of the Battle Honors Flag
War II Rangers
The dark area represents the
The red (scarlet) area represents Great
Britain where the Ranger organizations were activated and trained.
The combined blue and red thus
symbolizes the close association in both training and combat of the Rangers
and the British Commandos.
The fifteen stars refer to the fifteen
campaigns, World War II, in which the Rangers participated.
The six spearheads allude to the six Ranger
Battalions and also to the six assault landings (invasions) in which the
Rangers took part.
the white disc alludes to Central Europe (Germany)
the black lily to France, and the Low
seed pods represent Italy
the double crescent refers to Algeria and
the three sun rays (similar in design to
those depicted on the Philippine flag) allude to the Philippines and New
The crossed Ranger (Sykes) knives suggest
the nature of the Ranger operations.
Designed by U.S. Army
A.G., Department of the Army
the words of a
War II Ranger
The Ranger Battle Honors Flag
represents the proud and enduring record of the six United States Army
Ranger Battalions in World War II. The Rangers of all six battalions are
equally as proud of the achievements of each and every Ranger Battalion as
they are their own.
The Ranger philosophy for winning battles
was tough, realistic training inspired leadership, detailed planning,
thorough reconnaissance, contact, coordination, and control, hit the enemy
where he least expects it, choose the most difficult route of approach,
attack at night with speed, surprise and shock, carry through
relentlessly. These concepts were proven in battle after battle.
The record speaks for itself. The Rangers
spearheaded every major invasion of World War II-the first to land, the
first to die, the first to capture the enemy's defenses and make it
possible for other troops to land and broaden the beachheads. Fifteen
campaigns, innumerable battles and engagements, raids and sorties-and who
can keep track of the countless combat patrols and night infiltrations
that were never mentioned in the daily communiqués?
But the battle records of the six Ranger
Battalions do not tell the full story of the American Ranger in World II.
The spirit that each Ranger carried in his breast-that drove him to
accomplish the impossible, that inspired him to attack the most formidable
enemy defenses, that enabled him to endure in campaign after campaign,
that compelled him to excel as as American soldier, this is the most
important part of the Ranger story that is represented on our Battle
We, who were privileged to have served with
the Rangers know what spirit was. It was a spirit that was formed by many
essential elements. Leadership by example, mutual respect and esteem,
concern for our fellow Rangers, teamwork, pride in our units, a
comprehension of why we were fighting, the will to win, not at all costs,
but by skill, preparation, and ingenuity. The Ranger spirit was a mixture
of individuality tempered by self-discipline and directed toward the
achievement of the common objectives of victory. The Ranger spirit was
audacity, daring, and originality. It was resourcefulness and versatility.
It was a positive force. It was, in essence, the spirit that has kept
liberty alive since time immemorial-the willingness to give of yourself to
a common cause-above and beyond one's obligation as an American citizen.
The Ranger spirit is an important part of
our National Heritage, and each Ranger who fought with the six Ranger
Battalions, helped make that heritage stronger and significant. We are
mindful that we, as custodians of that spirit, have a serious obligation
not only to keep the spirit alive, but to keep it vigorous and strong and
to direct that spirit towards positive good for our country today.
4th Ranger Battalion