Skip to comments.WW II Band Of Brothers War Hereo Wild Bill Guarnere Dies.
Posted on 03/09/2014 7:23:55 AM PDT by curth
Perhaps the most famous and popular of all members of WW II Easy Company, aka The Band Of Brothers, Wild Bill Guarnere, died on Saturday after suffering a stroke , in his home town of Philadelphia Pa.
Rest in peace
Slowly the WW2 generation is passing away. We shall never see their like again. rest in peace, gallant warriors.
Back with his Brothers again... RIP
Very soon, none will be left. And our world will be poorer for it.
Very soon after his good friend Babe Heffron ...
How true! Awesome men, awesome book, awesome series and man are they missed and appreciated. SALUTE!
You won’t regret it. The book is superb.
Incredible man and incredible group.
I sent the link to our 40 year old clan members, who were really into the show and what they did.
As one goes through life certain conflicting events stand out that attack one’s psyche. Ambrose does that for me. I often wonder if he ever regretted what he did. Maybe he did it because of insecurity at the time and never thought his writing would rise to the level it did. I do know that he did an excellent job of documenting the enlisted man’s fights in Europe, of Lewis & Clark’s expedition and the building of the transcontinental railroad. Not to mention being the driving force for the D-Day museum in New Orleans.
Guarnere received the Silver Star for combat during the Brecourt Manor Assault on D-Day, and was later decorated with two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts, making him one of only two Easy Company members (the other being Lynn Compton) to be awarded the Silver Star throughout the duration of the war while a member of Easy Company.
The muffled drum’s sad roll has beat
The soldier’s last tattoo;
No more on Life’s parade shall meet
That brave and fallen few.
On fame’s eternal camping ground
Their silent tents to spread,
And glory guards, with solemn round
The bivouac of the dead.
From Bivouac Of The Dead - By Theodore O’Hara
Had rest his soul
May God rest his brave soul
I have fought when others feared to serve.
I have gone where others failed to go.
I've lost friends in war and strife,
Who valued Duty more than love of life.
I have shared the comradeship of pain.
I have searched the lands for men that we have lost.
I have sons who served this land of liberty,
Who would fight to see that other stricken lands are free.
I have seen the weak forsake humanity.
I have heard the traitors praise our enemy.
I've seen challenged men become even bolder,
I've seen the Duty, Honor, Sacrifice of the Soldier.
Now I understand the meaning of our lives,
The loss of comrades not so very long ago.
So to you who have answered duties siren call,
May God bless you my son, may God bless you all.
RIP. I’m glad he became a celebrity of sorts after BoB, even though the series does what they always do with people from Philadelphia: give them New York accents. Robert DeNiro in Silver Linings Playbook was another example.
Sorry to hear of his passing.
As to the celebrity status that the book and series gave “Easy” Company, it’s too bad that couldn’t have been extended to a lot of other WWII vets.
News media finally reporting on Wild Bill: