Richard Winters was a U.S. Army officer who served in World War II, Operation Market Garden, the Western Allied invasion of Germany and in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star on two occasions.
Richard Winters was born in 1918 and graduated in 1941 from Franklin and Marshall College with the highest academic standing. After World War II started in Europe, Winters volunteered to join the U.S. Army and trained at Camp Croft in South Carolina. After finishing basic training he joined the parachute infantry and was assigned to the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Winters participated in the Normandy invasion where he distinguished himself by leading an assault on a fixed position of enemy troops.