Far From Home by James Dietz
June 6, 1944 - Normandy: Sunrise on D-Day was full of revelation. For most paratroopers, this was the farthest they’d been from home. And here was the enemy. Among these German POWs, Pvt. Don Malarkey meets a sergeant who had lived in Portland, Oregon. And Don was from Astoria, 70 miles away. And they had even worked across the street from one another.
Don’s comrades keep their distance, pondering the enemy they had traveled so far to fight. A shout will soon summon Don: “Malark, let’s go!” This German’s war is over—for everyone else, fierce fighting lays ahead. Don would then utter the strangest words between enemies on D-Day: “You take care.”
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190 limited-edition prints, signed by James Dietz and includes the autographs of 21 WWII heroes: Band of Brothers paratroopers Don Malarkey (sig card), Buck Compton (sig card), Earl McClung, Ed Tipper, Brad Freeman, Phil Perugini, Babe Heffron, Al Mampre and Clancy Lyall. 101st heroes "Pee Wee" Martin, Guy Whidden, Bob Noody and Dan McBride. 82nd heroes Don Jakeway, Paul Demciak (D-Day Pathfinder), George Shenkle, Hank Langreh, Richard Rohleder, Les Cruise and Fred Morgan. D-Day C-47 pilot Fred Trenck. Includes a piece of parachute recovered in Normandy, relic from the C-47 "Night Fright" that flew on D-Day, jump wings, paratrooper hat patch and a COA with "History Behind the Art." A no-interest payment plan is available upon request.
100 limited-edition prints, signed by James Dietz and includes the following: The star of "Far From Home," Don Malarkey (separate signature card) and Brecourt Manor hero Buck Compton (separate signature card). Each print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and replica jump wings.
100 limited-edition prints, signed by James Dietz. Includes Certificate of Authenticity with "History Behind the Art."
A Valor Studios giclee edition may be released. A Signer Proof edition exists, not-for-sale. An Artist Proof & Gallery Edition bearing only the artist's signature exists.
"Far from Home" is hand-signed by a collection of WWII heroes! Signers vary print by print. Please click "editions" to see which veterans signed which prints.
Buck Compton (signature card)
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), officer, veteran of D-Day (& Brecourt Manor), Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, Silver Star, author of "Call of Duty."
H-Company, 505th PIR, 82nd Airborne. Jumped on D-Day and fought in Ste. Mere Eglise. Seriously wounded during the Battle of the Bulge. Subject of the short film "All American."
Pathfinder in plane #16, B-Company, 508th PIR, 82nd Airborne. Captured on D-Day and later escaped and returned to Allied lines. Bronze Star with "V" for Valor.
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), veteran of D-Day, Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, wounded in attack on Foy. Part of the 2nd Platoon's mortar squad under Don Malarkey & Bill Guarnere.
Arrived in England at time of D-Day, assigned to Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne) shortly after Normandy. Jumped on Market Garden and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Co-author of "Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends."
H-Company (508th PIR, 82nd Airborne), landed near Ste. Mere Eglise on D-Day, fought in Market Garden until wounded by artillery. Returned for the Battle of the Bulge where he was shot through the lung by a sniper.
B-Company, 307th Airborne Engineers, attached to the 505th PIR, 82nd Airborne. Parachuted on D-Day, later captured. Awarded two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts.
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Abn.), D-Day, Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, wounded three times, featured in David Webster's book "Parachute Infantry" & subject of the book "Silver Eagle."
Don Malarkey (signature card)
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), veteran of D-Day (& Brecourt Manor), Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, Bronze Star w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Author of "Easy Company Soldier."
101st medic, "Toccoa" man, helped prep paratroopers for D-Day. Joined Easy Company (506th PIR) for Market Garden & Battle of the Bulge. Saved the life of Lt. Brewer, shot by a sniper. The same sniper would wound Al.
Jim "Pee Wee" Martin
G-Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne, "Toccoa" man. Jumped into Normandy on D-Day and did it again 70 years later! Fought in all the 101st campaigns.
F-Company, 502nd PIR, 101st Airborne. Jumped into Normandy on D-Day. Earned three purple hearts: shot in the arm in France, wounded by a mortar in Holland and hit by shrapnel in the Bulge.
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), veteran of D-Day, Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge & beyond. 3rd Platoon's First Scout & the first American to reach the Eagle's Nest.
HQ, 505th PIR, 82nd Airborne. Made all four jumps with the 82nd during WWII despite having vertigo as a kid! Treated wounded during the battle of La Fiere bridge.
F-Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne. Jumped on D-Day. Destroyed a tank with his bazooka, wounded at Carentan. Later fought in Holland and the Bulge, where he was wounded at Foy.
Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne. Jumped into Normandy on D-Day and broke his leg upon landing. Received the Purple Heart.
E-Company, 508th PIR, 82nd Airborne. Jumped on D-Day near Ste. Mere Eglise. Later jumped into Holland and was wounded in the Bulge.
Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne. Bazooka man, jumped on D-Day. Heavily wounded by a mortar during the battle for Carentan.
C-47 pilot, 301st Squadron of the 441st Troop Carrier Group. On the D-Day drop, Fred piloted his C-47 "Pee Wee" and earned the admiration of the 101st Airborne paratroopers he was carrying for giving them a smooth drop.
HQ, 502nd PIR, 101st Airborne. Machine gunner who jumped into Normandy on D-Day, fought in Holland until severely wounded near Best. Later became a jump instructor.
Listen to Don Malarkey tell the story of his encounter with the German soldier from Oregon. Contrary to what you saw in “Band of Brothers,” Lt. Ron Speirs did not execute him; that actual incident, still shrouded in mystery, is rumored to have taken place near Carentan.