Posted on Jan 22, 2014
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As we have all branches represented here, I was interested to learn each view on who their major icon/hero is and why. I am hoping to learn something interesting and hopefully spread a little knowledge from my sister services on the forum as well.
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SFC, Major Richard "Dick" Winters of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Division. He exemplified what combat leadership was and gave his men an example to follow by leading from the front. Truly an incredible individual
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If it were not for the movie, the tales of these men would not be nearly as well known.

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SFC the book was excellent
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Agree on all accounts mentioned and will add that Easy Company had many outstanding leaders in the same mold as Dick Winters...Officers, NCOs and Enlisted. I am glad I read the book before I saw the HBO mini-series. The HBO series rates as one of my all time favorites! They were not only a Band of Brothers, but a Band of Great Small Unit Leaders as well!
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If you want a better book on it get beyond band of brothers. It is written by MAJ Winters.
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If I had to guess on the major icons of the Air Force, three come to mind.

A1C John Levitow, an AC-47 Loadmaster during Vietnam and the youngest Airman in the Air Force to have been awarded the Medal of Honor. He threw an about-to-ignite Magnesium flare from his aircraft after it was struck by anti-aircraft fire.

Gen James Doolittle, planned and executed the Doolittle raid, launching 16 B-25 bombers from the deck of the USS Hornet and striking Tokyo.

Maj Gen Billy Mitchell, considered the father of modern Air Power.
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Marine Corps Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller (June 26, 1898 – October 11, 1971) one of the most decorated members of the Marine Corps. He is one of two servicemen (and the only Marine) to ever be awarded five Navy Crosses. He fought guerrillas in Haiti and Nicaragua, and participated in battles of World War II and the Korean War. Puller retired from the Marine Corps in 1955 and spent the remainder of his life living in Virginia.

"Good night Chesty where ever you are"
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