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Richard “Dick” Winters

Bio * Born 21 Jan 1918 * Died 2 Jan 2011 * From Ephrata, Pennsylvania * Went to Franklin and Marshall College 1937 – 1941 * Bachelor of Science in Economics * Joined 25 August 1941 * Basic at Camp Croft, South Carolina * OCS at Benning * Commissioned on 2 July 1942 * Volunteered for “Parachute Infantry” * Joined 506th Regiment at Camp Tocca * Easy Company, 2nd BN, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Division * 148/500 officers passed * 1800/5000 enlisted passed * Became CO of Easy on DDay * 1 July 1944 made Captain * XO 9 Oct 1944 * 8 March 1945 made Major * Discharged 22 Jan 1946 * June 1951 Recalled to Active Duty * Regimental planning and Training officer * Fort Dix, NJ * Orders to Korea * Resigned commission
* Team manager * Led from front * Followed commands from superiors * Held high standards * Chose to stay with Easy even though he had enough points to go home
* Led from the front * Humble * Men looked up to him * Took care of his men * Accomplishes the mission
* Volunteered during war time * Led from the front * Brècourt Manor * 23 soldiers vs. 60 Germans 4 Howitzers * Recommended for MoH (Distinguished Service Star) * Had to reprimand Compton because he was gambling with enlisted men

Adaptive * Problem Solver/Critical Thinker * Brècourt Manor * Great Communicator * His men listened to him no matter what * Tactically and Technically Proficient * Always had a plan when attacking * Resilient * He lost soldiers * Battle of Bulge * Proactive * Didn’t always have plan but always took control * Battle of Bulge * Attack of the town he wanted to take charge because he knew his men and wanted to take care of them * Wanted to accomplish the mission
Ten Principles for Success 1. Strive to be a leader of character, competence, and courage. 2. Lead from the front. Say, “Follow me!” and then lead the way. 3. Stay in top physical shape - physical stamina is the root of mental toughness. 4. Develop your team. If you know your people, are fair in setting realistic goals and expectations, and lead by example, you will develop teamwork. 5. Delegate responsibility to your subordinates and let them do their job. You can’t do a good job if you don’t have a chance to use your imagination and creativity. 6. Anticipate problems and prepare to overcome obstacles. Don’t wait until you get to the top of the ridge and then make up your mind. 7. Remain humble. Don’t worry about who receives the credit. Never let power or authority go to your head. 8. Take a moment of self-reflection. Look at yourself in the mirror every night and ask yourself if you did your best. 9. True satisfaction comes from getting the job done. They key to a successful leader is to earn respect - not because of rank or position, but because you are a leader of character. 10. Hang Tough! - Never, ever, give up…...

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