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'Band of Brothers' honored on D-Day anniversary
AP via Yahoo News ^ | 6/6/12

Posted on 06/06/2012 8:20:11 AM PDT by Kartographer

A statue in the likeness of a Pennsylvania native whose quiet leadership was chronicled in the World War II book and television miniseries "Band of Brothers" is being unveiled near the beaches where the D-Day invasion of France began in 1944.

The 12-foot (3.6-meter) tall bronze statue in the Normandy village of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont shows Maj. Dick Winters with his weapon at the ready, evoking the massive Allied operation that paved the way for the end of the war.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: bandofbrothers; dday; dickwinters; normandy; richardwinters; ww2; wwii


1 posted on 06/06/2012 8:20:22 AM PDT by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer
D-Day: Statue of 'Band of Brothers' hero Richard Winters unveiled (with video)
2 posted on 06/06/2012 8:23:31 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: Kartographer

Band of Brothers was one of the greatest series ever put on TV.


3 posted on 06/06/2012 8:24:53 AM PDT by kidd
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To: kidd

Agreed. I love that series.


4 posted on 06/06/2012 8:28:20 AM PDT by justice14 ("stand up defend or lay down and die")
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To: kidd

Agreed. I love that series.


5 posted on 06/06/2012 8:28:26 AM PDT by justice14 ("stand up defend or lay down and die")
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To: Kartographer
The 12-foot (3.6-meter) tall bronze statue in the Normandy village of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont shows Maj. Dick Winters with his weapon at the ready...

Those who have read the book or watched the series will recall that Lt. Winters lost his weapon in para-drop. :)

6 posted on 06/06/2012 8:29:57 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Kartographer
Dick Winters passed away in January 2011 at the age of 92. He was a great leader of men and a true American hero.


7 posted on 06/06/2012 8:30:33 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: The_Victor

Lt. Winters acquired a German rifle after a raid on a horsecart early in the morning of D-Day.

Can anyone tell if he’s holding a German rifle in the statue?


8 posted on 06/06/2012 8:34:20 AM PDT by kidd
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To: Kartographer; unkus
History of Screaming Eagles Alert!
9 posted on 06/06/2012 8:35:19 AM PDT by Chgogal (WSJ, Coulter, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. Thank you.)
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To: kidd

Looks like an M1 Garand to me. :) :)

10 posted on 06/06/2012 8:39:17 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: kidd

That’s an M1 Garand. Any captured German rifle would have been discarded as soon as possible. Not a good idea to shoot an enemy rifle in hostile territory when your troops are scattered all over the place.

During the assault on the artillery pieces overlooking Utah beach, he was using the M1. He stated in his book it was stupid for officers to only carry the .45 since German snipers would know who to kill first. With the M1, he looked like any other soldiers.


11 posted on 06/06/2012 8:39:45 AM PDT by Azeem (There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

I freaking missed that news while I was in the sandbox...sigh.

I can’t watch the interviews in each episode without crying.

Simply an entire generation of patriots...very different from today’s Occupy POS’s.


12 posted on 06/06/2012 8:42:52 AM PDT by Abundy
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To: Kartographer
"I cherish the memories of a question my grandson asked me the other day when he said, 'Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?' Grandpa said 'No… but I served in a company of heroes.'"

Major Richard "Dick" D. Winters quoting a passage from a letter he received from Sergeant Mike Ranney during the interview segment of the miniseries 'Band of Brothers'.
13 posted on 06/06/2012 8:45:27 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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And today Google honors what? D-Day? No, of course not. They salute the opening of the first drive-in theater 79 years ago...


14 posted on 06/06/2012 8:55:15 AM PDT by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: Chgogal

Thanks much, Chgogal.


15 posted on 06/06/2012 8:58:14 AM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Kartographer
Here's the D-Day site: the National D-Day Memorial

Welcome to the official site of the National D-Day Memorial . Located in Bedford, Virginia— the town suffering the highest per capita D-Day losses in the nation. The National D-Day Memorial honors the Allied forces that participated in the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 during World War II. With its stylized English Garden, haunting invasion tableau, and striking Victory Plaza, the Memorial stands as a powerful permanent tribute to the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of D-Day participants. Surrounded by the beautiful majestic Blue Ridge mountains, this makes for a solemn and respectful tribute for our fallen heroes.

Visitors can expect both an educational experience as well as an emotional one, as they walk the grounds at the Memorial and leave with a clear understanding of the scale and sacrifices made during the largest amphibious landing the world has ever seen. On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 ships and 11,000 aircraft supported the invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in France. The D-Day cost was high with more than 9,000 Allied soldiers killed or wounded as the march across Europe to defeat Hitler began.

The Memorial is supported by contributions to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization.

16 posted on 06/06/2012 9:01:21 AM PDT by Perseverando (Keywords: So we can find a really great article a couple of months from now.)
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To: Azeem
He stated in his book it was stupid for officers to only carry the .45 since German snipers would know who to kill first.

Makes sense. My Grandfather got rid of his because it was "Dammed Heavy, and all of the ammo for it even more so". He carried a carbine, instead.

17 posted on 06/06/2012 9:03:45 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Abundy
Thank you for your service.

The contrast between today's spoiled, self-important, entitlement-besotted crybabies and the dignified, humble, and eminently responsible members of the Greatest Generation is a painful one.

18 posted on 06/06/2012 9:10:04 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Abundy

Many feel Major Winters, as well as Sgt. Harrison Summers both are deserving of The Medal of Honor for their D-Day actions. Nothing wrong with the DSC, but I feel it should be elevated to the medal of Honor...


19 posted on 06/06/2012 9:43:02 AM PDT by donozark (The 7th Wisconsin had more men killed in battle than any other Union Regiment.)
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Medal. Capital M...


20 posted on 06/06/2012 10:06:18 AM PDT by donozark (The 7th Wisconsin had more men killed in battle than any other Union Regiment.)
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To: donozark

Medal. Capital M...


Mettle....All Caps


21 posted on 06/06/2012 10:16:34 AM PDT by AFret. ("Charlie don't surf ! ")
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To: Kartographer

From the Life Magazine website, rare color photos from Before and After D-Day

http://life.time.com/history/d-day-rare-color-photos/#1


22 posted on 06/06/2012 10:27:45 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Azeem; The_Victor

Thanks.

Makes sense.


23 posted on 06/06/2012 10:32:18 AM PDT by kidd
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To: dfwgator

Bookmark


24 posted on 06/06/2012 11:38:55 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: wbill
During the Battle of Saipan, a Marine lieutenant leading his platoon got separated from the main body of men and got pinned down.

A Japanese NCO charged him, brandishing a samurai sword with the intention of turning him into sushi. The Marine officer emptied 15 rounds from his carbine into the charging Japanese soldier, but it barely slowed him down. The lieutenant screamed to his fellow Marines: “Somebody SHOOT this guy!”

One of his sergeants squeezed of a shot from his M1 Garand rifle and the Japanese dropped like a stone.

Moral: If you shoot your enemy with a .30 carbine, you'll make him madder. If you shoot him with a .30 M1 Garand, you'll make him dead.

25 posted on 06/06/2012 2:05:14 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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