Statue of 'Band of Brothers' veteran to be unveiled

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 18, 2015 8:49 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- A statue of a World War II veteran whose story was dramatized in the TV miniseries "Band of Brothers" is being unveiling in suburban Philadelphia.

The eight-foot bronze statue of William "Wild Bill" Guarnere debuts Saturday at the Delaware County Veterans Memorial Park in Newtown Square.

Guarnere was a south Philadelphia native who lived there until he died last year at 90. His granddaughter will sing ``God Bless America'' at the unveiling ceremony.

The HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers" followed Guarnere and fellow members of Easy Company, part of the 101st Airborne Division, through some of World War II's most ferocious European battles.

Guarnere lost a leg while trying to help a wounded soldier during the Battle of the Bulge. He was portrayed by actor Frank John Hughes.

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