'Band of Brothers' inspiration dies at age 92

In this Dec. 1945 file photo provided by Sgt. Maj. Herman W. Clemens, Ret., Maj. Richard 'Dick' Winters. Winters, the man whose quiet leadership was chronicled in the book and television miniseries 'Band of Brothers,' died Jan. 2, 2011 in central Pennsylvania, a family friend confirmed Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. He was 92. (Courtesy of Sgt. Maj. Herman W. Clemens, Ret.)

January 10, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The man whose leadership was chronicled in the World War II book and TV series, "Band of Brothers" has died in Pennsylvania.

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.