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It was announced that one of the United States Army's most famous combat officers died on January 2.
Major Richard Winters is known to many as the commander of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, the inspiration for the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. I use episodes of this series to teach my Experience of Modern War class at La Roche College, with Dick Winters as an example of an effective combat commander, who was also concerned with the welfare of his troops. Then in the July, I had the opportunity to visit Easy Company's battlefield at Foy, Belgium, just outside of Bastogne.
In his obituary, The Washington Post quotes a soldier named Floyd Talbert who gave Major Winters an outstanding tribute, writing from his hospital bed in 1945: "You are loved and will never be forgotten by any soldier that ever served under you. I would follow you into hell."
The word "hero" is often devalued, but in Dick Winters' case it remains fully applicable.