Bill Guarnere's Passing

9 Mar 2014

William "Wild Bill" Guarnere was a paratrooper of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, US Army during WW2. He saw action during the Normandy invasion, Operation Market Garden, and the Battle of the Bulge (also known as the Ardennes Offensive) during the war, among other engagements, and was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry. He gained fame in the recent years as he was portrayed in the television mini-series "Band of Brothers". He published Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends with fellow Easy Company paratrooper Edward Heffron in 2007. Guarnere passed away from a stroke in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States on 8 Mar 2014.

For more information:
Bill Guarnere's Official Website
Wikipedia: William Guarnere

* Photo Credit: http://wildbillguarnere.com



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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Omar Wessel says:
10 Mar 2014 05:35:27 PM

Mr.Guarnere, You were an inspiration to an entire generation. Thank you for your service.
2. Anonymous says:
13 Mar 2014 06:09:09 AM

One of the Greatest Generation who fought to keep this country free. I thank him for his service. Rest in Peace Wild Bill.
3. David Barrett says:
22 Apr 2014 04:15:52 PM

I have read and re-read the book "Band of Brothers", and watched the miniseries. The name Bill Guarnere always resonates with me, calling to mind resilience, bravery and decency. Peace at last, Bill.
4. Frank Chadwick says:
4 Jun 2014 11:46:04 AM

I met Bill Guarnere at a show in Allentown about a half dozen years ago and he still had that great sense of humor. I recognized him and said, "You're Bill Guarnere, aren't you?" He immediately said, "I didn't so it!" Wonderful guy.
5. Anonymous says:
5 Aug 2014 02:56:42 AM

We owe you all so much, thank you.

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