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Memorial service to honor Band of Brothers leader

Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | Mar 18, 2011 5:51 PM

(Hershey) -- The midstate will pay tribute to the late Dick Winters tomorrow. Hundreds are expected to attend a memorial service for the leader of the Band of Brothers at the Hershey Theatre. He passed away January 2-nd at the age of 92. Major Richard Winters gained international attention when the World War Two exploits of his unit, Easy Company, were chronicled in Stephen Ambrose's book "Band of Brothers" and the HBO mini-series of the same name. dw9On the eve of D-Day, he jumped into Normandy with the 101st Airborne Division. During the fighting on June 6th 1944, then-Lieutenant Winters earned the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest military honor, after leading a successful assault on a german artillery position near Utah Beach. He saw action in Operation Market Garden in Holland and the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. Toward the end of the war, Easy Company was credited with capturing Adolph Hitler's personal retreat, the Eagle's Nest. Two current members of the 101st Airborne will travel from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, for the memorial service, which begins at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow.

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