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Stephen & Moira Ambrose Letter
Author - "Band of Brothers"
Stephen & Moira Ambrose

February 6, 2002

Colonel Robert Sink, the commander of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, recommended Lt. Richard Winters for the Medal of Honor for his actions on D-Day, June 6, 1944, in Normandy. But because Maj. Gen. Maxwell Taylor, commander of the 101st Airborne Division had placed an arbitrary limit of one MOH for the division in Normandy, and because Lt. Col. Robert Cole was the man picked to receive the award, Winters was down-graded to the Distinguished Service Cross (which was presented to him by General Omar Bradley). The time has come to rectify this situation.

That Winters deserves to receive the MOH is clear to all. At dawn he gathered up some of his men and hurried his troops to Brecourt Manor, where he planned and then lead an attack on German batteries. The men followed him because they trusted him to plan and execute every mission with a minimum of casualties or loss of life. As always he led from the front. What he did a Brecourt Manor opened Utah Beach and was in the highest tradition of the U.S. Army. As company commander, later battalion commander, he was outstanding at Carentan, in Holland, at Bastogne, and elsewhere through to the end of the war.

I wish to associate myself in support of the wonderful letter Col. Cole Kingseed wrote to Senator Rick Santorum on Nov. 28, 2001.

Of all the leaders and heroes I have studied and interviewed - including some two dozen MOH recipients - none can surpass Dick Winters for courage, resolve, wisdom, concern for his men, determination to get the job done, the havoc he wrought on the German companies and battalions, risk-taking, and accomplishments.

signed: Stephen E. Ambrose
 



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