“Wild Bill” Guarnere just passed away at the age of 90. He was one of the Band of Brothers, the 101st Airborne who trained in Toccoa, Georgia, and as a paratrooper, was one of the first ones in Europe just before the D-Day landings. (That's Wild Bill on the left in the photo above). If you are not able to view the video below, let me just say that this was from 2008 and he and some of his "brothers" from his army days were going over to see the troops in Iraq. He also talks about a book...and it is "Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends" and it is written by Bill Guarnere and Babe Heffron. Mr. Heffron died in December of 2013 and now, Wild Bill is gone.
CURRAHEE! That was the motto that the men used, it is an Indian word which means "Stand Alone", which is just what the paratroopers did, as they parachuted into enemy lines just before the men stormed the beaches in Normandy...the army camp where they trained in Toccoa was in the shadow of a mountain and it is the lone high spot in that region, thus its name, "Mt. Currahee".
All respect and honor to Wild Bill, his very good friend, Babe Heffron and to all the Band of Brothers.