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(YouTube)   Richard Winters, Commander of Easy Company during World War II, turns 92 today. Here's a clip from "Band of Brothers"   (youtube.com) divider line 249
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2010-01-21 12:03:53 AM
Even if I had 5 dicks and 10 balls, he would be more of a man than me.
 
2010-01-21 12:12:47 AM
You, sir, are a national treasure. Happy birthday.
 
2010-01-21 12:15:18 AM
Is this on cable? Because I don't get it and I don't speak european.

And I've never seen 'The Wire' either.

Seriously.

Sincerely,

Demi-Troll
 
2010-01-21 12:33:53 AM
Why he doesn't have a medal of honor is beyond me
 
2010-01-21 12:35:00 AM
 
2010-01-21 12:52:20 AM
Currahee!
 
2010-01-21 01:04:05 AM
Staffist: Is this on cable? Because I don't get it and I don't speak european.

And I've never seen 'The Wire' either.

Seriously.

Sincerely,

Demi-Troll


You've never seen Band of Brothers before? You don't know what you're missing.

Here's a clip of when Major Winters led the attack on Brecourt Manor to take out the German artillery that was firing down on Utah Beach. (^)(NSFW language)

And here's a Wiki of the details of the "Brecourt Manor Assault". (^)
 
2010-01-21 01:04:49 AM
I think I watched the series when it ran on History Channel. They had actual soldiers comment before and after each episode. Speaking about Major Winters one soldiers tearfully said something along the lines of "Some fo the things he did were beyond courage. Frankly I don't know how he survived. But he did."

/still gives me goosebumps to think about it
 
2010-01-21 01:22:39 AM
bulldg4life: Why he doesn't have a medal of honor is beyond me

Because quite frankly, you'd have to issue a Medal to just about every man in the 82nd and 101st Airborne. The sh*t they did over the course of WW2... f*cking unreal.

/Still can't re-watch "Why We Fight".
//Wept like a baby the first time around.
 
2010-01-21 01:43:12 AM
Occam's Chainsaw: /Still can't re-watch "Why We Fight".
//Wept like a baby the first time around.


My jaw was set so tightly while watching that it gave me a headache.
 
2010-01-21 02:19:00 AM
Happy Birthday, Sir.
 
2010-01-21 02:19:36 AM
Fark ought to get together and lobby to get this man a Medal of Honor. He deserves one, for all he did for this country, it is the least we could do as Fark jockeys.
 
2010-01-21 02:21:36 AM
Happy birfday, Mr. Winters. And thank you.
 
2010-01-21 02:25:49 AM
www.gasolinealleyantiques.com

RIP Jonathan Winters
 
2010-01-21 02:25:51 AM
Some guys know how to get things done.
 
2010-01-21 02:26:02 AM
Is there a way we can get this thread out to Maj Winters? I too would like to wish him a happy Birthday, and he is a major (no pun) reason why I'll be leaving to the Air Force come June(ish)

Happy Birthday, Sir. Thank you and your men for all you did for us.
~Nontentional
 
2010-01-21 02:26:30 AM
Here's a more appropriate clip IMHO, featuring the actual guy instead of the actor portraying him:

Link (new window)

Not that there's anything wrong with the other clip. Or with Damien Lewis, I like him too.

Anyway, happy birthday, Major Winters.
 
2010-01-21 02:27:11 AM
bulldg4life: Why he doesn't have a medal of honor is beyond me

There was a rule in place at the time that only one man from a division could earn a CMOH. Richard Cole had already gotten one for the 101st. There's a petition going to try to get one for him.
 
2010-01-21 02:29:34 AM
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RIP Shelley Winters
 
2010-01-21 02:29:55 AM
"Band of Brothers" fans will be very happy to hear about the upcoming HBO series "The Pacific" in March.
 
2010-01-21 02:32:13 AM
Thankyou Major Winters for your exceptional courage, sacrifice and leadership. May you continue to enjoy the fruits of the world you created for myself and my generation.

What you did I don't think I could ever do. And because you did it then, I don't have to do it today.

Thankyou.
 
2010-01-21 02:38:01 AM
So why did the link have a Nazi making a speech? Is submitter some kind of fascist sympathizer?
 
2010-01-21 02:39:35 AM
to this day when i finish watching the final episode of band of brothers i just sigh and realize how empty my life is compared to theirs. the fact that no matter what i ever do, it will pale in comparison to what they did, is simply frightening to me.
 
2010-01-21 02:44:48 AM
Happy Birthday Sir! Hero tag well deserved!

/Have been watching Band of Brothers again on DVD lately.
 
2010-01-21 02:44:50 AM
According to the forums on his site, there is a bill in Congress to award him what he and his men deserve. It is the third such bill, and hopefully it is passed through.
 
2010-01-21 02:51:31 AM
Oznog: RIP Jonathan Winters

Beat me to it, you bastard.
 
2010-01-21 02:54:49 AM
themeatcleaver: to this day when i finish watching the final episode of band of brothers i just sigh and realize how empty my life is compared to theirs. the fact that no matter what i ever do, it will pale in comparison to what they did, is simply frightening to me.

No it is not. They had a job to do and they did it. Many people sacrifice their lives for the same reason today. Your life is not empty as long as you do something with it. Work for a charity, adopt a kid, do something to help other people out. Being a soldier doesn't make your life "full". Being the best you can be for the sake of others is.
 
2010-01-21 02:57:44 AM
spawn73: Actual history Germany needed to destroy 6 US tanks for every time they lost 1. They barely achieved it.

We don't see that humiliation in that series do we?


Because the known inadequacies of the Sherman tank have so much to do with freakish heroics of the 101st Airborne Infantry.
 
2010-01-21 02:58:42 AM
Ahhh i'm tired. Just Being a soldier doesn't make your life "full". Being the best you can be for the sake of others is. That is why those men are heroes to me. They did it for the others. The men they served with, the wives they left at home, and for their children.

\just wanted to clarify that a bit.
 
2010-01-21 02:59:54 AM
Somebody posting in this thread is speaking out of turn. Several episodes showed Allied troops getting pounded, like in Market-Garden, and then in the Ardennes during the battle of the bulge. Neither the series nor Ambrose's book glamorized allied victories or minimized their losses.
 
2010-01-21 03:01:05 AM
I was always fascinated by the character of Herbert Sobel.

He was apparantly a damn-good trainer, but had no actual ability to lead in battle.
 
2010-01-21 03:03:14 AM
I'll be raising a pint or several on Friday night and toasting him then.

Until than, Happy Birthday, and thank you for your service, sir.
 
2010-01-21 03:04:21 AM
Until than then, Happy Birthday, and thank you for your service, sir.

//Fixed that for me
//Pet peeve
 
2010-01-21 03:04:33 AM
This is why we'll never win the Global War on Terrorism. There is no unified group to surrender.

*Hand Salute* Sir.

We ain't learned shiat since 1945. Sorry 'bout that.
 
2010-01-21 03:14:52 AM
This man's balls have 4 moons and a communications satellite that broadcasts the national anthem 24/7 orbiting them.
 
2010-01-21 03:15:03 AM
....we should thank God such men live(d).
 
2010-01-21 03:15:30 AM
Occam's Chainsaw, bighasbeen:
Everyone who makes a statement like "Soandso is Hitler!" or "Soandso is a nazi!" should be required to watch "Why We Fight". Not because Soandso is not a deplorable example of a human being or a facist, but because it makes people forget what Hitler and the Nazis really did. When "Nazi" means someone who commits some relatively minor offense against personal freedom, what becomes of the real Nazis?
 
2010-01-21 03:15:55 AM
*salute*

My fiancee's great-uncle was Darrell "Shifty" Powers in the same company. I'm sad I never met him before he died, he was apparently a great guy and a fine storyteller, but good to have that sort of blood in my (future) family.

/only WWII connection in my own family was a bomber pilot, MIA over Germany, RIP Uncle Mick
//the rest were doctors, never really in harm's way but doing a sterling job nonetheless
 
2010-01-21 03:17:04 AM
From one combat vet to another: Thank you, Sir! Enjoy your birthday.

*Salutes*
 
2010-01-21 03:17:26 AM
Happy B-day Dick. You have deserved them all.
 
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2010-01-21 03:18:01 AM
Suck it, spawn73
Hat off to Dick Winters
 
2010-01-21 03:18:34 AM
While stationed in Europe, I made it a point to visit every WWI and II site I could find, rain or shine. Graveyards, shrines, obscure royal safe houses...anything I could get my hands on.

It cannot be understated how much was lost during those wars. Their ricochets will be forever felt.

/I sound fun
 
2010-01-21 03:18:41 AM
Airbus-Driver: When "Nazi" means someone who commits some relatively minor offense against personal freedom, what becomes of the real Nazis?

They're still dead.
 
2010-01-21 03:23:09 AM
Airbus-Driver: Everyone who makes a statement like "Soandso is Hitler!" or "Soandso is a nazi!" should be required to watch "Why We Fight". Not because Soandso is not a deplorable example of a human being or a facist, but because it makes people forget what Hitler and the Nazis really did. When "Nazi" means someone who commits some relatively minor offense against personal freedom, what becomes of the real Nazis?

The inverse of that sentiment: when someone is behaving in a manner reminiscent of (or identical to) the Nazis, calling them out on it is not a Godwin. The demonization of the Nazis as the ultimate bad guys of all time ever is almost as bad as apologism. The lesson that we should take away from that time period is that perfectly normal people can be lead into horrific things under the right circumstances.
 
2010-01-21 03:29:22 AM
Good clip subby. Happy BDay Major Winters!

/Band of Brothers series FTW.
// The book is better.
 
2010-01-21 03:29:32 AM
terryfrank.netwww.heroesforever.nl


Share the same birthday.
 
2010-01-21 03:36:01 AM
Enough with the posts addressed directly to him. He doesn't read FARK, he's too busy pounding some hot nonagenarian trim.
 
2010-01-21 03:36:29 AM
evilsofa: upcoming HBO series "The Pacific" in March.

F*cking SWEET. There's remnants of WWII Japanese military all over where I live, including a tank parked next to the post office.

SpeckledJim: /only WWII connection in my own family was a bomber pilot, MIA over Germany, RIP Uncle Mick

Mine is my grandfather. He was a Navy Seabee stationed on Tinian. He mostly blew up coral to build the runways. On his spare time he developed photos for people.

Mind blowing stuff...
 
2010-01-21 03:36:35 AM
bigwave: Share the same birthday.

coincidence? i think not.
 
2010-01-21 03:40:11 AM
spawn73: Comparing Band of Brothers with actual history is kinda dumb, look at it as fiction.

Actual history Germany needed to destroy 6 US tanks for every time they lost 1. They barely achieved it.

We don't see that humiliation in that series do we?


Or how about Germany smashing through the lines, unstoppable, but eventually stopped when cloud cover went (so they could be bombed), and ran out of fuel. Untill at that point it was a German massacre on the US troops, any mention? Nope.


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That being said: Happy 92 Sir, loved you in Life and Wariors.

/My b-day is tomorrow if anyone wants to get me something....
 
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