'Band of Brothers' inspiration dies at age 92


Maj. Richard "Dick" Winters died Jan. 2, a family friend confirmed on Monday. Winters was 92 and lived in Hershey but died in Palmyra, Pa.

Winters led 20 men in a successful attack on 200 German soldiers in September 1944. Winters and his men later helped hold the Bastogne area of Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge.

The exploits of Winters and the other members of Easy Company were chronicled in the Stephen Ambrose book "Band of Brothers" and later the HBO miniseries of the same name. Winters also published a memoir in 2006 entitled "Beyond Band of Brothers."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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