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Easy Company Soldier: The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from World War II's "Band of Brothers"

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Sgt. Don Malarkey takes us not only into the battles fought from Normandy to Germany, but into the heart and mind of a soldier who beat the odds to become an elite paratrooper, and lost his best friend during the nightmarish engagement at Bastogne.

Drafted in 1942, Malarkey arrived at Camp Toccoa in Georgia and was one of the one in six soldiers who earned their Eagle wings. He went to England in 1943 to provide cover on the ground for the largest amphibious military attack in history: Operation Overlord. In the darkness of D-day morning, Malarkey parachuted into France and within days was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroism in battle. He fought for twenty-three days in Normandy, nearly eighty in Holland, thirty-nine in Bastogne, and nearly thirty more in and near Haugenau, France, and the Ruhr pocket in Germany.

This is his dramatic tale of those bloody days fighting his way from the shores of France to the heartland of Germany, and the epic story of how an adventurous kid from Oregon became a leader of men.

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"Don Malarkey: an outstanding soldier in combat, a gentleman with the memory of an elephant who I always will consider to be an esteemed friend." Dick Winters, Commander of Easy Company and author of the New York Times bestseller Beyond Band of Brothers

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"First of all, you're going to love this book. Mortar Sgt., second platoon, Don Malarkey...together, we were the best (not bragging). In training and in combat, we never had any problems. We've been friends for life, over sixty-five years. He's my hero." William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, member of Easy Company and co-author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends

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"Very conscientious, very compassionate. We had great men in Easy Company and Don was one of the best. When I joined the men [in England], he took care of me like I was a Currahee man. He was a dead shot with the mortar." Ed "Babe" Heffron, member of Easy Company and co-author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends

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"Don Malarkey is a staunch patriot who truly understands the principles for which we fought. He contributed his all in building the reputation of the 101st Airborne as a great fighting unit. His life today epitomizes the standards to which all good Americans should strive to emulate." Lt. Buck Compton, member of Easy Company and author of Call of Duty

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This is the harrowing memoir of a Band of Brothers soldier who spent more consecutive days in combat than any other member of the Easy Company.

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Drafted in 1942, Malarkey arrived at Camp Toccoa in Georgia and was one of the one in six soldiers who earned their Eagle wings. He went to England in 1943 to provide cover on the ground for the largest amphibious military attack in history: Operation Overlord. In the darkness of D-day morning, Malarkey parachuted into France and within days was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroism in battle. He fought for thirty-five days in Normandy, nearly eighty in Holland, thirty-nine in Bastogne, and nearly thirty more in and near Haugenau, France, and the Ruhr pocket in Germany.

This is his dramatic tale of those bloody days fighting his way from the shores of France to the heartland of Germany, and the epic story of how an adventurous kid from Oregon became an elite paratrooper and a leader of men.

About the Author

Don Malarkey was born in 1921 and grew up in Astoria, Oregon. After trying to enlist in several branches of the service, he was drafted in 1942 and spent more consecutive days in combat than any other member of E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division — the most recognized fighting unit in American history. Today he lives in Oregon.

Bob Welch is a nationally recognized author and journalist whose book American Nightingale, about the first nurse to die in World War II after the landings at Normandy, was featured on ABC's Good Morning America and was an Oregon Book Award finalist. He lives in Oregon.

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Slabby31, June 24, 2008 (view all comments by Slabby31)
A very good read. As a career military man, I am forever in awe of the men of the "Greatest Generation", that fought to preserve World Freedom. SGT Malarkey's eye witness account of the deeds of Company E, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne is compelling. I have read Ambrose's "Band of Brothers" and "Citizen Soldiers" as well, but found this book so much better. I will be getting the other men's (E Co. "alumni) books and see how they compare to this. I very much recommend this to all.
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foxes, June 8, 2008 (view all comments by foxes)
Don Malarkey is a wonderful person. This book will blow you out of your seat. He has written it so well and if feels as if you actually know Skip Muck, etc. Once you read this book, you will go out and purchase more for family members or as a gift and they will not be disappointed.
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Finario, May 1, 2008 (view all comments by Finario)
Any reader will be richly rewarded, regardless of whether they have read a single paragraph of Stephen Ambrose's* Band of Brothers* or seen any of the Tom Hanks/Steven Speilberg HBO award winning mini-series, by this well told story of an American life. Don Malarkey's autobiography poignantly tells how the legacy of the first World War, the devastating impact of the Great Depression on his father and his family, and other events molded his character and provided the drive and discipline that took a young man from a small town at the mouth of the Columbia River to a decorated war hero. It is a tale of honor, courage and loyalty to his comrades, love challenged by the isolation of war and the toll of battle and its scars, invisible yet no less haunting.

Co-author, longtime Oregon newspaper columnist and author Bob Welch, does a fine job of crafting Malarkey's journey through war and remembrance.
Malarkey's love of his home state Oregon is an ever present theme conveyed through vivid description providing the reader with a shared sense of place with the author.

As a member of Easy Company, experiencing the highest number of days on the front line in the company, Malarkey tells not only the battlefield events in fine detail, and there are many, but also the war as seen through the eyes of a compassionate comrade. He revels in his deep bonds with those Easy Company members whose heroism was not included in previous books, such as Rod Bain, Tom Burgess and others. The loss of best friend Skip Muck looms large. Malarkey also seeks to set the record straight on soldiers ballyhooed in other tomes at the expense of heroes who have gone unrecognized..

As one of Malarkey's own heroes, Winston Churchill said "...never, never, never, never give up", the reader will readily understand that Malarkey never did. This book will serve as an inspiration to all. After reading it, I realized that no challenge I will probably ever face be as great or horrific as those encountered by Easy Company in battle or Don Malarkey in life.

When you open this book, be prepared for a long read; I found it impossible to put down until the final page.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312378493
Subtitle:
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Author:
Don Malarkey and Bob Welch
With:
Welch, Bob
Author:
Malarkey, Don
Author:
Welch, Bob
Author:
Lloyd, John Bedford
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Subject:
Military - Veterans
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080513
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 CD, 8 hrs
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.28 x 5.48 x 0.855 in
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 288 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312378493 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Don Malarkey: an outstanding soldier in combat, a gentleman with the memory of an elephant who I always will consider to be an esteemed friend." Dick Winters, Commander of Easy Company and author of the New York Times bestseller Beyond Band of Brothers
"Review" by , "First of all, you're going to love this book. Mortar Sgt., second platoon, Don Malarkey...together, we were the best (not bragging). In training and in combat, we never had any problems. We've been friends for life, over sixty-five years. He's my hero." William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, member of Easy Company and co-author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends
"Review" by , "Very conscientious, very compassionate. We had great men in Easy Company and Don was one of the best. When I joined the men [in England], he took care of me like I was a Currahee man. He was a dead shot with the mortar." Ed "Babe" Heffron, member of Easy Company and co-author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends
"Review" by , "Don Malarkey is a staunch patriot who truly understands the principles for which we fought. He contributed his all in building the reputation of the 101st Airborne as a great fighting unit. His life today epitomizes the standards to which all good Americans should strive to emulate."
"Synopsis" by , This is the harrowing memoir of a Band of Brothers soldier who spent more consecutive days in combat than any other member of the Easy Company.
"Synopsis" by ,

Drafted in 1942, Malarkey arrived at Camp Toccoa in Georgia and was one of the one in six soldiers who earned their Eagle wings. He went to England in 1943 to provide cover on the ground for the largest amphibious military attack in history: Operation Overlord. In the darkness of D-day morning, Malarkey parachuted into France and within days was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroism in battle. He fought for thirty-five days in Normandy, nearly eighty in Holland, thirty-nine in Bastogne, and nearly thirty more in and near Haugenau, France, and the Ruhr pocket in Germany.

This is his dramatic tale of those bloody days fighting his way from the shores of France to the heartland of Germany, and the epic story of how an adventurous kid from Oregon became an elite paratrooper and a leader of men.

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