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Donald Malarkey, Legion d'Honneur, Bronze Star

Discussion in 'WWII Obituaries' started by The_Historian, Oct 1, 2017.

  1. The_Historian

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    "A MILITARY hero whose accounts of fighting in the Second World War became the basis of TV miniseries “Band of Brothers” has died aged 96.
    Donald Malarkey was a member of Easy Company, which was portrayed in the HBO series.
    His son-in-law John Hill announced Mr Malarkey died on Saturday in Salem, Oregon from age-related causes.
    Mr Malarkey fought across France, the Netherlands and Belgium.
    He fought off Nazi advances while surrounded at Bastogne during the battle of the Bulge in December 1944.
    The war veteran was awarded the bronze star for his role parachuting behind enemy lines to destroy German Artillery on D-Day.
    He was also given the Legion d’Honneuer in 2009, which is the highest honour awarded by the French Government.
    Mr Malarkey told Oregon Public Broadcasting in 2012: “You could look back and with great pride realise that you had done a very significant thing and acted responsibly in what amounted to saving the world.”
    Mr Malarkey was a freshman at the University of Oregon when he was drafted into the US army in 1942, he volunteered to be a paratrooper.
    After the war, he returned to university and received a bachelor’s degree in business in 1948."
    WW2 war hero Donald Malarkey who inspired TV series 'Band of Brothers' dies aged 96
     
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    Rest in Peace Donald, we thank you and honor you for your service to this incredible country
     
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    Still a series I need to watch. Thanks for posting and reminding me to look it up for Xmas.
     

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