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Resources for learning more about your WWII Ranger relative
We frequently get the question, "Can you tell me more about what my Ranger relative did during WWII?"  The answer is, "Probably not" as we do
not have much information on individual WWII Rangers, but we can provide the below assistance and resources for your study and investigation.
               
1. You should start by determining the unit and service number of your WWII Ranger relative.  Go to: WWII Ranger Roster
2. Your Ranger relative's archive enlistment record is at:  Archive Enlistment Records
3. If your Ranger relative was in a POW camp, then go to: Archive POW Records
3. You should obtain the DD-214 Separation Papers for your WWII Ranger relative.  This will provide information
    on units, medals, overseas time, skills.  This document can be obtained following the procedures at: Get your relative's DD-214 
4. Once you get the DD-214, you can send a copy to a medals company to determine earned medals One Medals Company
5. While you are waiting, you can check out the below resources to learn more about your Ranger relative's
    experiences. Sometimes an individual Ranger will be listed in the index with some information on him.
Commander Ranger Force - Darby Rudder Schneider Mucci
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Books (Click on below links)            
Rangers in World War II by Robert Black   X X X X X X
U.S. Army Special Operations in World War II by David Hogan, Jr.   X X X X X X
Commandos and Rangers of World War II by James Ladd X X X X X X
We remember WWII: A collection of U. S. Army Ranger stories   X X X X X X
Rangers and Special Forces of WWII: Photographs by Robert Ross   X X X X X X
An Infantryman's Journal: 1942 - 1966 by John Hummer   X X X X X X
Beyond Valor: WWII Rangers and Airborne by Patrick O'Donnell   X X X X X X
My Father's War by Jim Schneider   X   X   X  
Rangers at Dieppe: The First Ranger Combat in WWII by Jim DeFelice   X          
The Phil Stern Gallery presents WWII   X X X      
William Orlando Darby, a Military Biography by Michael King   X X X      
Darby's Rangers: We Led the Way by William O. Darby   X X X      
Darby's Rangers: An Illustrated Portrayal of the Original Rangers by J. Altieri   X X X      
The Ranger Force: Darby's Rangers in World War II by Robert Black   X X X      
Spearheaders: A Personal History of Darby's Rangers by James Altieri   X X X      
Darby's Rangers 1942-45 by Mir Bahmanyar   X X X      
Onward We Charge: Darby's Rangers in World War II by Paul Jeffers   X X X      
A Crazy Plan: Darby's Rangers Heroic Last Stand at Cisterna by M. Goff   X X X      
The Battle is the Pay-Off by Ralph Ingersoll   X X X      
The Barrel-Land Dance Hall Rangers by Anders Arnbal   X X X      
Escape in Italy: The Narrative of LT William Newnan     X        
No One Ever Asked Me by Hollis Stabler *     X      
First Special Service Force: A War History by Robert Burhans       X      
Remembrances of My Service in World War II by Erich Scharf (free download)   X          
Heroes Cry Too: Ranger Tells His Story by M. Moen and M. Heinen   X X        
Leading The Way: Darby's Rangers by Noel Dye   X   X      
The Battalion: The 2nd Ranger Battalion in WWII by Robert Black         X    
Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc by Patrick O’Donnell         X    
The Boys of Pointe du Hoc: 2nd Ranger Battalion by Douglas Brinkley         X    
Rudder's Rangers by Ronald Lane         X    
The Road to Victory: the WWII 2nd Battalion Rangers by PFC Morris         X    
Liberation of Pointe Du Hoc by JoAnna McDonald         X    
The Fool Lieutenant; D-Day and WWII by M. Moen and M. Heinen         X    
Rangers Lead the Way - Pointe-du-Hoc D-Day 1944 by Steven Zaloga         X    
Small Unit Actions – Pointe du Hoc         X    
Impossible Victories:Ten Unlikely Battlefield Successes by Bryan Perrett         X    
Pointe du Hoc by Helmut von Keusgen.  (This book is in German.)         X    
Rudder: From Leader to Legend by Thomas Hartfield         X    
D for Dog: The Story of a Ranger Company by Alfred Baer, Jr.         X    
The Battle of Huertgen  Forest & Hill 400 by Scorpio         X    
Lead the Way, Rangers by Henry Glassman           X  
Intact: a First-hand Account of the D-day Invasion by John Raaen, Jr.           X  
Bloody Omaha - My Remembrances of That Day by James Copeland           X  
Training for Bloody Omaha: 5th Ranger Infantry Battalion by R. Hathaway           X  
Reflections of Courage on D-Day & the Days that Followed by Moen & Heinen           X  
The Lost Ranger: A Soldier's Story by Noel Mehlo           X  

Cover Up at Omaha Beach: Maisy Battery and the US Rangers by G. Sterne

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Ghost Soldiers: World War II's Greatest Rescue by Hampton Sides             X
The Great Raid by William Breuer             X
Hour of Redemption: America's Most Daring POW Rescue by F. Johnson             X
 
Commander Ranger Force - Darby Rudder Schneider Mucci
Battalion 1 3 4 2 5 6
Papers & Theses (Click on below links)            
The Ranger Force at The Battle of Cisterna by Jeff Stewart   X X X      
1943 Anzio-Cisterna Map   X X X      
Memoir of Len Lomell X
Rangers: Selected Combat Operations in WWII by Dr. Michael King   X X X   X X
The German Operation at Anzio by GMDS   X X X      
An Interview with Randall Harris   X   X      
The Day I Lost My Religion by James W. Gabaree           X  
Maisy Battery Attack           X  
Liberation of Buchenwald by Harry J. Herder, Jr X
Jim Schneider Archive Materials   X     X X  
Photos, Videos & Movies (Click on below links)
Ranger Combat Training Videos from 1942   X X X X X X
Darby's Rangers (1957)   X X X      
The Battle of Pointe du Hoc video         X    
Pointe du Hoc video         X    
The Great Raid (2005)             X
5th Ranger Battalion Slideshow by Jerry Styles           X  
A Photographic Chronicle of Darby's Rangers by Phil Stern   X X X      
 
Re-Enactors - because they are keen on authenticity (Click on below links)
2nd Ranger Battalion         X    
2nd Ranger Battalion (Poland)         X    
Able Company, 2nd Rangers         X    
Easy Company, 2nd Rangers         X    
Fox Company, 2nd Rangers         X    
5th Ranger Battalion           X  
 
Museums (Click on below links)
Ranger Hall of Honor   X X X X X X
U S Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum   X X X X X X
The National WWII Museum in New Orleans   X X X X X X
The Darby Foundation in Ft. Smith Arkansas   X X X      
US Ranger Centre in Carrickfergus Ireland   X          
The National D-Day Memorial         X X  
Ranger Memorial in Weymouth         X X  
Ranger Museum at Grandcamp-Maisy         X X  
* These books are also available for purchase  from the Descendants Ranger Store at: Ranger Store
If you have still questions or we can assist in your quest for more information on your WWII Ranger relative, then email    Contact us
This document, unintentionally not all inclusive,  is a resource for the descendants of WWII Rangers and others to do research on WWII Rangers.  
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