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News Series Entry: Hang Tough: Dick Winters in Normandy

Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | Jan 28, 2013 6:46 PM
Hang Tough: Dick Winters in Normandy

(Undated) -- The late Major Dick Winters is one of the most famous World War II veterans in the world. The Lancaster County native is known as the leader of the "Band of Brothers," made famous in Stephen Ambrose's book about Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101s Airborne Division and the HBO mini-series of the same name. He was immortalized in Normandy, France, in 2012 on the 68th anniversary of the D-Day invasion through the unveiling of the Richard D. Winters Leadership Monument in Sainte Marie-du-Mont near Utah Beach.  It features a likeness of Winters moving forward in an attack position. The monument was dedicated to all junior U.S. military officers who served on June 6, 1944. It would include those who held the rank of second lieutenant, first lieutenant and captain. witf's Tim Lambert put together a series of reports on the effort, including from the scene of the unveiling.

Part one:

Lambert discusses his upcoming trip with witf's Craig Layne.

Part two:

As part of our "Hang Tough: Dick Winters in Normandy" project, witf’s Tim Lambert sends us an audio postcard from Normandy, with former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge and others dicussing  Winters’ ability to get the best of his men.

Part three:

The Bronze sculpture is about 13 feet tall and the man who created it says it means the world to him, knowing the leader of the so-called Band of Brothers gave his blessing to the project. "You know, he's the man. I just wish he could have been here to see it. That would have made it that much more special," says sculptor Stephen Spears. As part of witf’s multimedia project, "Hang Tough: Dick Winters in Normandy," witf's Tim Lambert had a chance to chat with Spears at a hotel in the French town of Bayeux ahead of the unveiling.

Part four:

A monument in the likeness of late Major Dick Winters has been unveiled in France.  witf's Tim Lambert reports from Normandy, where the ceremony dedicating the statue of the midstate native took place. 

Part five:

Jordan Brown, 13, of Lebanon County hasn’t had much of a chance to reflect on his speech at the Major Richard Winters Leadership Monument dedication last week. As part of our project "Hang Tough: Dick Winters in Normandy," witf’s Tim Lambert talks with Jordan and his parents Rob and Yasmin Brown about what the family calls "a trip of a lifetime."



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