One of the last of an aging and dying breed

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Publisher's note:  America lost another of the Greatest Generation yesterday.  Anyone that has seen or heard of the movie 'Band of Brothers' should be familiar with Mr. Guarnere, as his story was a prominent part in that saga of bravery that played out during the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes Forest near the end of WWII so long ago.  

We can never thank them enough, nor do I believe we will ever have the sort of national pride that the Greatest Generation mustered to defeat our enemies and make the world safer for a while.

Rest in Eternal Peace William 'Wild Bill' Guanere.  The Patriots Press joins our nation in saluting you. 

Fox News:  William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, one of the World War II veterans whose exploits were dramatized in the TV miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died. He was 90.

His son, William Guarnere Jr., confirmed Sunday that his father died at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Guarnere was rushed to the hospital early Saturday and died of a ruptured aneurysm early Saturday night.

The younger Guarnere told FoxNews.com that like so many of his generation, "Wild Bill" didn't talk about his service, even though he lost his leg in combat.

"All we knew was he lost his leg, and that was it," William Guarnere Jr. said. "People knew more about (his service) than we did."

The HBO miniseries, based on a book by Stephen Ambrose, followed the members of Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division from training in Georgia in 1942 through some of the war's fiercest European battles through the war's end in 1945.  

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Sam Berns, teen inspiration to thousands passes

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Publisher's note:  Although I had been aware of him and his affliction with the rare medical condition known as Progeria Syndrome, I never had the opportunity to meet Sam Berns, and it seems unfitting to publish his story, one filled with so much life, under this column heading.  You see, Sam Berns wasn’t your average teen; he wasn’t caught up in his own plight.  Instead, Sam lived his all too short life richly as an inspiration to everyone he came into contact with.  Never letting his condition get him down, he remained positive, upbeat, and he taught all those who knew and knew of him a new perspective.  

When so many of us get frazzled by such little things as the inconvenience of missing out on the early bird special at our local diner, or finding out they made our coffee wrong when we’re a mile away from the coffee shop; the memory of Sam Berns and so many others that cope with daily end of life struggles should stand as a stark reminder of just how truly blessed we all are.

The Patriots Press extends our deepest. heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of this brave young man who touched so many lives.  Rest in Peace Sam Berns. 

Fox News:  A Massachusetts teen credited with inspiring legions through his brave fight against an extremely rare illness died Friday -- one day before he was to serve as honorary captain for the New England Patriots’ at a playoff game.  

MyFoxBoston reports Sam Berns, 17, died from complications related to Progeria syndrome, a genetic disorder that debilitates approximately 1-in-8 million children with stunted growth, rapidly advanced, or premature, aging, and the deterioration of one’s organs uncharacteristically early in life. 

“I loved Sam Berns and am richer for having known him,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft wrote in a statement following Berns’ death on Friday night.

“He was a special young man whose inspirational story and positive outlook on life touched my heart. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to spend time with him and to get to know his incredible family.”

Berns, a Foxboro High School junior, was the subject of a 2013 HBO documentary about his family’s dogged search for a cure, called "Life According to Sam."

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In Memoriam

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There is nothing I can add to the information surrounding the event of that fateful day, so I felt it would be my tribute to President Kennedy to share my experience and memory of that day.

I was just a child in the fourth grade living in Lynn, Massachusetts; and while I didn’t fully understand what it meant, like so many others, I will never forget that day or days that followed.

The news came into our classroom via a messenger and class was promptly dismissed.  The President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, had been shot.  As always after the school day, we went straight home, and as the day wore on and the news streamed in over our small black and white TV, my family and I were glued to the unfolding drama as Walter Cronkite kept a weeping nation apprised of the breaking developments.

We learned of his death, and we watched as the succession of power took place live as LBJ took the oath of office.  Never far from view was the now widowed first lady.  The epitome of grace throughout the entire episode, Jackie Kennedy held her composure as few could have.  I guess she felt that the nation needed her to be the face of strength in a time of immense personal and national tragedy.  She would have been correct; had she broken down, the sadness would have been even more unimaginable.

In the days that followed, we witnessed the suspect, Lee Harvey Oswald, shot to death in a Dallas Police Station by an up to that moment in time unknown businessman named Jack Ruby.  

We then sat dumb founded as one accusation and one theory after the other poured in up to the day of the funeral procession, and those theories have never stopped.  We watched as the procession passed the first family and Little John saluted the casket.  I remember feeling so badly for that poor kid.

The years have passed, and our nation has moved on as much as possible.  However, the lingering questions remain and we may never know the whole truth or the real impact of his untimely death.

The Patriots Press joins the rest of America in remembering you and honoring you on the 50th anniversary of passing.

Rest in Peace Mr. President.  Thank you for your life-long service to our nation.  

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Oldest WWII Medal of Honor Hero Dies

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Publisher's note:  All of our military are heroes and we can never thank them enough; Friday, we lost the oldest surviving WWII Medal of Honor Recipient.  

Sgt. Nicholas Oresko, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and was awarded the MOH for his gallantry when he eliminated two enemy machine gun bunkers under heavy fire, died Friday.  Thank you Sgt. Oresko, your service and sacrifices will never be forgotten.  Rest in eternal peace soldier.

New Jersey Journal:  The country’s oldest Medal of Honor recipient and arguably “Bayonne’s most famous” citizen, Nicholas Oresko, died Friday night at Englewood Hospital, according to The Record.

“He’s one of the most famous people ever to come out of Bayonne,” said City Council President Terry Ruane. “It makes me proud (to be from Bayonne). It’s a sad day and God bless him.”

Oresko, 96, who was living in Cresskill at the time of his death, received his Medal of Honor on Oct. 30, 1945 after he single-handedly killed 12 German soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge.

While his unit was pinned down by enemy fire, Oresko rushed the Germans and threw a grenade into their bunker, killing everyone inside.

Oresko’s actions were honored by his hometown in 2010, after the city named the former School 14 at Avenue E and 24th Street in his honor.

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Jack ‘Angel’ Regan, Patriot Guard Rider...Rest in Peace

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Early Saturday morning, a real man, a true Patriot, and a member of the Patriot Guard Riders was on his way to take part in an Honor Guard Mission for WWII veterans on the Treasure Coast.  While on the way to that mission, Jack 'Angel’ Regan, a dedicated member of the PGR and a 'Ride Captain in Training’ was rear ended by another motorist on I 95 and very sadly killed.

Like so many regular citizens, Jack was not well known or famous outside of his circle of family, friends, and associates; but he should have been.

When not honoring fallen soldiers, veterans, police and firefighters, or doing any of the other other valiant and amazing work done by the Patriot Guard Riders, Jack and his wife Debbie were co-founders and operated Service Dogs and Warriors.com.  The sole purpose of this wonderful organization is to obtain and train service dogs for disabled veterans, police, fire-fighters, and others who are unable to afford the costs of obtaining one on their own.  Jack had an affinity for dogs, and the last one he trained, named Hank, was one he became particularly attached to and cried when he had to send him on.

For more information about Jack, Service Dogs and Warriors.com, or 'Hank’ and to make a donation if you choose to, you may visit the website here.

Everyone that knew Jack is mourning the loss of this great man, and one of the most touching letters I have received honoring him is this one from Mr. Richard ‘Whistler’ Little:

"Our brother and one of my closest friends Jack "Angel" Regan, was killed on I-95 @ 0300 hrs today. He was on his way to the 0400 Honor Flight Mission for our WWII veterans in the Treasure Coast.  I am deeply saddened and in tears by this and urge all to pray for him and his wife he left behind. Jack was one of the most caring, giving and honest individuals I have ever known...he will be sorely missed and always remembered.  We love ya Jack; Hank will miss you and never forget you.”

I did not have the privilege of knowing Jack 'Angel’ Regan, however I do know many members of the Patriot Guard Riders, what they do, and the kind of men and women they are, and I am honored to call them friends.

The Patriots Press joins all of the Patriot Guard Riders and the entire South Florida Community in saluting this amazing American Patriot.  

Rest in peace Jack 'Angel’ Regan, and enjoy that endless Heavenly ride.

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