RIP "Wild Bill" Guarnere, and THANKS!

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  1. ologan

    ologan Well-Known Member

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, one of the World War II veterans whose exploits were dramatized in the TV miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died. He was 90.

    His son, William Guarnere Jr., confirmed Sunday that his father died at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Guarnere was rushed to the hospital early Saturday and died of a ruptured aneurysm early Saturday night.

    "He had a good, long life," his son said.

    The HBO miniseries, based on a book by Stephen Ambrose, followed the members of Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division from training in Georgia in 1942 through some of the war's fiercest European battles through the war's end in 1945.

    Its producers included Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. Guarnere was portrayed by the actor Frank John Hughes.

    Guarnere, whose combat exploits earned him his nickname, lost a leg while trying to help a wounded solider during the Battle of the Bulge. His commendations included the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts.

    In 2007, Guarnere helped write a nationally best-selling memoir called, "Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends," with fellow south Philadelphian veteran Edward J. "Babe" Heffron and journalist Robyn Post.

    William Guarnere Jr. said his father and Heffron met during the war and remained friends until Heffron died in December.

    "Now they're together again," the son said.

    Jake Powers, who operates a Band of Brothers tour company in Grafton, Mass., said Guarnere worked behind the scenes to ensure that his comrades received the recognition they deserved.

    "He did more things behind the scenes for other veterans than (for) himself," Powers said.
  2. ologan

    ologan Well-Known Member

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    Mods, please spell his name in the title correctly...Guarnere. My fingers were flying too fast!
  3. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    I was lucky enough to meet Dick Winters at a BB reenactment in the 90's. He was a gentle man and was one of those rare people where you can see the light shining from them.

    A very good friend of mine met Pappy Boyington in the 80's just after the tv show was over and said that while he had stopped drinking he was still a hell raiser.

    Incredible individuals the like of which we will never see again.
  4. Achilleslastand

    Achilleslastand Well-Known Member

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    Everytime I read something like this a part of me believes that men back then were cut from a different square of cloth.
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  5. DallasCowpoke

    DallasCowpoke Fierce Allegiance

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    This is a really good HBO doc. SSgt. Guarnere is featured quite a bit in it, if I recall correctly.

  6. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    a lot of people are offended by the 'Greatest Generation' thing that Brokaw started. Frankly I say to them:'

    YOU have had it easy compared to the generation that faced the worst depression in history followed by the worst war in history and then rebuilt our country. And in other countries rebuilt what was virtually ruined to what they are today. So stop whining; sit down and shut up.
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  7. Keifer

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    Now days people are offended by just about everything, its becoming its own industry. There is a reason why Brokaws statement is still used, because its true. I cant imagine todays generation being faced with what America was up against in the 40's. We have had so many years of prosperity that it has made us soft and lose sight of the sweat and blood that it took to get us to where we are.
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    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    And they did it with not one cell phone or facebook post.

    They were the Greatest Generation IMO.
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