Donald Malarkey, WWII paratrooper, portrayed in HBO miniseries, dead at 96

In this June 6, 2005, file picture, Don Malarkey, American veteran from the 101st air-borne “Easy” Company,” goes to events to honor the Allied D-Day landings of World War II, on Utah Beach, northwestern France. (AP Photo/Franck Prevel, File)

Donald Malarkey, a World War II paratrooper who was granted the Bronze Star after parachuting behind firing line at Normandy to ruin German weapons on D-Day, has actually passed away. He was 96.

Malarkey was among a number of members of “Easy Company” to be extensively represented in the HBO miniseries, “Band of Brothers.” He passed away Sept. 30 in Salem, Oregon of age-related causes, his son-in-law John Hill stated Sunday.

Malarkey battled battle throughout France, the Netherlands and Belgium and with Easy Company eradicated Nazi advances while surrounded at Bastogne throughout the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944.

He was frequently applauded for his actions throughout the war, and existed with the Legion of Honor Medal– the greatest honor granted by the French federal government– in 2009.

Malarkey was haunted by memories of battle and the destruction of losing fellow soldiers and buddies, his relative stated. Still, the release of the “Band of Brothers” miniseries was cathartic for him and assisted him concern terms with the psychological scars of the fight, Hill stated.

Malarkey was born upon July 30, 1921 in Astoria, Oregon. When he was prepared into the Army in 1942 and offered to end up being a paratrooper, he was a freshman at the University of Oregon.

He went back to the University of Oregon after the war, getting a bachelor’s degree in organisation in 1948. While a trainee at the school, he fell and satisfied in love with Irene Moore. The 2 wed in 1948 and had 4 kids– Michael Malarkey, Marianne McNally, Sharon Hill and Martha Serean.

Malarkey met historian Stephen Ambrose in 1987, and in 1989 took a trip with other members of Easy Company to Europe to offer narrative histories of their war experiences. Those recollections ended up being the basis for ‘Band of Brothers” and an earlier book with the very same name composed by Ambrose.

Malarkey likewise detailed his experiences in a 2008 autobiography composed with Bob Welch, “Easy Company Soldier.” Malarkey was often asked to discuss his experiences in WWII, and he lectured at West Point and made journeys to Kuwait and Germany to consult with injured soldiers from the Iraq War.

He stayed near the other making it through members of Easy Company and attended his last Easy Company reunion in Portland, Oregon in August.

“You might recall and with fantastic pride recognize that you had actually done a really considerable thing and acted properly in exactly what totaled up to conserving the world,” Malarkey informed Oregon Public Broadcasting in 2012.

Malarkey is made it through by his children and his sis, Molly Rumpunkis.