Easy Company Soldier: The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from World War Ii's

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

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by Don Malarkey, Bob Welch
     
 

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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

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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.

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“First of all, you're going to love this book . . . 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 coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends

“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. Lynn "Buck" Compton, member of Easy Company and author of Call of Duty

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312563233
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/12/2009
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
269,408
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 5.46(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Don Malarkey was born in 1921 and grew up in Astoria, Oregon. 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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Easy Company Soldier 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
EricaNicole More than 1 year ago
Those familiar with Band of Brothers will enjoy this tale of history through the eyes of Sgt. Don Malarkey. As a fan of the book and the mini-series, as well as books by other men of Easy, I enjoyed gaining yet another perspective of the fight that these great men provided for our nation. Malarkey narrates in such a way that not only does the writing flow, but the reader actually gains an insight into his thoughts as they came. Some sentences/thoughts end abruptly as the reader experiences the uncertainty of war just as Malarkey did. A great read and a great read for anyone who has a curiosity to learn more of the fight in Europe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book in two nights. Thankfully several men of Easy Company plus other military soldiers of different battles have given us a first hand account of their experiences. I am 73 and remember when WW II started and can remember the Movietone news showing the initial start of Normandy, but the men have waited many years to become so real in what they survived plus the many who remained in Europe and the Pacific. Thanks to Mr. Welch and Don for publishing this account of his combat experiences plus constant adjustment upon returning. I tried to find an autographed book in Astoria several weeks ago but could not find one. I really think older generations plus the younger generations should read this to know who fought wars for us to live in the freedom we have today. Outstanding book. I would like to thank Don for his great knowledge of his combat experiences plus the integrity to give an honest account of Normandy, Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge. I enjoyed his statements of life at Eagle's Nest after the war ended. I would fly to Salem If I could meet Mr Malarkey. Gary Sedgwick
WWII-History-Fan More than 1 year ago
Just another well written first person view of the war to end all wars. Don Malarky does an excellent job depicting life, and death, of the combat hero before they were hereoes. How a bunch of average kids from around the country became such an elite unit of soldiers is unbelievable in today's society but then this group wasn't from today's society. They are the last great generation. There will never be another one like them.
lapd00duke More than 1 year ago
What I enjoyed about this book the most was how it caputured pre and post war life for Sgt Malarkey. I found it interesting to read about what led to his decision to join the paratroopers. I was also astonished to read about how he dealt with the loss of so many of his comrades.
Spooky42 More than 1 year ago
It's as simple as this - what these guys endured for us must never be forgotten.
Worfnerd More than 1 year ago
This book lets adds character to the Don Malarkey that we met in Band of Brothers.
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