CELEBRATE THE 75-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY WITH THE STORY OF RICHARD WINTERS AND BAND OF BROTHERS

The Daily Caller | 6/6/1944 | Staff
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Today marks the 75-year anniversary of D-Day, and it’s a great time to remember Richard Winters and the brave paratroopers.

Richard Winters served as an officer in Easy Company, 506th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, and led the charge against the Germans on that fateful day in France when America showed up to liberate Europe from the boot of the Nazis. Just how badass where the paratroopers? Well, many of them hit the ground without a weapon, which is exactly what happened to the legendary warrior on June 6, 1944.

Warfare - History - Network - Winters - Ground

Warfare History Network wrote the following about Winters hitting the ground without a weapon:

The C-47 transport plane he had just jumped out of had been flying too fast and too low for a safe fall. The prop blast had ripped off his leg bag, which was filled with equipment, as he exited the plane. He described his short drop as “too close for comfort.”

Knife - Winters - Airborne - Soldier - Rifles

With only his knife, Winters approached an Airborne soldier with two rifles. Winters was about to ask for one, but the trooper was shaking so badly with fright that Winters merely said to him: “Follow me.” He spent the next few hours gathering men and getting situated. When he drove his knife into the ground to drape a poncho over his head to examine a map with a flashlight, someone stole the knife. A soldier handed him a grenade. Eventually he came across a dead American and picked up his rifle and ammunition.

Easy Company was tasked with taking out German artillery firing down on the boys on the beaches, and the enemy had absolutely...
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