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    Default 'Band of Brothers' vet William Guarnere dies at 90

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, one of the World War II veterans whose exploits were dramatized in the TV miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died. He was 90
    His 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.
    "He had a good, long life," his son said.
    The HBO miniseries, based on a book by Stephen Ambrose, followed the members of Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division from training in Georgia in 1942 through some of the war's fiercest European battles through the war's end in 1945.
    Its producers included Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. Guarnere was portrayed by the actor Frank John Hughes.
    Guarnere, whose combat exploits earned him his nickname, lost a leg while trying to help a wounded solider during the Battle of the Bulge. His commendations included the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts.
    In 2007, Guarnere helped write a nationally best-selling memoir called, "Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends," with fellow south Philadelphian veteran Edward J. "Babe" Heffron and journalist Robyn Post.
    William Guarnere Jr. said his father and Heffron met during the war and remained friends until Heffron died in December.
    "Now they're together again," the son said.
    Jake Powers, who operates a Band of Brothers tour company in Grafton, Mass., said Guarnere worked behind the scenes to ensure that his comrades received the recognition they deserved.
    "He did more things behind the scenes for other veterans than (for) himself," Powers said.
    Funeral arrangements were incomplete Sunday.
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    Rest in peace, Bill. You did your part. Thank you.
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    Wow, that a shame, but he definitely led a long life, and was a positive influence on the world. Definitely a giver. Rest in peace Brother Bill, for you have surely earned your place. Thank you for all you and your brethren did for America.

    On a side note, Bill always reminded me of a guy I was in the Marince Corps with. John Romaker. They weren't the same body type, but their faces were virtually identical. Can't watch Band of Brothers without thinking about that.
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    Rest in peace Bill. Heaven will be a safer place with you there.
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    Rest in Peace 'Wild Bill'.
    Your type is badly needed and surely missed.
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    May God reward him for his service and sacrifice for America.

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    RIP my 101st Brother you'll not be forgotten.

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