What is the Major Dick Winters '41 Award?
Established by the College in 2013 to honor the legacy of Major Dick Winters '41. It recognizes a student who has exhibited the strength of character, the quality of perseverance and the skill of leadership that defined Dick Winters. Major Winters was promoted to commander of E "Easy" Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division on the field during the invasion of Normandy, after the commanding officer's plane was shot down. Dropped behind enemy lines and with most of E Company missing, he formulated the assault that neutralized a battery of German artillery firing on Utah Beach and helped make it possible for Allied forces to move inland. This maneuver is still taught at West Point today. Major Winters' bravery, tactical abilities and leadership gained national exposure in Band of Brothers, a 1992 book by Stephen Ambrose and a subsequent HBO miniseries. In 2012 a monument was dedicated to Major Winters on the causeway to Utah Beach; to date, he is the only American soldier so honored.
2021 Winters Award Recipient