Major Richard Winters

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Major Richard Winters Ret. . Major Richard D. Winters was born January 21, 1918 as a former United States Army officer and decorated war veteran. He commanded Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, during World War II. Richard Winters enlisted in the U.S Army in August 25, 1941 in order to shorten his time in the service. He under went his basic training at Camp Croft, South Carolina in September of 1914 to help train draftees and volunteers. In April of 1942 Richard Winter was selected to attend Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant after graduating from OCS in July 2, 1942. Second Lieutenant Richard Winter was then assigned to Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division serving as 2nd Lieutenant, While serving as a platoon commander of Easy Company he gained the mutual respect and the trust of the men who later be part of one of the largest invasions known to mankind. Colonel Sink, who was the first and the only CO of the 506th Regiment, Promoted Winter to the rank of 1st Lieutenant, Captain Sobel made Winter the Executive Officer of Easy Company. When the airborne troops finished jump school and were shipped to England. Captain Sobel was promoted and transferred to jump school. Lieutenant Meehan form Baker Company took over as CO of Easy Company. He would remain CO until his plane was shot down during the invasion of Normandy. When D-Day started the paratroopers dropped deep into Normandy under enemy territory. Their objectives were to secure a series roads that linked to the beaches of Normandy, where the regular US Infantry would make their assault on Utah and Omaha beach. However during the drop the planes desperate to evade the incoming flak from German anti- aircraft guns dropped

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