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Obit of the Day: Band of Brothers’ “Wild Bill” Guarnere
William “Wild Bill” Guarnere’s first combat jump as a member of the 101st Airborne Divison was on June 6, 1944 - D-Day. Mr Guarnere, who enlisted in 1942, was assigned to the 506th Parachute Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Easy Company, known famously as the “Band of Brothers.”
Mr. Guarnere earned his nickname for his somewhat reckless attacks on German soldiers during and after the D-Day invasion. He had developed a personal animosity for the Nazis after his brother Henry was killed by Germans in the battle of Monte Cassino.
On June 6, Mr. Guarnere fired first on a platoon of Germans who were bringing supplies forward, killing most of them himself. Later in the day under the leadership of Lt. Richard “Dick” Winters, Mr. Guarnere was promoted on-field to staff sergeant and helped lead a platoon of 11 men against four German howitzers and their crews of 50. Even facing overwhelming numbers Mr. Guarnere and his troops won the day.
Several months later Mr. Guarnere was shot in the leg and placed in a cast to recover in a military hospital. Desperate to return to Easy Company, the sergeant painted his cast black with shoe polish and walked out of the hospital in extreme pain. He did not get far. Recognized by an officer Mr. Guarnere was court-martialed and demoted to private and forced to return to the hospital.
Able to earn an early release after threatening to go AWOL again, Mr. Guarnere returned to Easy Company in time for the last major German offensive - The Battle of the Bulge - in the winter of 1944. During the battle, Mr. Guarnere was hit by artillery while trying to save another soldier. He would lose his right leg and be sent stateside for the remainder of the war.
When all was said and done, Mr. Guarnere earned a Silver Star (one of only two earned in Easy Company during the war), two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts.
Mr. Guarnere and the other members of Easy Company entered the popular consciousness with the 1992 publication of Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers and gained even broader fame with the premiere of the HBO miniseries of the same name in 2001. “Wild Bill” was portrayed by Frank John Hughes in the series.
In 2007, Mr. Guarnere and fellow member of E Company, Edward “Babe” Heffron, co-wrote (with journalist Robyn Post) Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends: Two WWII Paratroopers from the Original Band of Brothers Tell Their Story, which became a best seller.
"Wild Bill" Guarnere died on March 8, 2014 at the age of 90.
At the time of his death, there are 19 members of Easy Company still alive.
Sources: Miami Herald and Wikipedia
(Image of William “Wild Bill” Guarnere, circa 1941-1944, is courtesy of letterstoeasycompany.tumblr.com)
Other members of the Band of Brothers featured on Obit of the Day:
Edward “Babe” Heffron - Passed away on December 1, 2013
1st Lieutenant “Buck” Compton - officer in E Company who later prosecuted Sirhan Sirhan for the murder of Sen. Robert Kennedy
Frank Perconte - The oldest living member of Easy Company when he passed away in October 2013
Capt. Richard “Dick” Winters - an interview I posted after his passing in 2011
Anxiety, depression, and the fear of addiction to pills.
The cure is also the curse.
02/23 Progress Calendar! I knocked off almost all the remaining daily events this weekend, so now it’s pretty much all story bits left.
Green days are set to go. The white gaps in the green days are available space where events can be shifted around. I plan to take next weekend and do a thorough test run to see how well-balanced the days are so far, so if it seems like some days are too crowded I can shift some stuff around to the available spaces.
I’m sure I’ll discover all kinds of additional writing that needs to be done when I do the test run, but that’s next weekend’s problem. I hope to be able to start the ball rolling on art toward the end of March/early April? Only slightly behind schedule!
light at the end of the tunnel _(:3/L)_
A package arrived from strangestquiet today and it was full of AMAZING THINGS, I’m still just barely resisting the urge to roll around on the floor and cover my face while I squeal in delight. SO MANY BEAUTIFUL PRINTS!!
- MAGICA BOYS augh jesus christ I’m gonna eat my fist these are so pretty
- A shadow Souji print which immediately turned me into trash
- CUTE FAMILY ART THAT IS ALSO LIKE A PUNCH TO THE GUT (i expect no less)
- Cute dumb high school boys kissing which sent me reeling back to a time when I was first discovering P4’s fandom and its artists
several years ago
- CUTE SMALL PRINTS from playerprophet too AHHH I’ve been admiring those tarot card prints because WHAT A COOL IDEA. Also cute Dangans and Free! yeeee (how did you know all our favs from those…)
THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH YEEEEEE I’m so pleased I’m gonna die. Someday we’ll work out the con thing!! But this is so nice and I don’t even know how to deal, they will be treasured and put up on the wall VERY SOON.
I COME HOME FROM WORK TO A PILE OF IMAGE-CUTE-ARTIST-FRIEND-SOUYO-FREE!-AND-DANGAN-FEELS. I could attempt to describe more, but all you’re likely to get right now is only vaguely coherent screaming.
THANK YOU! Weh, I’m still sad about Katsu, but SOMEDAY. Yes. This was a great surprise, I’m blown away.
Sorry for the delay in response! My first shirt was a vector that Line did for me, that was just printed out and then ironed onto a plain white v-neck (I painted the cuffs/neckline grey), and the second one was from Redbubble here, again with the neck and cuffs painted. I got the XS size and it’s still baggy on me, but the screen printing is ink-injected, so it’s super nice and washable, unlike the old one.