Richard Winters, the World War II commander of Easy Company whose heroics and steady leadership were at the heart of Stephen Ambrose’s non-fiction best-seller and the HBO miniseries, Band of Brothers, has died, according to the Associated Press. He was 92 and had suffered from Parkinson’s Disease. Winters took control of Company E, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne during the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, and led them during their battles across western Europe. “When he said ‘Let’s go,’ he was right in the front,” William Guarnere told the AP. “He was never in the back. A leader personified.”
In the Emmy-winning miniseries, Winters was portrayed by Damian Lewis.