Corbett orders flags to half-staff to honor WWII veteran

William "Wild Bill" Guarnere passed away in Philadelphia Saturday at age 90.
HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY – Governor Corbett has ordered all U.S. and Pennsylvania flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Friday March 14th at the Capitol Complex and commonwealth facilities in Philadelphia county to honor a World War II veteran.

Philadelphia native William “Wild Bill” Guarnere died early Saturday morning from a ruptured aneurysm at Jefferson University Hospital at age 90.

Guarnere was a former non-commissioned officer with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne of the U.S. Army during World War II. He lost a leg trying to fellow soldier Joe Toye near Foy, Belgium.

Guarnere was portrayed by Frank John Hughes in the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers,” which was based on a book by Stephen Ambrose.

All Pennsylvanians are invited to join in this tribute.
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