Guarnere was a natural leader and one of the most respected noncommissioned officers in Easy Company. At Brecourt, he had done a magnificent job and I had recommended him for the Distinguished Service Cross. (The recommendation was subsequently downgraded to a Silver Star by higher headquarters as division seemed reluctant to approve too many recommendations for high awards for enlisted soldiers.) As it worked out, Guarnere and Lieutenant Compton were the only two men from Easy Company to receive Silver Stars during the entire war.
Richard Winters (Beyond Band of Brothers)
Ross and Frank John Hughes on the BoB set.
Courtesy of Ross’ twitter
“Even First Sgt. Lipton over there, he got a couple pieces of tank shell burst. One chunk in the face. Another chunk almost took out his nuts.”
Band of Brothers: Favorites Friendship → Bill Guarnere and Joe Toye. ♠
Band of Brothers: Funniest moments: One lucky bastard, Joe! (Day of Days) ♠
Band of Brothers: Favorite character (3): Sgt. “Wild” William J. Guarnere. (Frank John Hughes) ♠“Once we get into combat, they only people you can trust is yourself and the fella next to you.”