Top 8 Quotes from Major Dick Winters From the 101st Airborne Division
26 Inspirational Major Dick Winters Quotes about Life, Leadership, and War
“For those of us who served in Easy Company, and for those who served their country in other theaters, we came back as better men and women as a result of being in combat, and most would do it again if called upon. But each of us hoped that if we had learned anything from the experience it is that war is unreal, and we earnestly hoped that it would never happen again.”Major Dick Winters
“That’s what officers must do—break the cycle of fear. If a soldier is concentrating on his own feelings and on his own fear, and he sees you moving around, he realizes that you’re sharing the burden with him. That’s why he can then move.”Major Dick Winters
“I still regard Lewis Nixon as the best combat officer who I had the opportunity to work with under fire. He never showed fear, and during the toughest times he could always think clearly and quickly. Very few men can remain poised under an artillery concentration. Nixon was one of those officers.”Major Dick Winters
“True satisfaction comes from getting the job done… Ribbons, medals, and accolades, then, are poor substitutes to the ability to look yourself in the mirror every night and know that you did your best.”Major Dick Winters
“That night, I thanked God for seeing me through that day of days and prayed I would make it through D plus 1. I also promised that if some way I could get home again, I would find a nice peaceful town and spend the rest of my life in peace.”Major Dick Winters
Major Dick Winter Short Biography
Born on 21 January 1918 in New Holland, Pennsylvania, United States, Richard Davis Winters (aka Dick Winters) was a decorated World War II veteran and an incredibly reliable officer of the 101st Airborne division of the United States Army.
Best known for being a first lieutenant for Easy Company of the 2nd Battalion, Winters and his band of brothers parachuted behind enemy’s lines in Nazi-occupied Normandy in the early hours of D-Day, June 6, 1944 (Operation Overlord).
Their main mission was to sabotage, capture, and clear all obstacles surrounding “causeway 2” – a route leading to Utah beach – to support the massive allied beach invasion of Normandy just a few hours later.
Dick Winters led his men to fight across France (Battle of Carentan), the Netherlands (Operation Market Garden), Belgium (Battle of the Bulge), and eventually to Germany (the capture Hitler’s Eagle Nest).
Two months after the Attack on Foy in Belgium, Winters was promoted to Major on 8 March 1945, following the 2nd Battalion’s move to Haguenau. Shortly after his promotion, Winters was made acting commander of the entire 2nd Battalion.
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