Sergeant Don Malarkey of “Band of Brothers” fame passes away at 96

 
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Sergeant Don Malarkey of “Band of Brothers” fame passes away at 96

Some sad news out of Salem, Oregon:

Donald Malarkey, a World War II paratrooper who was awarded the Bronze Star after parachuting behind enemy lines at Normandy to destroy German artillery on D-Day, has died. He was 96.

Malarkey was one of several members of "Easy Company" to be widely portrayed in the HBO miniseries, "Band of Brothers." He died Sept. 30 in Salem, Oregon of age-related causes, his son-in-law John Hill said Sunday.

Malarkey fought fight across France, the Netherlands and Belgium and with Easy Company fought off Nazi advances while surrounded at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944.

His most memorable scene in Band of Brothers was also one of the saddest of the show.

Fox 8 had more info on him as well:

Malarkey met with historian Stephen Ambrose in 1987, and in 1989 traveled with other members of Easy Company to Europe to provide oral histories of their war experiences. Those recollections became the basis for ‘Band of Brothers” and an earlier book with the same name written by Ambrose.

Malarkey also detailed his experiences in a 2008 autobiography written with Bob Welch, “Easy Company Soldier.” Malarkey was frequently asked to speak about his experiences in WWII, and he lectured at West Point and made trips to Kuwait and Germany to meet with wounded soldiers from the Iraq War.

He remained close to the other surviving members of Easy Company and attended his final Easy Company reunion in Portland, Oregon in August.

“You could look back and with great pride realize that you had done a very significant thing and acted responsibly in what amounted to saving the world,” Malarkey told Oregon Public Broadcasting in 2012.

Lastly, there’s a pretty good interview with Don about his part in the Battle for Foy that I will include after this, but to remember it from the film, go watch it here.

RIP to Sergeant Malarkey, a heroic man and a former Legionnaire.

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Thank you for your service!

Only the body is gone, the deeds remain ! This is why I STAND !

His brothers were waiting for him as he made his last jump to join them. He is finally reunited with his best friend Skip Muck & his beautiful wife Irene. R.I.P

His brothers were waiting for him as he made his last jump to join them. He is finally reunited with his best friend Skip Muck & his beautiful wife Irene. R.I.P

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News from the World of Military and Veterans Issues. Iraq and A-Stan in parenthesis reflects that the author is currently deployed to that theater.