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William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, WWII Vetran, Passes Away At 90

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03/11/2014 11:38 am
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Media Courtesy of Jacqueline Larma (AP)

Christa Tintelnot

Staff Writer


Sadly, William Guarnere, also known as "Wild Bill", a World War II veteran featured in the miniseries Band of Brothers, has died at 90 years old. Guarnere's son, William Jr., confirmed his father passed away on Saturday night, March 8th, 2014, of a ruptured aneurysm. The miniseries, which aired on HBO, was based on a book by Stephen Ambrose. The book told the stories of the Easy Company, the 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division from Georgia, where they trained in 1942 to Europe, where they fought bravely. The members of this company fought in the D-Day invasion in Normandy and was posted in the area until the war ended in 1945. In the mini-series, Guarnere was played by Frank John Hughes. In real life, the war hero lost his leg while helping a fellow soldier during the Battle of the Bulge and he was awarded the Silver Star, two illustrious Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts. He was also the author of Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends, a memoir that he wrote with fellow vet, Edward J. "Babe" Heffron, as well as Robyn Post, a journalist. Guarnere worked tirelessly to ensure that his fellow soldiers received the recognition they deserved according to Jake Powers, who knew him through the Band of Brothers tour company based out of Grafton, MA. When asked about Guarnere and his legacy, Powers said, "He did more things behind the scenes for other veterans than (for) himself."  

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