Donald Malarkey
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Donald Malarkey is an American soldier who fought in World War II, best known for being one of the soldiers portrayed in the Band of Brothers television miniseries. Malarkey was born in Astoria, Oregon in 1921. He was in his first semester at the University of Oregon in the fall of 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. After the attack, Malarkey tried enlisting in the Marines, but he was turned down because of dental problems. He later tried to enlist in the Army Air Corps, but he lacked the mathematics requisites. When he was drafted in July 1942, he volunteered for the paratroops of the United States Army, becoming a member of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne. He received the Bronze Star Medal for his involvement in the Brécourt Manor Assault on D-Day in Normandy. Later during his time with Easy Company he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, and served under the command of Lt. Richard Winters (later promoted to Captain and then Major). Malarkey was involved in combat in Normandy, Operation Market Garden in Holland, Bastogne, and Germany.

In the 2001 miniseries, Band of Brothers, he was portrayed by actor Scott Grimes. He is also mentioned in the book Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose. In 2005, he appeared in an advertisement urging repeal of the estate tax.

Early Years

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Donald Malarkey was born in 1921 in the town of Astoria, Oregon. He was in his first semester at the University of Oregon in the fall of 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. After the attack, Malarkey tried enlisting in the Marines and later the Army Air Corps, however he was turned down both times. When he was drafted in July 1942, he volunteered for the paratroops of the United States Army, becoming a member of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne.

During the World War II

On D-Day he received a bronze star for his involvement in taking the German artillery during the Brécourt Manor Assault. He was promoted to Sergeant before Operation Market Garden. He fought in Normandy, Holland, Belgium, and Germany.

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