published Sunday, March 9th, 2014

'Band of Brothers' vet William Guarnere dies at 90



Bill Guarnere, 81, salutes as he participates in the Veterans Day parade in Media, Pa. in this 2004, file photo. Guarnere was a member of the famed World War II Easy Company unit known as "The Band of Brothers."
Bill Guarnere, 81, salutes as he participates in the Veterans Day parade in Media, Pa. in this 2004, file photo. Guarnere was a member of the famed World War II Easy Company unit known as "The Band of Brothers."
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

PHILADELPHIA — William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, one of the World War II veterans whose exploits were dramatized in the TV miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died at the age of 90.

Guarnere's son, William Guarnere Jr., confirmed Sunday that his father died at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Guarnere was rushed to the hospital early Saturday and died of a ruptured aneurysm early Saturday night.

The HBO miniseries was based on a book by Stephen Ambrose and followed the members of Easy Company from training in Georgia in 1942 through the war's end in 1945. Guarnere's combat exploits earned him the nickname Wild Bill and he lost a leg trying to help a wounded solider.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete.

about Luis Carrasco...

Luis F. Carrasco joined the Times Free Press in 2007 as managing editor for Noticias Libres, a Spanish-language weekly covering East Tennessee and Northwest Georgia, before transitioning in 2010 to the Times Free Press webdesk. He has previously worked as an assistant city editor at the El Paso Times, where he also was a pop culture columnist and blogger, and was the founding managing editor for El Diario de El Paso, a Spanish-language daily published ...

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