"i'll Be Seeing You" Now On Sale! A new print, hand signed!
Posted 13 June 2012 - 07:27 PM
William J. Guarnere, known as Wild Bill Guarnere, was born on the 28th of April 1923. He was born and raised in South Philadelphia. Bill had 6 brothers and 3 sisters and he was the youngest. Bill was the only child that finished high school. During high school he worked midnight shift in a factory that produced Sherman tanks. In 1938, his mother sent him for special army training at a summer camp. Bill joined the new parachute training at Camp Toccoa in 1942. At the end of 1943 after 2 years of hard training they were shipped to england, where preparations for D-Day started.
Bill was very close with his brother Henry. When he learned of his death, Bill was extremely distraught. Bill became furious and swore that he’d kill every German soldier in Europe. That is where he got the nickname "Wild Bill" Guarnere. Later on D-Day, 12 men of easy Company had orders to take out guns (‘Silencing the guns’) at Brecourt Manor. Bill was one of the 12 men. For this action Bill received a Silver star.
About the Artist
Joel Iskowitz is one of few living artists to have had his artwork displayed in the Pentagon, the Capitol and the White House. He has created artwork for three decades that has graced the covers of books, periodicals, journals, public spaces, coins and postage stamps worldwide. He has won numerous awards and continues to present his artwork in illustrated lectures at universities and professional organizations. He specializes in highly realistic art resulting from extensive research to make his designs as accurate as possible.
You can get the print at http://wildbillguarn...-be-seeing-you/ The print is being sold for $150.00 plus $15.00 shipping until July 31st, after which the price will increase. These are being sold in a limited run!
Posted 18 June 2012 - 09:58 AM
May I ask about the cemetery Gino, is it where Henry was laid to rest after the Italian campaign ?
Posted 19 June 2012 - 06:00 AM
Gene, yes that is quite a heart rending picture when you take time to sit back, look at it, and remember that the "young men" lain there were just as vital, fun-loving, strong and determined as those whom went on to survive the remainder of the war. Its also a potent sign of "brotherhood" that your Dad had visited his mates way back in 1987.
I bet the original in all its glory looks superb !