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 Posted: Mon Jan 10th, 2011 08:19 pm
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America lost one of her heroes earlier this week.Having read the book and seen the series "Band of Brothers" makes this one a bit tough to swallow even if I never really met the man,he and many men like him are what made us free here today,and I salute him and all the other WWII vets.



This is a video of some of his men talking about him.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110110/ts_yblog_thelookout/dick-winters-wwii-hero-chronicled-in-band-of-brothers-dies



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 Posted: Mon Jan 10th, 2011 10:26 pm
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I saw that....sad indeed.



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Thousands of men did what Winters did in WWII, but he was a true hero for writing such amazing books recalling the efforts of America's 'Greatest Generation'.  Band of Brothers was an amazing book and even better miniseries.

RIP Major Winters.



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thunderbolt wrote: Thousands of men did what Winters did in WWII, but he was a true hero for writing such amazing books recalling the efforts of America's 'Greatest Generation'.  Band of Brothers was an amazing book and even better miniseries.

RIP Major Winters.
Absolutely seconded.  Both of my grandfathers fought in WWII and lived through many difficult, difficult things.  They never even talked about or sought any recognition. 

The best part is Winters was well aware of this and never seemed to seek any glory for himself but sought to honor the memory of all those that served.

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 Posted: Tue Jan 11th, 2011 12:59 am
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Quattro wrote: thunderbolt wrote: Thousands of men did what Winters did in WWII, but he was a true hero for writing such amazing books recalling the efforts of America's 'Greatest Generation'.  Band of Brothers was an amazing book and even better miniseries.

RIP Major Winters.
Absolutely seconded.  Both of my grandfathers fought in WWII and lived through many difficult, difficult things.  They never even talked about or sought any recognition. 

The best part is Winters was well aware of this and never seemed to seek any glory for himself but sought to honor the memory of all those that served.

My grandparents were the same way.  My grandpa on my dads side was a POW for the Germans for over 2 years and he never spoke about it, and always refused to go to WW2 veteran meetings or anything at all about it.

Winters I had the utmost respect for.  Wanting his friends to never be forgotten the way he did was tremendous.

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My "Pappaw" Holland fought in WWII,and he was also in the battle of the Bulge,I often wonder in my own mind when I see Band of Brothers or read the book if Pappaw ever met up with Winters or anybody in the book.

Probably not,but he was there,and like the others mentioned here who served,he never asked for anything special or even tallked about it,except for very rare times indeed,and like Winters,he told me more than once that the real heroes are still over there.

Not too many of those folks are still with us,and that's a shame.



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People think the guys in WW11 weren't affected like the guys in Vietnam.  They were and many had it worse.   I had a friend whose father started to tell stories for the first time after 50 years.   He told me that he did not get a good night's sleep for 20 years.   He was in Dday and he and 1 other guy from his platoon survived.   He saw thousands of people die.   They accidentily shot and killed civilians all the time. 

I served but thank God it was peacetime.

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Ultimark wrote: People think the guys in WW11 weren't affected like the guys in Vietnam.  They were and many had it worse.   I had a friend whose father started to tell stories for the first time after 50 years.   He told me that he did not get a good night's sleep for 20 years.   He was in Dday and he and 1 other guy from his platoon survived.   He saw thousands of people die.   They accidentily shot and killed civilians all the time. 

I served but thank God it was peacetime.

HBO did a bit on Wartime Post-Traumatic Stress from 1861-2010 recently. James Gandolfini hosted it. Very interesting look at how it's been looked at over the years.



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khawk wrote: Ultimark wrote: People think the guys in WW11 weren't affected like the guys in Vietnam.  They were and many had it worse.   I had a friend whose father started to tell stories for the first time after 50 years.   He told me that he did not get a good night's sleep for 20 years.   He was in Dday and he and 1 other guy from his platoon survived.   He saw thousands of people die.   They accidentily shot and killed civilians all the time. 

I served but thank God it was peacetime.

HBO did a bit on Wartime Post-Traumatic Stress from 1861-2010 recently. James Gandolfini hosted it. Very interesting look at how it's been looked at over the years.

I just don't think we can even imagine what it is really like.    The men and women now in war will be dealing with this for a long time.  Hopefully, we are better prepared to treat them properly.  I know Canada has been in Afghanistan since the beginning.

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Ultimark wrote: khawk wrote: Ultimark wrote: People think the guys in WW11 weren't affected like the guys in Vietnam.  They were and many had it worse.   I had a friend whose father started to tell stories for the first time after 50 years.   He told me that he did not get a good night's sleep for 20 years.   He was in Dday and he and 1 other guy from his platoon survived.   He saw thousands of people die.   They accidentily shot and killed civilians all the time. 

I served but thank God it was peacetime.

HBO did a bit on Wartime Post-Traumatic Stress from 1861-2010 recently. James Gandolfini hosted it. Very interesting look at how it's been looked at over the years.

I just don't think we can even imagine what it is really like.    The men and women now in war will be dealing with this for a long time.  Hopefully, we are better prepared to treat them properly.  I know Canada has been in Afghanistan since the beginning.
LOL @ treating them properly

Look at the VA as the best example of how the US still does not treat its veterans properly at all.  It is pathetic that this country uses these men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan and then discard them to the scrap pile when they incur injuries and can not work, and then deny them medications and counseling because of the costs

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