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

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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 ...

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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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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312563233
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 321,107
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 5.46 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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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Table of Contents

1 The Choice 1

2 Bomba the Jungle Boy 7

3 "Mom, Don't Worry, I'll Be Back" 25

4 Toccoa, Sobel, and Survival 35

5 Skip Muck and the March to Atlanta 50

6 Prelude to the Great Crusade 64

7 Jumping into the Darkness 87

8 Beauty and the Beast 102

9 Unclaimed Laundry 114

10 "Beyond This Place of Wrath and Tears" 126

11 The Knock on the Door 148

12 "What's a Guy Gotta Do to Die?" 159

13 Burying It Deep Within 183

14 Letters from Two Women 196

15 Dreaming of Wild Blackberries 214

16 The War That Never Ends 224

Epilogue: Remembering the Band of Brothers 240

Afterword 255

Acknowledgments 259

Index 261

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    A Great Read for any War History Buffs

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2008

    Don Malarkey, Dick Winters, and others of Easy Company should have Medal of Honor

    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

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Excellent

    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.

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    Great Read

    It's as simple as this - what these guys endured for us must never be forgotten.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    Excellent! Makes me feel like I've known Don Malarkey forever.

    This book lets adds character to the Don Malarkey that we met in Band of Brothers.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2009

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    More than just war

    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.

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