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Posted: 3/9/2014 1:21:32 PM EDT
Friends and family are mourning the death of a national hero. William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, a South Philly native and World War II vet who was portrayed on the television miniseries, “Band of Brothers,” died on Saturday at the age of 90.

Guarnere's 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.

Born in South Philadelphia on April 28, in 1923, Guarnere was a non-commissioned officer with the legendary Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the 101st Airborne Division during World War II.
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"He was without a doubt one of the bravest and best soldiers in all of Easy Company," said Easy Company historian Jake Powers. "He was one of the best combat leaders not only in his company but also the division. If there was a fight going on with the 1st Platoon or 3rd Platoon, Bill would miraculously show up and leave 2nd Platoon to go help. He would 'march to the sound of gunfire.' He had no reservations and was just a fearless man in combat."

Guarnere’s time in the war ended when he lost his right leg while trying to help a wounded soldier. For his efforts during the Brecourt Manor Assault on D-Day, he earned the Silver Star. He later received two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts.
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Link Posted: 3/9/2014 1:25:00 PM EDT

Rest in peace and thank you.
Link Posted: 3/9/2014 1:27:28 PM EDT
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My bad. Searched, didn't see it. It can't hurt to honor a great man again though.
Link Posted: 3/9/2014 1:32:25 PM EDT

ETA: He quit giving these out a few years ago. He gave me one because my wife asked his son if he would. Only because she is from Philadelphia and passed a Bill Guarnere "are you really from Philly" quiz session did he give us one.

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Link Posted: 3/9/2014 1:51:13 PM EDT
bump for the ETA
Link Posted: 3/9/2014 1:52:02 PM EDT
A worthy dupe. I had yet to see it. RIP Wild Bill...

Link Posted: 3/9/2014 2:19:11 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/9/2014 2:20:00 PM EDT
Very sad news. My favorite character of the BoB.

RiP hero
Link Posted: 3/9/2014 2:27:47 PM EDT
Rest in peace Wild Bill

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Link Posted: 3/9/2014 3:43:11 PM EDT

Gosh dangit.  I really wanted to get back home before he passed, I think the hubby would have really enjoyed meeting him.  I got a chance to talk to his son and he spoke so very highly of his dad.  I told his son that when we got back to Philly we would all meet up as it would just be a complete honor...

He is in awesome company up there and I just lit a candle in his memory..

Hopefully my hometown shows him a proper sending off...
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Another warrior gone to Valhalla
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Another warrior gone to Valhalla
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Link Posted: 3/9/2014 5:39:24 PM EDT
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