Major Dick Winters
Major Winters tell his story in the very
interesting book “Beyond Band of Brothers - The War Memoirs of Major
Dick Winters” published by The Berkley Publishing Company. Major
Winters grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He volunteered for
the army on August 25, 1941, only slightly more than three months
before Pearl Harbor. By September, he was at Camp
Croft to undergo basic training. He was a private and made $21.00 a
His training battalion finished basic in December and most of them were
to Panama. However, Major Winters, then Pvt. Winters, was retained at
camp to help train the new draftees and volunteers. He stayed at the
until April of 1942 when he went to Fort Benning, Georgia to attend
Candidate School (OCS).
After OCS, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and went on to complete
Paratrooper Training also at Fort Benning. Before reporting to a
Parachute Regiment he again temporarily returned to Camp Croft to train
new recruits. However, this was to be his last assignment and this time
he was only there for about five weeks. About mid August of 1942, he
reported to the 506th Parachute
Infantry at Camp Toombs in Toccoa, Georgia.
Major Winters went on to have a remarkable combat career as an officer
in the paratroopers. He was discharged on January 22, 1946. In his
Major Winters describes his duty at Camp Croft as some of his best
in the service.