‘Band of Brothers’ WWII vet William ‘Wild Bill’ Guarnere dies at 90 (VIDEO + PHOTOS)


World War II veteran William “Wild Bill” Guarnere gives a salute during a Veterans Day Parade in Media, Pa. in 2004.

William “Wild Bill” Guarnere, a World War II veteran whose character was portrayed in the HBO series “Band of Brothers,” died Saturday night at 90 years old.

Guarnere was part of Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division — a group of troops renown for their steely resolve during combat. He took part in the Battle of the Bulge and saw combat from 1941 up until the end of the war in 1945. “Wild Bill’s” exploits were later immortalized in the television series “Band of Brothers” and after suffering a ruptured aneurysm, he passed away at the Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Daily Mail reports.

Guarnere lost a leg while rushing to the aid of a wounded soldier during the Battle of the Bulge, earning him his illustrious nickname “Wild Bill.” During his service, Guarnere was awarded the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts.

In 2001, HBO began the critically acclaimed mini-series “Band of Brothers,” chronicling Guarnere’s and the rest of Easy Company’s journey through Europe. Actor Frank John Hughes played Guarnere.

With the passing of “Wild Bill,” it is believed there are only three surviving members of the original band of brothers.

Guarnere’s son, William Guarnere Jr., said his father “had a good, long life.”

William Guarnere after he left the hospital

Guarnere lost a leg while trying to help a wounded soldier. This photo was reportedly taken after he left the hospital.


Guarnere poses for a photo with actor Frank John Hughes, who played his character in the “Band of the Brothers.”


Guarnere in his younger days.


Frank John Hughes playing Guarnere in “Band of Brothers.”


[ Daily Mail ]

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