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
County, Pennsylvania. He volunteered for the army on August 25, 1941,
slightly more than three months before Pearl Harbor. By September, he
at Camp Croft to undergo basic training.
was a private and made $21.00 a month. His training battalion finished
in December and most of them were sent to Panama. However, Major
then Pvt. Winters, was retained at the camp to help train the new
and volunteers. He stayed at the camp until April of 1942 when he went
Fort Benning, Georgia to attend Officers 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.
Major Winters died in January,
2011 at the age of 92. Read his obituary at WWII Hero Dies.
This web site has been
started as a public service to share the story of Pacolet. The web
master and person to contact about putting information on the web site
is me, Gerald Teaster. Contact me at:
or by telephone at (843) 873-8117. My regular
mail adress is:
1311 Jahnz Ave.
Summerville, SC 29485