MULTNOMAH COUNTY, OR (KPTV)  A well-known World War II veteran who belonged to the Band of Brothers was laid to rest on Tuesday with full military honors at the Willamette National Cemetery near Portland.

William T. Wingett—better known as Billdied earlier this month at 98 years old. Wingett was born in Spokane but lived in Salem for a long time. He died at a home for veterans in Lebanon.

Wingett was one of the last living in what is known as the Band of Brothers. Formally, it was the Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.

Wingett joined the military right after Pearl Harbor. He served in the Army and was a paratrooper and machine gunner. He jumped out of a plane into Normandy on D-Day and was wounded three times during his service.

Wingett was later awarded a bronze star and three purple hearts.

During his memorial, the Oregon National Guard played the traditional taps. Wingett comes from a family of veterans. His father served and his four brothers enlisted with him the day after Pearl Harbor.

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Janni

RIP dear sir my dad was also a vet and is buried at that cemetery as well with full military honors.[thumbup][beam][thumbup]

Cat of the Canals

The Greatest Generation, despite all of their abhorrent racism, sexism, systemic child abuse, etc etc. If not for them, The Man in the High Castle would be real.

Polysubway

Am going to read about the Band of Brothers. Bless you for your service.

Delta85

I met this man I listen to his stories I wish he could have talk for hours they were so interesting to hear.

May he R I P your country is forever grateful!

Royce

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

RIP Bull - Respect.

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