U.S. Army Rangers show off the ladders they used to storm the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc, which they assaulted in support of Omaha Beach landings on D-Day M1 Garand BAR 80-G-45716
Between June 1942 and the end of WWII, the Army formed from volunteers 6 Ranger Infantry Battalions (numbered 1st-6th) and 1 provisional Ranger battalion (29th, from Army National Guardsmen of the 29th ID).
S.1757 just passed the Senate on a unanimous voice vote last week.
“This bill directs the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to arrange for the award of a single gold medal to the U.S. Army Ranger veterans of World War II in recognition of their dedicated wartime service.
Following its award, the gold medal shall be given to the Smithsonian Institution where it shall be available for display and research.”
It now heads to the House.
In related news,
On Friday, March 13, 2020, the President signed into law:
H.R. 5671, the “Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2020,” which provides for the award of a Congressional gold medal collectively, to the United States Merchant Mariners of World War II, in recognition of their dedicated and vital service during the conflict.
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Battle Standard bears the number “142” on its field of red, white and blue, representing the academy’s cadets killed in WWII.
Sgt. First Class Kristoffer B. Domeij:
29 years of age and 14 tours of duty, 3 Bronze stars.
Iron Clad hero.
Rest in Peace sir.
A typical Ranger deployment is about 3 months and it mentions he spent a total 48 months in country, Iraq and Afghanistan. That’s a lot of time. Especally when you consider that on average, a Ranger battalion will conduct between 400 to 500 missions during a combat deployment.
Vietnam tours were longer, a full year IIRC, and there were guys that served multiple tours. I am sure some guys spent 4 years in country. Nonetheless, it is a reminder of just how long these so-called low-intensity conflicts are. There could also be some regular Army or Marines who have 48 combined months in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some units have spent a lot of time there on multiple deployments.