Jamie Santora, the State Representative for the 163rd Legislative District of Pennsylvania, has cosponsored legislation with State Representative Mark Keller for the 86th Legislative District of Pennsylvania that would designate a section of Columbus Boulevard, between Oregon Avenue and Washington Avenue in the City of Philadelphia--Philadelphia County, as the William J. Guarnere and Edward James Heffron Memorial Boulevard.
According to Jamie Santora’s Facebook page the Memorial Boulevard will recognize Wild Bill’s and Babe’s “gallant service.”
These two paratroopers, from Philadelphia, were members of the elite unit of the 101st Airborne Division called Easy Company. The crack unit was called upon for every high-risk operation of the war, including D-Day, Operation Market Garden in Holland, the Battle of the Bulge, and the capture of Hitlers Eagle’s Nest in Berchtesgaden. Both men fought side by side until Guarnere lost his leg in the Battle of the Bulge and was sent home. Heffron went on to liberate concentration camps and take Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. They were united by their experience, reconnected after the war and remained best friends for the rest of their lives. The Wild Bill Memorial Fund proudly support this legislation as it will forever continue the lasting bond forged between comrades in arms and to all those who fought for freedom.
Thank you Representatives Jamie Santora and Mark Keller!!