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Easy Company Soldier: The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from World War II's "Band of Brothers" Paperback – May 12, 2009
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This better-than-average military memoir is the story of an NCO of the famous Easy Company that historian Stephen Ambrose dubbed Band of Brothers. Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Malarkey first vividly recounts growing up during the Depression, following up with paratrooper training and the exhausting physical regimen that went with it, not to mention the departure of Easy Company’s first commander. A sea voyage and life in England preceded the jump into Normandy, at which point the narrative almost attains the level of Donald Burgett’s Currahee! (1967). Malarkey jumped into the Netherlands thereafter and, like so many other paratroopers, fought for months in static warfare such as he hadn’t expected to face. Malarkey ended the war at Bastogne, where even his hardened veteran’s morale sagged to the point of considering a self-inflicted wound just to get out of the frozen hell of the place. Shelve this with the classic accounts of the infantryman’s war. --Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Author [Don Malarkey] shares his story 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.” ―Powell Valley News
"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
"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
“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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The heroism of these young soldiers is hard for a person like myself to imagine, being lucky enough to be born at a safer time. "Easy Company Soldier" shows us just how difficult it was to become a paratrooper, and then how trying it was for these soldiers to jump into Nazi-occupied France and then put their lives on the line in battle after battle. As Easy Company fought its way through France, Holland, and Belgium, and the casualties and deaths mounted and the conditions became unimaginable, Mr. Malarkey very vividly accounts how he came closer and closer to the snapping point. The author also discusses the difficulty of adjusting to coming home after his death-defying experiences were over.
All in all, this book is an outstanding account of the life of a soldier who was a significant player in the European Theater of World War II, from D-Day to Hitler's "Eagles Nest".