BREAKING: We Just Lost One Of The BEST… DEAD At 96- This Is A HORRIBLE Day For America

 Don Malarkey in his uniform during World War II

Dean James III% AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS –

 It is with great sadness that we must report that an American HERO, 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 years old.

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Technical Sergeant Donald G. Malarkey was a non-commissioned officer with “Easy Company”, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army during World War II.

Malarkey was portrayed in the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers.”

His son in law John Hill said that he died peacefully in Salem. Oregon.

After Pearl Harbor, Malarkey tried enlisting in the Marines, but was rejected because of dental problems. He then tried the Army Air Corps, but lacked the requisite mathematics background. As such, when he was drafted in July 1942, he volunteered for the paratroops of the United States Army, after reading a Life magazine article about them being the best. He trained at Camp Toccoa, Georgia. Of the enlisted men who trained at Toccoa, only one man in six received certification as a member of the fledgling paratroops. He received his jump certification in 1942.

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He became a member of E (“Easy”) Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. He went to England in 1944 to participate in Mission Albany, the airborne landing portion of Operation Neptune, the largest amphibious invasion in history, which was the assault portion of Operation Overlord. Malarkey parachuted into France with his unit. Later that day, in a pitched battle, he helped knock out four German 105 mm artillery battery, an action now called the Brécourt Manor Assault, for which he received the Bronze Star for his heroism.

He fought for twenty-three days in Normandy, nearly eighty in the Netherlands, thirty-nine in the Battle of Bastogne in Belgium, and nearly thirty more in and around Haguenau, France, and the Ruhr Pocket in Germany. He was promoted to sergeant before Operation Market Garden. Malarkey, who was never seriously wounded, served more consecutive time on the front lines than any other member of Easy Company. Malarkey was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, and others.

Malarkey returned to the University of Oregon in 1946 to complete his degree. He is a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity (Gamma Zeta). While attending the university, he met and became engaged to Irene Moor (1926–2006) of Portland. They were married on 19 June 1948. Malarkey graduated in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in business.

The couple lived in Astoria, Oregon, where Malarkey became the sales manager for Lovell Auto Company. During this time, he ran for the position of County Commissioner of Clatsop County, Oregon, and was elected in 1954. The family moved to Portland, Oregon, where Malarkey worked as an insurance and real estate agent.

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Malarkey and his wife Irene had four children, a son and three daughters. Irene died in April 2006 of breast cancer.

Malarkey is survived by his daughters and his sister, Molly Rumpunkis.

We want to thank this American hero, Don Malarkey for his service to the greatest country on earth.

Rest in peace my brother.

 

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