John Robertson

Staff member
Richard Davis (Dick)
  • UNIT
506 Parachute Infantry Regiment (Company E)
  • RANK
First Lieutenant
Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star
Normandy 1944 (DSC)
born 21.1.1918 Lancaster, Pennsylvania
father Richard Nagle Winters (1891-1946)
mother Edith S. (nee Esbenshade) Winters (1896-1970)
graduated Franklin-Marshall College June 1941
entered service August 1941
Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning (graduated July 1942)
2Lt Infantry
506 PIR August 1942
employed at a nitration works postwar
recalled to Army 1951 as instructor
employed in a paper mill
owned his own animal feed business
retired 1997
married Ethel Muriel (nee Estoppey) (1922-2012) in 1948 (2 children)
died 2.1.2011 (Aged 92) Palmyra, Pennsylvania
Bergstrasse Cemetery, Ephrata Township, Pennsylvania, USA


Distinguished Service Cross : The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Richard D. Winters (ASN: 0-1286582), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. First Lieutenant Winters with seven enlisted men, advanced through intense enemy automatic weapons fire, putting out of action two guns of the battery of four 88-mm. that were shelling the beachhead. Unswerving in his determination to complete his self-appointed and extremely hazardous task, First Lieutenant Winters and his group withdrew for reinforcements. He returned with tank support and the remaining two guns were put out of action, resulting in decreased opposition to our forces landing on the beachhead. First Lieutenant Winters' heroic and determined leadership exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 101st Airborne Division, and the United States Army.


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