Curt Schilling says he became spokesman out of respect for WWII hero Winters
Curt Schilling, former pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox, said today that he became the spokesman for a proposed monument to World War II hero Dick Winters because of his great respect for the Hershey man.
He said he has watched the HBO mini-series “Band of Brothers,” based on the experiences of Winters and other members of his Easy Company, at least 30 times. “World War II and the history of that generation has always been a passion of mine,” he said.
Schilling, who said he grew up “an Army brat,” owns a small publishing company called Multi-Man Publishing that focuses on World War II. “Major Winters is the second man I ever held in such idolization after my father,” he said. “He lived in a time and place when honor and integrity and the flag meant more than today.”
Documentary filmmaker Tim Gray is proposing the monument to leadership to be built by sculptor Stephen Spears near the shores of Normandy where Winters led his men on D-Day. Gray will also film an accompanying documentary to be narrated by Schilling.
Winters, who lives in Derry Twp., was a first lieutenant with E Company, 506th regiment of the 101st Airborne Division when he and his men parachuted behind enemy lines on June 6, 1944, to take on a German artillery position firing on Utah Beach. They also fought in the Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of Dachau and Hitler’s Eagles Nest.