Sunday, May 29, 2011

Monday, May 29, 1933

Brought money for our class gift. We are going to get a flag and pictures both. My home room is 103.

William Darby.jpg
William O. Darby
8 February 1911 – 30 April 1945
1933 graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point
Commissioned a second lieutenant in the field artillery upon graduation

Darby organized and commanded the 1st U.S. Army Ranger Battalion in 1942.
From 2,000 volunteers, Darby selected and trained 500 Rangers that successfully
 operated in North Africa and Tunisia. Darby trained and organized two more Ranger
Battalions in 1943. The 1st, 3rd, and 4th Ranger Battalions were known as "Darby's Rangers,"
 and were famous for their endeavors in the Sicilian and Italian campaigns. He was killed while
 leading a task force from the 10th Mountain Division in Northern Italy and  posthumously promoted to
brigadier general.

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