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                                                 The Rangers:

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US Army Rangers: History:

The history of the American Ranger is a long and colorful saga of courage, daring, and outstanding leadership. It is a story of men whose skills in the art of fighting have seldom been surpassed.

Early Ranger History
The history of the US Ranger did not begin with Robert Rogers in the 1750's as is widely believed. Units specifically designated as Rangers and using Ranger tactics were employed on the American frontier as early as 1670. It was the Rangers of Captain Benjamin Church who brought the Indian conflict known as "King Phillip's War" to a successful conclusion in 1675.

Rogers' Rangers
In the French and Indian War (1754-1763), the famous Major Robert Rogers developed the Ranger concept to an extent never known before. Ranger techniques and methods of operation were an inherent characteristic of the American frontiersmen; however, Major Rogers was the first to capitalize on them and incorporate them into the fighting doctrine of a permanently organized fighting force.

The U.S. Rangers
John Paul Jones was one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S. Navy. In April 1778 as Caption of the sloop the "War Ranger" the first vessel to fly the "Stars and Stripes", he attacked and defeated "HMS Drake" in the waters of Belfast Lough, just off Carrickfergus Castle. Specially commissioned embroidered quilts commemorate the battle. One hangs in the Carrickfergus Knight Ride Centre, the other in John Paul Jones House in our "Twin Town" Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In 1942 the US Rangers were formed in Carrickfergus from volunteers drawn from American Army Units based in Northern Ireland. Their induction and initial training took place in Sunnylands Camp in Carrickfergus in June of that year. The US Rangers eventually left our shores to spearhead Allied invasions and battles that changed the face of history. Their early days in Carrickfergus are commemorated in the US Rangers Centre in the gardens of the Andrew Jackson homestead in Boneybefore.
More information may be obtained from Carrickfergus Council and Northern Ireland Tourist Board websites.

Continually Distinguished in Action the World Over
US Army Rangers have served with distinction the world over. Our regimental honors show some of the places and wars in which we have served with distinction and died for our country. Click the links on the side of this page to learn more about our history.

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TASK FORCE RANGER IN SOMALIA:

 

The Battle of Mogadishu. (Battle of the Black Sea)

In 1992, the United States sent Marines to Somalia as part of a United Nations peacekeeping force (Operation Restore Hope) providing food to millions of starving people. Due to a civil war that had cost the lives of more than 300,000 people, international intervention was more than warranted.

After the conflict quietened down and U.S. Marines departed, local warlords battling for control of Somalia soon raided UN food distribution sites and killed UN personnel. The warlords controlled the country by starving their people. No matter that the rest of the world was supplying vast amounts of aid to relief organizations, the people were starving to death by the thousands.

Following the slaughter of UN peacekeeping forces, the United States responded with a show of force. Task Force Ranger was sent to Somalia with the primary mission of arresting warlord Mohamed Farah Aidid and his fellow clansmen for crimes against humanity.

On 3 October 1993 members of the Delta Forces and Rangers were engaged in a pitched battle against rebel forces on the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia. The mission had been to extricate rebel leaders from a known meeting place and should have been completed within an hour.

Having met heavy rebel opposition, the 18 hour battle resulted in the loss of 18 soldiers, with scores of injured. The command had requested armored vehicles and AC-130 gunships as support for Task Force operations. Those requests had been denied by the Clinton administration, so Task Force Ranger did the best they could with the equipment they had.

The men who fought this battle did so in a noble and courageous manner. Two soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor (postumously). Other members of the group were awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart, with the "V" device to signify valor under fire.

Although the Rangers and Delta Forces sustained heavy casualties, they had accomplished their objective, having taken important rebel leaders prisoner. Critics of the military and this mission argue that the daylight raid was a failure. They had completed their mission, but four Black Hawk helicopters were shot down during the raid. A secondary mission became necessary. Protecting the lives of their fellow soldiers according to the Ranger Creed gained greater importance.

The Delta Forces and Rangers stood their ground and rescued as many of their men (including the dead and wounded) as was possible given the circumstances. One of the Black Hawk pilots having been shot down in the area of operation was captured and held prisoner for eleven days.

This pilot would not have survived had it not been for the two Delta snipers who gave their lives (subsequently earning the Medal of Honor) in defense of the pilot and his downed aircraft.

The United States woke on 4 October 1993 to see images on the news of dead Rangers and Delta Forces personnel being mutilated and dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. The bodies were later recovered and each was buried with appropriate military honors.

Clinton pulled United States troops out of Somalia soon after this engagement. It is commonly known that Osama bin Laden and Al Quaida supplied weapons and financial support to these rebels force. The arab terrorist group has maintained training camps in Somalia for many years.

Had Clinton and his administration properly supported their troops on the ground in Somalia with the resources necessary to carry out their mission in that country, we would not be faced with the prospect of sending United States troops back to East Africa ten years later.

This web page is dedicated to the men of Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, the Delta Forces, the Night Stalkers, and the 10th Mountain Division for their tremendous courage and heroism on the streets of Mogadishu between 3 October 1993 and 4 October 1993.

It is important that we never forget the most important aspect of this battle. The men who fought bravely, the men who did their duty to their country, and the men who died in defense of their fellow soldiers. When the rounds start flying, the man to the left of you and the man to the right of you are all that matter. The United States owes these men a debt of gratitude we cannot repay.

I have included links to a variety of web pages that provide information about Operation Restore Hope, Task Force Ranger, the Battle of Mogadishu, the military strategy and politics involved.

The Battle of Mogadishu has also been called "The Battle of the Black Sea" by the United States and United Nation. In Somalia, the 3rd of October is referred to as "The Day of the Rangers".

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This is Lorenzo Ruiz, he was killed en route to germany. he was wounded on when clay othic was shot of the 50. cal of his humvee.
 
Below is a picture of smith, a soldier shot in the leg. he died of loss of blood when a ak-47 bullet entered his leg, cutting his femoral artorey in half. it was one of the "most emotional casualties" of the worst firefight since veitnam, the battle for mogadishu, somalia.

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