Wild Bill on One Leg.

Band of Brothers: Wild Bill on One Leg

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Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

In 2015, a year after his death, Philadelphia unveiled a bronze statue of William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, who'd been born in South Philadelphia and became famous as one of the "Band of Brothers" who fought the Nazis in the closing year of World War II.

The statue depicted Wild Bill as a young man, which made sense given that he was a young man in his Philadelphia years.

But Wild Bill's family was unhappy; it wasn't the Wild Bill that they knew. So later that same year they had their own bronze Wild Bill statue unveiled, in his latter-day hometown of Newtown Square. It depicts him as he looked as an an older man, in a well-worn and wrinkled uniform, on one leg supported by two canes. He'd lost the other leg to a German artillery shell during the Battle of the Bulge.

Band of Brothers: Wild Bill on One Leg

Delaware County Veterans Memorial

4599 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA
Delaware County Veterans Memorial. On the north side of PA-3/West Chester Pike about two miles west of Newtown Square. Turn north when you see the flags, then make a quick right. The Wild Bill statue is hidden behind the Veterans Memorial.
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