Friend of WWII hero donating helmet to AR center

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - The friend of a World War II soldier whose service was chronicled in a book and the HBO mini-series "Band of Brothers" is donating the commander's helmet to the Wilson History and Research Center in Little Rock.

Robert Hoffman will present the head gear worn by Maj. Richard Winters to the center on Thursday in a ceremony hosted by Gov. Mike Beebe.

Winters was the D-Day leader of Easy Company, 101st Airborne Division and fought in numerous battles, including Normandy and Bastogne. Winters received the Distinguished Service Cross for leading an assault against a German artillery battery at Brécourt Manor.

He died Jan. 2 at the age of 92.

Winters gave Hoffman his helmet 15 years ago.

Officials say it has hinged chinstrap loops and dates to back to 1945.

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