” We are deeply saddened by the passing of World War II veteran Mr. William “Wild Bill” Guarnere, age of 90 and original member of Easy Company, Band of Brothers.
Guarnere was born in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in April 28 1923, to Italian parents Joseph and Augusta Guarnere, with ten other siblings. He attended Citizens Military Training Camp for three summers – (took 4 years to complete). His mother had lied to the owners that Guarnere was 17, when he was actually 15.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 31, and was put in Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, and was put in the Mortar Squad of 2nd Platoon. He went through rough training at Camp Toccoa, Georgia under Captain Herbert Sobel. After training at Camp Mackall, he and the 101st went to Aldbourne, England to await their next mission. “
” In Upottery, England, the night before the invasion of Normandy, Guarnere found out his brother was killed at Monte Casino, Italy. This gave Guarnere a desire for revenge.He made a parachute drop on D-Day Normandy, was separated from his company, and later successfully regrouped with the rest of the company. He fought during Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he got many jobs as a salesman, a clerk, and a carpenter. He eventually married a woman named Frances, and had two sons. On behalf of a grateful nation, we salute you for your dedication and service to your country.
Remember Those Who Served
The Greatest Generations Foundation
— with Timothy Davis.”
Readers can find a very informative biography of Staff Sergeant Guarnere’s military career at Together We Served . His awards included the Silver Star and the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf cluster and two Purple Hearts . God Speed Sgt . Thank you for your service .