Major Dick Winters statue: from Normandy to Ephrata

Written by Tim Lambert, WITF Multimedia News Director | May 25, 2015 12:45 AM

(Ephrata) -- Major Richard D. Winters may be known around the world as the leader of the Band of Brothers, made famous by the Stephen Ambrose book and HBO mini-series, but central Pennsylvanians count him as one of their own.

Winters jumped into Normandy on D-Day, took part in Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge and then led Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry (PIR) of the 101st Airborne Division in the taking of Adolph Hitler's Eagle's Nest above Berchtesgaden in Bavaria.

In 2012, a statue in Winter's likeness was dedicated not far from Utah Beach in Normandy, France, in honor of the leadership displayed by U.S. junior military officers on June 6, 1944 -- D-Day. The major insisted that's where the focus should be, not on his personal achievements.

Today, Winters' hometown of Ephrata in Lancaster County will dedicate a replica statue by the same sculptor, Stephen Spears, in honor of all veterans.

This slideshow looks back at the Winters Leadership Memorial from Normandy to Ephrata.


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