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The Greatest Generations Foundation

” 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 .


Daily Video 2.25.13

Live Action Combat Footage | Helmet Cam | Soliders Engage Taliban Snipers

” Members of the 101st Airborne engage Taliban snipers with .50 cal and AT4 shoulder Fired Rocket. Filmed from the roof of a building in Zhari District, Kandahar, Afghanistan. Taliban snipers have become very bold in this area, sitting only a 100 yards away and taking shots at anything that moves. They did not expect the .50 cal that was placed on the roof top overnight. Make sure to leave a rate, comment/s, and subscribe for more videos! ”

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‘Dirty Dozen’ WWII Hero Dies

” James “Jake” McNiece, a World War II hero whose leadership inspired the 1967 film “The Dirty Dozen,” died Monday at the age of 93.

The Oklahoman reported:

Hours before the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion, McNiece led 18 paratroopers behind enemy lines to destroy two bridges and control a third to prevent German reinforcements from moving into Normandy and to cut off retreating German troops. Sixteen of his men were killed during the 36-day mission, in which they also cut enemy communications and supply lines.

France presented McNiece with the Legion of Honor Medal, France’s highest order, in September. ”

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Fear Not Option In Alamodome Rappel



” The Alamodome is not for the faint of heart, at least when rappelling from the ceiling to the artificial turf, 180 feet below.

But nine rappelling instructors from the 101st Airborne Division Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, Ky., did just that multiple times around midnight, Jan. 2, as part of their practice preparation for a very big event Jan. 5.

That big event is the U.S. Army All-American Bowl game, where about 90 of the nation’s top-ranked high school football players will compete in the annual East-West game, Jan. 5.

Before the game begins at 1 p.m. EST, the plan is for four of the Soldiers to rappel; four to be on belay control, holding the end of the rope to prevent a free fall or too rapid a descent; and one rappel master, who will harness the Soldiers and ensure the ropes are securely fastened to the ceiling support structure.

The four will rappel simultaneously. They’ll be wearing camera helmets to video their head-down “Australian style” descent and one of them will be carrying the football game ball to deliver to the referees at the start of the game.

Watching them will be some 40,000 spectators, as well as many more on television. “