Retired Army Maj. Richard Winters, whose World War II exploits were made famous in the TV movie, Band of Brothers, has died following a lengthy illness.
Many considered him a hero and a great leader, but Winters himself was a very quiet and humble man. He was loved and admired by many of the soldiers who served with him in the U.S. Army's Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division.
Winters and his unit became famous when their story was told by the late historian and author Stephen Ambrose in his 1992 book, "Band of Brothers," which gained international fame. The story of how Winters and his unit landed in Normandy and fought across Europe was then made into an HBO miniseries of the same name in 2001, produced by director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks. At a cost of $125 million, the miniseries was the most expensive one ever made and won two Emmy awards in 2002, including best miniseries.
A few years ago, Winters told his own story in a book co-authored with retired U.S. Army Col. Cole Kingseed titled "Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters," which made the New York Times book list.
In an interview with the Daily News when the book was released, Kingseed said he helped Winters to write his memoirs.
"He gave me his journals, letters and a copy of his files, and I put pen to paper," Kingseed said at the time, saying that Winters edited and revised the book. "I was just the pen in Dick's