VAV!/WASHINGTON, D.C./Thursday, Mar 27
U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) announced today they have introduced a resolution to honor the life and heroism of William "Wild Bill" Guarnere and the members of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. Wild Bill passed away on March 8, 2014.
Formed during World War II, Easy Company initially included 140 members, 12 of whom were Pennsylvanians. The courageous deeds of Easy Company during World War II were later immortalized in the "Band of Brothers" book and mini-series.
"Easy Company parachuted into Normandy, held fast in Bastogne, and liberated Dachau," said Sen. Toomey. "The unit has become a symbol of the incredible American effort in Europe and of the individuals who fought there. Philly's William "Wild Bill" Guarnere was one of the last of this Band of Brothers. He came home without a leg, eschewed the term hero and served as an advocate for veterans once they returned from the war. All Americans can be proud of this magnificent unit, which counted 12 original members from Pennsylvania."