Tag Archive: Invasion Of Normandy

Two Local WWII Heroes Will Be Honored In Bronze


World War II veterans Bill Guamere (left) and "Babe" Heffron.




” Seventy years ago, he parachuted into a ferocious gun battle raging across the town square of Sainte-Mere-Eglise. Everywhere, buildings were ablaze and bullets zipped through the air.

  Army Sgt. William “Wild Bill” Guarnere couldn’t wait to get into the fight during the Normandy invasion and avenge his brother Henry, killed by the Germans in Italy.

  He later parachuted into Holland with fellow South Philadelphia native Edward “Babe” Heffron during Operation Market Garden, one the largest drops of airborne troops in history.

  They also fought together during the Battle of the Bulge, where Guarnere lost a leg to artillery fire while trying to save a comrade.

  But Wild Bill and Babe – portrayed in the 2001 HBO miniseries Band of Brothers – probably never thought they’d also be portrayed in bronze in their hometown.”


Philly.com has the whole story










D-Day Daily Videos 6.6.13





1944 D-day in Color! New Outstanding Footage 1 of 3

1944 D-day in Color! New Outstanding Footage 2 of 3

1944 D-day in Color! New Outstanding Footage 3 of 3





D-Day 6/6/44



Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower 



”  I’m not sending a bunch of fresh young kids to die for a people they no nothing about, I’m asking them to die for freedom and they’re ready to do it and that’s why they’re heroes.”