre.  Heffron, who lives in Philadelphia, said Winters, his company commander, deserves the monument and more. He said Winters deserves the Congressional Medal of Honor. MORE FROM THIS SOURCE.

There was an actual 'Band of Brothers' in real life on D-Day June 6th, 1944 and I knew all four of them as they were my father and his brothers. Binghamton Press Article Published February 26th, 2007, BAND OF WARNER BROTHERS AT D-DAY INVASION OF NORMANDY & STE.-MERE-EGLISE JUNE 6th 1944 WITH THE 82nd AIRBORNE 507th Parachute Infantry; Last of city’s WWII ‘band of brothers’ dies, 3 of 4 Warners were directly involved in the D-Day invasion.

D-DAY James Warner, Robert Warner, Harry Warner & William Warner. By William Moyer Press & Sun-Bulletin Binghamton NY: James, Robert, Harry and William Warner were literally a military “band of brothers. ” The four sons of Harry J. and Katherine Warner grew up at 93 Schubert St. on Binghamton’s West Side.
           MAP OF DROP LOCATION FOR 82nd AIRBORNE ON D-DAY 6/6/1944.

“Their legacy is dying with them,” said Brian Vojtisek, who is Broome County’s director of Veterans Services. “Their stories are dwindling down to footnotes in history.” In its most recent report in late 2006, the U.S. Census reported 3.9million living World War II veterans, out of 16 million who served between Dec. 1, 1941, and Dec. 31, 1946. The average age of living World War II vets is 83. In 13 years, the number of living World War II vets is expected to drop to 283,000.

A SILENT GENERATION; Despite their honorable service records, the Warner brothers carried their combat experiences to their graves, said Robert’s son, Bill Warner, 59, of Sarasota, Fla. “Not one of them ever told me anything about it,” said Bill Warner, who graduated from Binghamton North High School. “Not a word. Forget about it; it was something they had to do. They did it; that was it.”  MORE FROM THIS SOURCE.

WARNER, James J. 62, of Clearwater, died Dec.1, 2009 at home. Jim was born in Binghamton, NY and moved to Clearwater in 1978 from New Jersey. Jim was owner/broker with VIP Realty for over 20 years; was past president of the Sand Key Civic Assoc; first chairman of the Beach Renourishment project of Sand Key as well as many other political and civic activities throughout his career and longtime member of Belleair Country Club - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tampabaytimes/obituary.aspx?n=james-j-warner&pid=136810503#sthash.jZDe3BLu.dpuf
The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne, SEE TROOPER PICTURES CLICK LINK http://www.ww2-airborne.us/units/507/507_trp.html


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