May 8, 2005
Dear Senator Sessions:
In the winter of 1944 we found ourselves outnumbered
and out-gunned by the German Army...some say 15-to-1.
We were fighting in the dead of winter in summer issue
fatigues, with little ammunition and few supplies. We
lost friends and endured intense hardships, but we were
sustained by the knowledge that we knew we were providing
America with a bright spot of hope...that our Band of
Brothers was a bastion of American grit and determination
holding fast against the tide in the “Bulge.”
As you know, we held out and Europe was freed was freed
from tyranny sixty years ago today.
We are now engaged in a battle to bring balance and
basic common sense to our tax policy. Those of us who
fought in the military did so in part to defend the
freedom to enjoy the fruits of our honest labor and
to pass that down as a legacy to our children and grandchildren.
It is our view...and one shared by millions of others
– that once Americans have paid their taxes, they
should be free to spend our earnings, or pass them on
to our children and grandchildren. But the one thing
we are not permitted to do is pass on a heritage to
our family without additional taxation.
We feel it is unprincipled and overreaching for death
to be a taxable event. Any tax system which confiscates
the same earnings twice and then burdens a grieving
family with a huge tax bill is both immoral and improper.
In supporting the elimination of the death tax you are
encouraging stronger families and the passing on of
a heritage for future generations. Those of us who believe
in this country and its fundamental values, salute you.
The “Merry Christmas” Airborne message
contained in this framing reminds us of a time long
past. Yet, in the battles you may encounter, it still
has relevance. Some days you may feel surrounded, outnumbered,
and nearly out of ammo – but take courage, Jeff.
Rally the troops and inspire our hearts with a message
about the heritage we treasure. Move forward with steely
determination. Move forward as an American leader -
forward on behalf of many who may no longer be able
to join the battle.
In grateful recognition of your steadfast leadership
in allowing us to pass on our meager wealth to the natural
objects of our bounty, we present you with this token
of our esteem and appreciation.
DONALD G. MALARKEY
Tech. Sgt., “Easy” Company
LYNN D. “BUCK” COMPTON
1st Lt., “Easy” Company
506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne
Two of the “Band of Brothers”