Jordan Brown is a 13-year-old World War II buff who embarked upon a campaign to ensure that the WWII vets who served on D-Day are memorialized. This blog follows his journey to Normandy, France to watch the unveiling of the Major Dick Winters monument that he helped raise money to fund.
(Bayeux, France) -- Wednesday marks the 68th anniversary of the D-Day invasion to liberate France from Nazi occupation. It’s also the day the late Richard Winters began making a name for himself in Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne, when he parachuted into the town of Saint Mere Eglise. His exploits throughout the Second World War would eventually be chronicled by historian Stephen Ambrose in the book Band of Brothers and the HBO mini-series of the same name. Winters has become so respected, his likeness is featured in a new monument that was dedicated Wednesday -- half a world away from his beloved home outside Hershey. The statue honors the leadership of all junior US military officers who stormed the beaches or jumped into France in 1944. As part of our "Hang Tough: Dick Winters in Normandy" project, witf’s Tim Lambert sends us an audio postcard from Normandy, with former Governor Tom Ridge and others, about Winters’ ability to get the best of his men.
Published in Hang Tough 6-6-44: A community blog