William “Wild Bill” Guarnere, heroic World War II paratrooper, passed away earlier this year. He was 90 years old.

Actor Frank John Hughes, who portrayed Guarnere in HBO’s “Band of Brothers,” called that role “the greatest honor of my life.” Hughes was fortunate enough to develop a close relationship with Guarnere, and today, on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, he is paying tribute to his hero and friend:

And to all the brave men who fought and died so that we could be free:

Amen.

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