William “Wild Bill” Guarnere was the World War II veteran who, in 2007, wrote a national best-selling memoir called, “Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends,” with fellow veteran Edward J. “Babe” Heffron and journalist Robyn Post.
The book later became an HBO series, “Band of Brothers”. Wild Bill, whose exploits earned him the name, died Saturday at age 90 in Philadelphia from a ruptured aneurysm.
He described his exploits as a member of the 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division from his training in Georgia in 1942, through many of the fiercest battles to the end of the war in 1945.
He lost a leg helping a wounded soldier during the Battle of the Bulge. His commendations included the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts.
He returned from the war and moved into a row house in Philly where he spent the rest of his life. He worked in construction.
His son said he never talked about his exploits and others knew more about his service than he did. He said his father’s friend Babe Heffron, whom he met in the war, remained his friend throughout his life. Heffron died in December, and, the son said, “Now they’re together again.”
They fought for our freedom at the risk of their own lives.
Listen to Wild Bill and Babe sing and try not to cry:
I didn’t know them but I miss them. God bless you both. Rest in Peace.
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