Band of Brothers Loses One

Guarnere in the 1940s and Hughes in "Band of Brothers" (HBO)

Guarnere in the 1940s and Hughes in “Band of Brothers” (HBO)

One of my favorite television mini-series—and arguably one of the best in the history of cable television—was HBO’s Band of Brothers. The series followed the members of Easy Company—part of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne division—as they fought through Europe during World War II.

And in terms of war-related drama and action, it simply doesn’t get any better.

Unfortunately, one of the “brothers” has passed away. SSgt. William “Wild Bill” Guarnere—portrayed on-screen by actor Frank John Hughes—died of a ruptured aneurism on Saturday night. He was 90 years old.

Guarnere and Hughes finally meet (HBO)

Guarnere and Hughes finally meet (HBO)

“He lived a good life,” Guarnere’s son said the morning after his death. “He traveled a lot [and] pretty much did everything he could have done.”

One of those things was serving our great nation and even losing a leg while trying to save one of his battlefield comrades. The best word to describe Guarnere—and I know of no one who might dispute this—is hero. And that is exactly what the world lost this weekend.

Rest in peace, Wild Bill. And thanks for everything…

Posted on March 10, 2014, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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