Major Dick Winters 1918-2011
Major Winters led Easy Company (later 2nd Battalion), 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division in World War II. Easy Company was part of the Airborne spearhead on D-Day. It campaigned in France, in the Low Countries as part of Operation Market Garden, helped stop the last Nazi counteroffensive in the Ardennes, liberated a concentration camp inside Germany and was finally assigned to capture Hitler's retreat in the Alps at Berchtesgaden, otherwise known as Eagle's Nest.
Major Winters was buried last weekend in a private ceremony. He had apparently been in failing health for some time.
The man who, like so many others of his generation, fought so valiantly for peace has finally found his own peace eternal. Rest in peace, sir.
H/T Wretchard @ Belmont Club