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Lost, but never forgotten

Aasve, Kermit E. 4F

14 January 2005


Ackerman, Edward C. 6Hq

30 November 2005


Adamick, Raymond 1F


Allgood, William 1B/F and 4 B/E


Aguzzi, Victor 2E

February 2004




 Ahlgren, Fred Lt.Col. (R) 1D/E Original Darby Ranger

26 January 2005

Original Officer that started out in Achnacarry, Scotland and was with the 1st Ranger Battalion through Africa, Sicily, and Italy. He was a quiet man, a great Ranger who remained an active member of the RBA and a member of the Iowa Chapter.


Alm, Raymond F. 2B

01 September 1998


Alm, Audrey (Wife of Ray Alm 2B)

December 2007


Altieri, James 1F/4F Original Darby Ranger

18 April 2008

Bronze Star w/Oak Leaf Cluster; Purple Heart w/Oak Leak Cluster,

ETO w/6 Stars & 4 Arrowheads; Ranger Hall of Fame 2009



Anderson, Axel “Andy” 1Hq

09 May 2004

Birmingham, Alabama


Anderson, Dustin S. 6A/B

April 2008 


Anderson, Robert G. 6C

23 February 2008 


Appel, Herbert R.  2B

29 December 2012


Arimond, William 1B / 3D / ex-POW Original Darby Ranger

16 August 2006

Stalag 2B 


Auger, Ulysses G. “Blackie” 1C / 4Hq Original Darby Ranger

28 November 2004

Ranger Hall of Fame



Augustyn, Edward 5E

01 July 2009



Bachman, Jr., Clarence 2E

02 February 2007, N. Myers, FL

Silver Star;Purple Heart w/Oak Leaf Cluster



Baker, Howard 6Hq/B

19 January 2009


Backus, Wilbert 5F

20 October 2008

Baker, Clarence Hartwell "Hardy" 1st/4th

3 June 2010

Badges Received:  Combat Infantry-Man's Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Distinguished Unit Badge, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

BAKER, Sgt. Clarence Hartwell "Hardy," a loving husband, father, grandfather, soldier, artist, carpenter and great-grandfather, went to be with his Lord on June 3, 2010, from his lake home in Mechanicsville, Va. He was 91 years of age. He is survived by his beloved wife, Myrtle Spicer Baker; their daughter, Mary Lou Hornby, both of Mechanicsville, Va.; their grandchildren, Ben Hornby and Stephanie Lanciki and their spouses, Jenny Hornby and Brian Lanciki; their great-grandchildren, Nathan Benjamin Hornby and Violet Mae Lanciki of Virginia Beach, Va.; and many nieces and nephews. Hardy, one of Darby's original WWII Rangers, was a faithful member of Cool Spring Baptist Church and Richmond's Northeast Camp of Gideons International for many years and served when able. He enjoyed his work at Industrial Supply Corporation before retirement and aimed to continue relationships with the staff. He was devoted to serving the Lord, prayer and being with his family, friends and pet dog, Lily. The family is grateful for the support and ministry from the congregation of Cool Spring Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 6, 2010, at Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Road, in Mechanicsville. A celebration of Hardy's life will be shared at 11 a.m. at Cool Spring Baptist Church on Monday, June 7, 2010. Interment will follow at Signal Hill Memorial Park, with Rev. Larry Frakes to officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either Cool Spring Baptist Church, 9283 Atlee Station Road, Mechanicsville Va. 23116, or Gideon's International, Box 193, Mechanicsville, Va. 23111.



Barbarino, Edward 1C / 4 Original Darby Ranger

17 November 2004

Ranger Hall of Fame

Resurrection Cemetery (Staten Island)

Barker, Kenneth 2A

21 February 2008



Barrows, Richard 5Hq

25 April 2005, Hanover, PA.  

He was so proud 0of his Ranger Heritage, medals, and duties. 

He received many D-Day awards and accommodations.



Bartlett , Jr., Frank R. 5Hq.

17 July 2003



Bateman, Charles D. 1F / ex-POW Original Darby Ranger

01 May 2004

Stalag 3B


Battice, Robert D.  5A

12 December 2012



Bayer, Otto 2Hq

July 2008

Silver Star, Bronze Star; Purple Heart



Beccue, Gale “Beck” 5E

02 November 2007

Dad passed away at Cloquet, MN on Friday, November 2nd -- D Day plus 63 years 149 days.  He was one of the original volunteers selected for the 5th Rangers when the unit was formed in 1943.  He took part in the Invasion of Normandy and participated in every action involving E/5th until he lost his left leg to a land mine while assaulting a German position on February 19, 1945.  Dad was a proud Ranger to the end.  In one of his last conversations with a hospice worker he stated his wishes regarding further medical treatment and told them that he was ready to “lead the way”.  The hospice worker related that conversation to me without realizing the significance of what he had said.  When I explained the Ranger motto and its history to her she was deeply moved.  Included in the framed memorabilia on Dad’s wall at the end were both the original Ranger diamond patch and the later 5th Ranger patch.   He passed quietly and peacefully with family members present.  We know he was looking forward to joining the other Rangers who had gone on ahead.  What a reunion that will be! Boyd Beccue boyd_b@co.kandiyohi.mn.us


Behnisch, Ernst J. 6D

3 April 2013


Bell, William 2E


Bendix, Richard 5D

 22 February 2012 

Berke, Neal 2Hq



Berke, Joyce (Wife of the late Ranger Neal Berke 2/Hq)

11 March 2005

Bero, Joseph 1B / ex-POW

15 April, 2006

Stalag 2B 



Blair, Richard 3B

31 January 2008

Richard W. Blair, age 83, of Brookings, SD, died Thursday, January 31, 2008, at Brookview Manor in Brookings.  He was raised and educated in Volga, SD before entering the Army in December 1942. He served in the Darbys Rangers, First Special Service Forces, and York and Canadian Mountain Troopers as a Ski Trooper in the Paratrooper unit. He was discharged as a corporal from Darbys Rangers in December 1944. He served in Sicily and Anzio, and was a decorated World War II veteran, having received two Purple Hearts and other service awards.
Richard earned his bachelors and masters degrees from South Dakota State University. He worked as a microbiologist for 14 years for the South Dakota Department of Health in health planning administration. His career with the Department of Health spanned 32 years, and he served as Secretary of Health under three governors.  After his retirement, he returned to Volga in the mid-1980s.   Richard was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Elks Club, V.F.W., and American Legion. He was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Volga, of which he was a member. His hobbies included photography, fishing and hunting.


Blum, Gilbert 1Hq/C / ex-POW

30 August 2005

Stalag 7A


Blunt, Thomas 5E



Bode, Ivan “Buster” 3A / ex-POW

08 Nov 2006

Stalag 2B


Bonzek, Joseph W.  1E

11 October 2012


Brackens, William A. 1E / 4B / FSSF

27 October 2006

Passed away this morning, 27 October 2006, at the Gainesville, Florida Veterans Hospital.  He would have had his 82nd birthday November 24th had he lived one more month. He had his uniform and medals all ready for this years Veterans Day Parade. He thought it would be better than last years. He got to ride in the wagon, couldn't walk any more.

He was retired Army, SFC, Ranger, First Special Service Force (FSSF), served 24 years, 14 of them in Europe. He served from Africa to Rome, got a Purple heart in Italy, was on a hospital ship coming home on D-Day, served 2 tours in Korea another 5 years abroad. Yes, he was our Hero.


Brady, Robert W.  5E

1 April 2008



Brake, Douglas E. 1B / 3C / 4

04 May 2005   

Purple Heart

"He was proud of being a Ranger and proud of being a part of 0ur
organization" Frank South



Brennan, Jr., James 1F / ex-POW

20 October 2008

Stalag 2B



Brest, John A.   1 / 3D

27 May 2006, Magalia, California   (County of Butte)

New Castle, PA

Tech 5  Service 4/2/43 to 11/29/45

Battles/Campaigns: Sicilian-Naples, Fogia, N. Apennines


Bruno, Joseph P.  2F

30 June 2013



Bullington, Lee 1B/Hq/3B

 February 2012



Butrico, Nicholas 5A

06 August 2006



Bungard , Henry 2Hq

August 2008



Burnett, John 2E ex-POW

25 September 2008

Purple Heart w/Oak Leaf Cluster



Butler, Grant 1B / 3E Original Darby Ranger

30 September 2003



Button, LeRoy T. 5Hq

14 April 2007



Carroll, Edmond L. 5Hq/E

02 March 20 07

Princeton, WV



Castellaw, Harry C. 6Hq/B

07 March 2006



Cavasos, Julian 1B/3C



Charboneau, John William 1st Bn

24 March 2003



Cinneli, John 1A / 3A



Coldsmith, William 2F

18 May 2009, Shippenburg Health Center

Bronze Star; Purple Heart

Cooper, Burnie 3C / ex-POW

04 July 2006

Stalag 2B



Cook, Harvey James   2HQ

25 November 2003

Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart w/Oak Leaf Cluster

A distinguished member of the 2nd Battalion of World War II Rangers. He was also a retired Army Colonel. Colonel Cook was born April 2, 1918 in Philadelphia, growing up in Narberth, PA. There he shared his father’s passion for baseball and graduated from Lower Merion High School in 1936, then Michigan State College in 1940 where he played varsity baseball while earning a BA in Business Administration.

Colonel Cook was commissioned a second lieutenant and entered active duty in October 1941. His first duty station was Camp Richie, MD, where he taught hand-to-hand combat. There he was recruited by the 2nd Ranger Battalion as an intelligence officer. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, then Captain Cook joined other Rangers to scale the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action. He was again cited for bravery while participating in small-unit combat operations in the Battle of the Bulge and Heurtgen Forest where he was twice awarded the Bronze Star for valor. At war’s end, he was in Plazen, Czechoslovakia along with other members of the 2nd Rangers awaiting orders back to the United States.

Following World War II, Colonel Cook attended the Army’s Advanced Infantry School and the Army Language School where he studied Japanese. He was in Fukuoka, Japan at the outbreak of the Korean War. Colonel Cook saw combat in Korea with the 24th Infantry Division and once again was cited for valor earning yet another Bronze Star. Due to an injury he was eventually returned to the United States to recuperate and await orders to Germany. Once in post-war Germany Cook was assigned to the Intelligence Director at US Army Headquarters in Heidelberg and later Stuttgart.

Colonel Cook served in the Pentagon on the Army General Staff until he was selected to command an Army air defense artillery battalion. This spit-and-polish outfit was responsible for the air defense of the national capital region. Command came naturally for the colonel and his unit achieved unprecedented results on inspections and evaluations. In 1961, he was assigned to the Intelligence Division, NATO Headquarters at Fontainebleau, France, until his return to Fort Holabird, MD in 1964. There he headed the National Agency Check Center, the military clearinghouse for vetting personal security clearances. In 1967, Colonel Cook was again sent into harm’s way, this time to Vietnam as Chief of Military Intelligence for the Military Assistance Command. In 1968, Colonel Cook was assigned to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii where he served on the Pacific Army General staff. After more than 30 years, his final assignment brought him full circle for Narberth to Valley Forge Military Hospital. Colonel Cook retired from the Army in 1972 after having served the nation for more than 32 years.

Harvey Cook will be remembered by his family and many friends as having a wonderful sense of humor. He could get into a fit of laughter that was contagious. passion for baseball, especially the Phillies, never diminished. He was also an avid reader of Military History. Colonel Cook was a Mason and member of the Central Presbyterian Church, Downingtown, as well as the Lion’s Club. He served the community as a valued citizen, his country as a patriot-soldier and God as faithful-serving Christian. He, as so many of this “greatest generation” fought evil because they would not live with the consequences of being bystanders. In a world of fear and terror, we owe them much. But most of all, he was a good husband and father who will be missed greatly by those who survive him.

Bonnie, his wife of 63 years, and Harvey met on a blind date at Michigan State in 1939. They enjoyed a full, adventurous life together living and traveling all over the world. One of their favorite pastimes was playing golf on winter vacations to Myrtle Beach. Through all the moves and excitement, they raised four children, had six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

Contact Ranger Cook's son at: Jcallaghan924@aol.com



Cook Jr., John M. POW: Ex-Cabanatuan

31 May 2003

See tribute in Photo Gallery


Corona, John J. 2D

20 November 2003


Coughlin, Francis 'Fran'  5HQ

29 March 2013 


Coughlin, Theresa (wife of Francis 'Fran' Coughlin)

14 November 2008



Cox, Donald E. 3B / ex-POW

06 December 2003

Stalag 2B



Crawford, Franklin A. 3C / ex-POW

13 July 2005 

Stalag 7A 

Contact Granddaughter if you remember him: jik819@cox.net



Crook, George 2E

 December 2011


Daly, Timothy 5C

25 July 2007



Daugherty, Vernon E. 3D / ex-POW

28 September 2006,
Tucson, Arizona

Stalag 2B



Davis, Harold C. 1Hq/B

02, January, 2013 Kamiah, ID


Davis, Roy 6A




Deeb , Peter 1F /4 Original Darby Ranger

05 November 2007



DeFoe, LaVern “Ben” 3B

27 March 2006, Idaho



Denbo, Charles Huston 2E

15 May 2006

Purple Heart



Denbo, Marybell (Wife of Charles Huston Denbo) 2E

October 2009



DiMarco, Angelo 1E



Dineen, Zelly J. 1E / ex-POW

18 November 2006

Stalag 2B



Dix, Fred 2F

December 2007

Purple Heart



Donato, Joseph 1D



Dorman, Elwood “Woody” 5D

13 September 2006

Ranger Hall of Fame - 2008

Rangers Dorman and Reed blew the hole in the barbed wire that

day on the bloody beaches enabling those trapped on the beaches

to escape single file through the minefield that was all part of

Hitler's "Atlantic Wall". Ranger Dorman now answers to a higher

calling. Go in peace, dear Ranger!



Duberville , Franklin 4F

31 July 2008



Dubois, Robert 1A

Dunegan, Francis 5D

17 October 2006



Dutcher, Donald 5A

09 February 2005

Joined the 5th Rangers at Camp Forrest, landed on D-Day, fought with

the 5th across Europe and returned to the States with the 5th.

I am proud of my father... adutch@insighthb.com



Dwyer, Sam 2F

06 February 2008



Dye, Joseph 1E / 4A/F Original Darby Ranger

18 January 2005, Cold Spring, New York

Silver Star 2/13/43

He was a previous resident of Waverly Hall, Georgia. MSgt Dye was an original member of the 1st Ranger Battalion serving under Colonel Darby  in North Africa and Italy during World War II. He also served with the 82nd Airborne as a Sky Diving Instructor at West Point Military Academy, Ft Benning and Fort Bragg. Upon his retirement in 1959 MSgt Dye became a Military Instructor at Cardinal Farley Military Academy. He is survived by his wife of 45 years Helen, his son Joseph Dye, Jr. and four stepchildren. He is greatly missed by his nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren



Eberle, Gerald “Jerry” 2Hq

23 February 2005

Bronze Star



Edlin, Robert “Bob” 2A

01 April 2005, Corpus Christi, TX

Distinguished Service Cross; Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Ranger Hall of Fame

Book: “The Fool Lieutenant” by Marcia Moen


 Eineichner, Clarence "Charlie" W. 1 HG 3 HG

15 March 2011 Sterling Heights, Michigan



Elder, Eugene E. “Gene” 2F

04 April 2005, Cherokee, Iowa

Bronze Star; Purple Heart



Elliott, Clyde W. 1B / 3C Original Darby Ranger

11 May 1967


Ellis, Thurman B. 3C

30 November 2010



Emerson, Irving F. 1E / 4B Original Darby Ranger

15 August 1996

Purple Heart



Engelhardt, Martin 6B

 20 August 2006



Epperson, Conway 2Hq

20 April 2007

Silver Star; Bronze Star



Epstein, Herb 5Hq

March 2009



Fattorusso, Joseph 2B



Fauber, William 1D


Fedors, John 3E

2 September 2012



Ferguson, Delbert 2A

10 April 2007

He saw action on D-Day, wounded, received a Bronze Star, Silver Star, and Purple Heart for his actions during the invasion. Ranger Ferguson was one of the Rangers that successfully climbed Point du Hoc. He was a true hero, as with every other soldier that has ever served.

Posted by nephew Tony Shafer Allbro2t@aol.com 



Fende, John 2B

March 2011


Ferrier, Edgar A.  3B

10 July 2013


Ferris, Harold B.  3A

28 June 2013



Fineberg, Joe   4Hq  

24 June 2007

Posted by daughter Deborah Pollack dcpollack@bellsouth.net



Fitch, Bernard 2Hq 

6 July 2004  

Nat'l Cemetery, Battle Creek, MI



Fleser,  Theodore 'Ted' S. 1D

03 February 2011 



Flynn, George 6B



Foust, William C. 6E  

11 June 1980

Died in traffic accident at the intersection of US 35 and US 31 North of Kokomo, Indiana June 11, 1980.

Posted by son Rick Foust bsu73@yahoo.com



Frederick, Don 1F



Galbraith, John 1Hq/A 3Hq.

30 October 2009, Sioux Falls, SD



Gary, Robert “Page” Col. (r) 2A

06 May 2009

Purple Heart w/Oak Leaf Cluster; Ranger Hall of Fame 2009



Geitz, Bill 2Hq



Gilbert, Lawrence 'Red" 1F

13 October 2012

Ranger Gilbert's Obituary

Don Moore's War Tales story about Red Gilbert



Gillespie, Robert 2Hq

18 August 2007

Purple Heart


Gillette, Robert L.  1A




Gleckl, Gilbert 2Hq

03 March 2009



Goad, Clarence 3B / ex-POW

21 February 2008

Stalag 2B



Goff, Leonard L. 2D

09 September 2005

Posted by Dan Lackey nephew DL243@aol.com

 Goranson ,Capt. Ralph E.  2C

14 November 2012

Commanding officer of Charlie company 2nd Ranger Bn , DSC for his action on Omaha beach 6.6.44


Gorman, John W. 2D

04 June 2009



Grace, Jr., Thomas A. 6F

11 January 2007

Participated in the Raid on Cabanatuan



Graziose, Eugene 2E

August 2007

Purple Heart w/two Oak Leaf Clusters

Joined E-Co as a replacement after 6 June 1944 and remained until October 1945 when the Bn was disbanded.



Gregory, William D. 2HQ

06 December 2006, Shelbyville, TN

Transferred from the 8th Inf. Division to the 2nd Ranger Battalion at Camp Forrest, Tn. and landed at Pont de Hoc, Normandy June 6, 1944 and fought with the Battalion throughout the war.  Bill was from Zama, Mississippi.


Griffith, Delbert G. 6B

21 January 2013


Griffith, Leon  6A

10 August 2013


Gummel, Kenny 1C 3A Original Darby Ranger

8 September 2004, Maryland

Prospecthill Cemetery, DC



Gunther, Harold 2E

07 August 2005

Silver Star; Purple Heart

2E Platoon Sgt from start to finish, Camp Forrest, TN to April 1943



Haley, George R., Ltc (R) 5E

10 August 2003, Plymouth, MA.

National Cemetery, Bourne, MA

He served in WWII in the 5th Rangers, E Co. He also served in Korea and three tours in Viet Nam. 

Thank you...a proud son! GEORGE HALEY II GRH911@earthlink.net



Hamrick, Verne 5E

12 June 2008



Harlow, Robert 1C / 3 Original Darby Ranger

27 October 2004

(click here to link to photo)



Harman, Rufus A. “Bud” 6/E

17 February 2008 



 Harris, William 6E

17 October 2008, Novato, CA


Harris, Randall 1F



Harsch, Kenneth 2/D

03 February 2008



Hawkins, George 1C / 4Hq Original Darby Ranger

11 December 2003, Lakewood, CA 


Hawkins, Leota (Wife George Hawkins)

February 2004, Lakewood, CA



Heaney, Gerald 2Hq



Hebbeler, Elmer F. 2C

23 September 2003

Purple Heart

Oak Hill Cemetery, w/full military graveside service by Vanderburgh County Retired Veterans.

Mr. Hebbeler retired in 1979 after 26 years as an Evansville firefighter and also worked at Meisler Carthage. He was employed at Finke Furniture, where he met his future wife, Avanelle Postlethweight. Elmer was a WWII Army veteran, serving as a member of the 2nd Ranger Battalion, Company C. His unit was the first to hit Omaha Beach on D-Day. It was also the company upon which the movie, "Saving Private Ryan" was based. He had the opportunity to go back to Normandy and was present at the 50th anniversary of D-Day where President Reagan gave an address at Pointe du Hoc. He was a member of the Vanderburgh County Retired Veterans Club, U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion, the Retired Police & Fireman's Association, the National Ranger Battalions Association, the Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin Ranger's Chapter, the Ranger's Michigan Ohio Valley Chapter, VFW Post 1114, the American Legion and a lifetime member of St. Lucas United Church of Christ.



Hefflefinger, Hugo (Colonel) 5D/HQ

07 December 2004

 "A FOND FAREWELL" By: 1st. Lt Raymond Herlihy (5D/Hq)

The remaining members of the 5th Ranger Battalion were

genuinely shocked by the recent death of retired Colonel

Hugo "Heff" Hefflefinger. Members of Co. "D" were most

grievously affected; since Captain Hefflefinger was our young

Captain when the Rangers were formed in Sept. 1943 at Camp

Forrest, Tenn.

The Captain was an incredible Task Master-extremely demanding

and exacting. Yet, he was not devoid of understanding and

consideration. His belief was, "I'll drive you to perfection because

I'll then be assured you will perform valiantly in combat.

Moreover, it guarantees and insures less casualties and deaths."

He followed his WW11 experiences in Korea and Viet Nam.

All the survivors of Co. "D" bid him "A Fond Farewell" and

present him a FINAL AND LAST SALUTE!



Herder, Harry 5C


Book: We Remember WWII (Personal Accounts)



Herlihy, Raymond M. 5/D

03 June 2008



Hermsen, Paul 1C



Herring, Thomas 5C

30 May 2005, Charlotte, NC

Arlington National Cemetery

Ranger Hall of Fame



Hildreth, Lester 5B



Hirchert, Harry C. 1C

12 December 2003



Hodgson, John 5F

18 August 2006

Arlington National Cemetery w/ "Once an Eagle Ceremony"


Hoffman, Wilbur "Bill" 2D

7 January 2013 



Holy, Norman 1F / 4E Original Darby Ranger

27 May 2004



Homan, Charles T. 2D

August 2001

Submitted Son, Philip G. Homan, SGM (R)



Hope, Robert “Bob” 3B/D

28 December 2004



Houseman, Richard 3B

11 March 1967



Houseman, Robert 1A / 3B / ex-POW

10 March 1994

Stalag 2B

Houseman Triplets

(click on Houseman Triplets in blue to see more details)



Houseman, Roy 3B

10 March 2008



Hubbard, Richard "Dick" 2E

22 June 2012 Hamilton, Ohio

Dick's Obituary




Hudnell , James H. 2/D

09 December 2007

Purple Heart



Hunt, Russell 1D



Hurd, Windle 5D



Hutton, George F. Commando Unit

23 April 23, 2005, Ipswich, England

Lifetime member of the RBA Western Chapter



Ingall, Wilbur  5A

29 November 2012



Jackson, Maurice Walter 2Hq/E

06 October 1989, Reno, Nevada

Purple Heart (Hill 400)



Jackson, Virginia “Meme” (Wife of Maurice Jackson 2Hq/E)

12 April 2004, Elko, NV

See Maurice Jackson in Photo Gallery

Contact: Daughter Lynn Towne: rmtowne@aol.com


Jacobs, Shirley C. 1Hq

7 December 2010, CA



Johnson, George 3B – ex-POW

08 February 2008

Stalag 3B



Johnson, Lonnie 1C



Jones, Ivor 2Hq

02 December 2005

Purple Heart



Karboski, Stanley 1Hq/E



Keating Sr., John “Jack” 2Hq

28 March 2006


Keefer Jr., Mark   2E

16 March 2013


Kegley, Green 1E



Kelly, Kenneth W.   4B / FSSF

05 July 2003, Carlisle, PA.

He proudly served in World War II as a corporal in Darby’s Rangers, Company B, 4th Ranger Battalion, U.S. Army and in the Canadian Special Forces in Naples-Foggia, Sicily, Rome-Arno and Southern France. He held the European- African- Middle Eastern Service Medal with four bronze stars, a good- conduct medal and a victory medal.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.



Kerchner, George Francis 2D

17 February 2012, VA

George Francis Kerchner passed away quietly in his sleep at his home in Midlothian, Va. on Feb 17, just 5 days short of his 94th birthday. George was born on Feb. 22, 1918 to the late John and Caroline Kerchner, formerly of 1823 North Caroline Street in Baltimore and attended Poly High School before working as a security guard for the Pennsylvania Railroad and also for the Arundel Ice Cream Company, a family business established in 1920 and named for a rowing club which was popular at that time.

George married his high school sweetheart, the former Violet Irene Schuneman, formerly of 458 South Bentalou Street in 1938.

 George enlisted in the US Army in June 1942, receiving his infantry training at Camp Wheeler in Georgia where he entered NCO school in September and then Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning in October, 1942. George served as a Platoon Leader with the 119th Infantry, 30th Division (“Old Hickory”) until September, 1943 when he shipped overseas as a Replacement Officer. In November, he volunteered for the elite US Army Rangers, later telling an interviewer that “if I was going to be in the Army, I was going in the best outfit there was.”

George joined the 2nd Ranger Battalion in Dec, 1943 and began training for what General Omar Bradley called, “… the toughest of any task assigned on June 6, 1944 (D-Day)”  (Douglas Brinkley, “The Boys of Pt du Hoc”). George and his fellow Rangers, under the command of Col James Rudder were to climb 100’ cliffs under heavy German fire, then destroy six large German guns which were in position to fire down upon both Utah and Omaha beaches, as well as the sea lanes approaching the Allied landing zones.

While still on the beach, George assumed command of D Company when his fellow officers were either killed or severely wounded. Although later quoted in a 2011 Documentary by the Discovery Channel as saying he “didn’t feel like a hero,” both his men and his commanding officers felt otherwise. For his actions during their harrowing ordeal, George was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, second only to the Medal of Honor. His commendation, reads in part, “By his determined leadership and outstanding heroism, he led his company in the successful assault upon and captured the 155 mm enemy gun positions. While engaged in this operation, Lt Kerchner and 15 members of his organization were cut off from the main body and surrounded for two and a half days. He tenaciously and courageously held his position until relieved and was a constant inspiration and source of encouragement to his troops.”  50 years later, a fellow Ranger confided in one of Mr. Kerchner’s sons, “When we were surrounded for so long, I had started to cry and would have kept it up if it wasn’t for your dad jumping in my foxhole and holding me like a baby.”

In July of 1944, the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co announced on the Gary Moore-Jimmy Durante radio show, “In your honor Lt Kerchner, the makers of Camel cigarettes are sending to our fighters overseas, 400,000 Camel cigarettes.”

George was wounded 3 months later, shot through the shoulder while in action near the town of St Lo. After convalescing, he served out the remainder of the war as an infantry battle courses instructor. He then joined the National Guard, receiving his commission from Maryland Governor Herbert O’Conor in a signed letter dated Sept 10, 1946.

Lt  Kerchner rose through the ranks, eventually serving 8 years as Executive Officer, Headquarters 2nd Battalion, 175th Infantry, Maryland National Guard, retiring in 1962 with the rank of Lt Colonel.

After the war, George returned to work for The Arundel and helped grow the business to a point where their 36 dealer and company owned stores throughout Baltimore sold more hand dipped ice cream than any other dairy in the area.

While a Supervisor at their Northwood store, George played a minor role in Baltimore’s integration struggle. In April of 1959, he was quoted as telling the student protesters, “I want you to know that you (negroes) have as much right to come here as anyone else.”

 George was eventually elected President of the Arundel and as majority stockholder agreed to sell out to the old Fairlanes Company.

In 1970, George moved his family to Ocean City, Maryland and bought the Chalet Apartments, a small hotel then located bayside at 10th Street. He enjoyed boating, fishing and everything about the slower pace of the Maryland’s Eastern Shore except maybe Ocean City’s summer crowds. George and Vi celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary shortly before she succumbed to cancer in January, 1989.

 George later met and fell in love with his second wife, the former Kathryn (Kay) Fairchild who survives him. George and Kay recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary together.


In addition to Vi, George is predeceased by his brother John and his sisters; Mary Loretta and Mary Lucille. In addition to Kay, George is survived by his daughter, Mary Lou Kerchner and his 3 sons; John Francis Kerchner, Thomas Joseph Kerchner and Gregory Paul Kerchner. He is also survived by 4 grandsons, 2 great grandsons and 2 great granddaughters.


Private services are planned in Midlothian, Va. In lieu of flowers, the family asks  that donations be made in his name to either;

The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va, PO Box 77, Bedford, Va 24523

or to

Descendants of WWII Rangers, Ranger Ben Temkin, National Treasurer,

80-35 Springfield Blvd., Apt. 3M, Queens Village, NY 11427

The Independent, a UK newspaper paid tribute to Ranger Kerchner as well.

Read it here 



Keylor, Hildreth 5B

06 May 2008


Kindle, Jack W. 3

12 January 2005



King, Robert L. 2A

20 May 1991



Kish, Elmer 2Hq

15 March 2009



Kitchen, Edward B 1 / 3C

28 July 2009



Kirk, Leonard  4/ FSSF

10 June 2007

Purple Heart w/Oak Leaf Cluster Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal

Ranger Kirk was a World War II member of the 4th Ranger Battalion and the 1st Special Service Force.   He was a retired Baptist Deacon in his home of Huntington, WV and was a retired steelworker.  Posted by Wade Lnenicka wlnenicka@yahoo.com



Kladakis, Manuel 5A/Hq

15 June 2006



Klaus, William 2A

28 December 2006

Silver Star; Purple Heart w/Oak Leaf Cluster

Bill Klaus was the pattern for Ranger non-coms on 6 June, 1944.


Barbara Klein, Wife of George Klein 2F
24 April  2012
Glenview, IL



Klein, Charles “Charlie” 5F

20 March 2006



Klett, Henry “Hank” 5E

06 July 2006



Kluezynski, Alphonse 1C / ex-POW

16 August 2006

Stalag 2B

Ranger Kluezynski came in at North Africa. He was a POW for 17 months and made the 3-month walk from west of the Polish border to the other side of Berlin in the worst winter Germany ever had.



Kness, Lester E. 1E / 4A Original Darby Ranger

08 December 2006

Participated in the Dieppe Raid/ Ranger Hall of Fame



Kohl, Francis “Webb” 2A

22 July 2006

Purple Heart



Koons, Franklin 1D

October 2006



Krise, Edward 3/Hq/F  Medic

12 December 2003

Purple Heart

Arlington National Cemetery



LaCasse, Lawrence J. 6A

21 May 2004



LaLande, Eli 6B

14 October 2004



Lamphier, Orville 6A

May 2004



Laughlin, Harry Donald 5D

22 July 2012

Bunker HilI, IL


Laycoax, Russell 1D



Lehmann, Jr, Carl H. 1B/3C

23 January 2013, Baltimore, MD

Funeral Home Memorial Page, Services for Carl




Leighton, Charles 1E

01 February 2008, San Diego, CA



Leighton, Kenneth A. 2Hq 

12 October 2003



Lemon, Charles Cameron 5B

28 July 2005, Charleston, WV



Lewis, Jack 3D

10 April 2006



Libby, Charles 4



Liscinsky, Steven A. 2Hq

30 March 1921 – 04 September 2003

Holy Spirit Hospital Camp HiII

Purple Heart

Served with the US. Army during World War II as a Ranger in the 2nd Battalion and scaled the cliffs of Pointe Du Hoc on D-Day. He graduated from Penn State in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in forestry and in 1951 with a Masters Degree in science. He was a wildlife biologist for the state Game Commission for 32 years. He was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church and also an Eagle Scout who enjoyed bird watching, hunting, fishing, and plant grafting. He loved the outdoors.



Lomell, Leonard "Bud" G. 2D

01 March 2011 Tom's River, NJ

Lorett, James 2Hq.

23 May 2009

Purple Heart


Low, Austin W.  4D/1F

11 November 2003



Luckhurst, Judson 1F  ex-POW Original Darby Ranger

9 July 2004

Stalag 2B



Lumadue, Harold N. 3A   

21 March 2007



Lyman, Thomas J. “Tom” 6D Cpt / CO

03 May 2005

Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, IL 



MacDonald, Howard Arthur 5F

01 March 2007

(1922-2007) An elementary school teacher once accused Massachusetts's native, Howard Arthur MacDonald, of not working to potential. Howard graduated from Natick High with two letters in hockey and an all-star title for his defense. While working for Polaroid, he enlisted in the army and as a First Sergeant with the 5th Ranger Battalion, took shrapnel at Omaha Beach, Normandy on D-Day, WWII. While recovering, he fell in love with the lovely Barbara Grady of the Women's Army Corps, married her in '45 and had a daughter in '47. Howard earned a bachelor's degree from Northeastern University and worked as an engineer for MIT's Lincoln Laboratory. With drafting and carpentry skills, he built two houses with his own hands as his daughter, wrapped in a snowsuit, handed him the nails. He retired and moved to Chandler, AZ in 1980 where he helped raise three grandchildren, teaching them dignity, respect and the value of a well told joke. He conquered and subdued golf courses all over Arizona, cheered on the Suns and the D'Backs and enjoyed time with his 
great-grandchildren, occasionally letting the eldest beat him at cards. After 84 years of exceeding his own potential, he fell asleep in his own bed for the last time, March 1, 2007. He is survived by his wife of 61 years; a daughter; 3 grand and 5 great grandchildren. To honor his memory, shake a veteran's hand and thank them for their service. 
Thank you for your time. 
Joel Smalley, grandson  willspeare@cox.net,



Madden, Merle L.   5E

05 December 1982



Malatesta, Joseph R. 6E

January 2006



Mannie, Earl 2D




Mannie, Iona (wife of Ranger Earl Mannie 2D)

24 May 2005


Mantwell, Leslie H.  6B

12 June 2013


Markham, Kenneth 1F

20 October 2004



Markson, Jordan 4E



Marty, Raymond 1Hq/E / 4C Original Darby Ranger

15 April  2006

Sgt Ray Marty was one of the Original 500 members of Darby's 1st Ranger Battalion, making the amphibious assault on North Africa with them. Ranger Marty then became training cadre for the 3rd Ranger Battalion and made the assault on Sicily with that unit. After again participating in the training of the 4th Battalion, Ray made his last amphibious landing during the assault on Salerno, Italy. He served his country from April 1939 until July 1944.


Maurisak, Harry H.  1st Battalion

11 September 2012 


McCloskey, Regis 2F

03 April 2008

Silver Star; Purple Heart



McClure, Kendall 2D



McDevitt Jr., John Patrick "Jack" 4D 

15 May 1992 Mansfield, OH

Family contact: daughter - Colleen McDevitt colleenmcd59@yahoo.com


McEleney, Edward J. 5B

03 July 2004

Received Silver Star



McGrath, Edward 5/D

Unknown - Not in Database



McIllwain, Walter 5 



McIllwain, Gloria “Sis” (Wife of Walter McIllwain 5) 

04 May 2004



McKinnon, Angus Gillis “Mac” 1F

Born in Geneva , Alabama on October 22, 1919 to Luther Gillis McKinnon and Willie Lee Slaughter McKinnon. He was the sixth of eight children in the family. Mac spent his childhood years in Alabama , with his family eventually settling in Quincy , Florida . He graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and was a lifelong fan of the Tennessee Vols. Mac's friends and family would describe him as all-American, with a hearty laugh and a true appreciation of his fellow man. 

Mac was proud to have served his country during World War II in Company F, First Ranger Battalion of the United States Army, where he achieved the rank of first lieutenant. He fought with the armed forces in Sicily, Italy, and Africa . Among his many honors, he was awarded a Purple Heart. 

In the mid-fifties, Mac and his family moved to Houston from Knoxville . The family quickly put down roots, enjoying a large circle of friends. Mac was an active participant in youth sports, often coaching his children's teams, including football, Little League baseball, and basketball.



McKnight, John 3E

27 May 2009



McVay, Jim 1E/4B

May 2012




Meade, Steven Col. 1A Original Darby Ranger

19 May 2004

Arlington National Cemetery



Mercuriali, Gino 1D / 4B Original Darby Ranger

19 September 1920 - 09 January 2006

Received Bronze Star

Memorial Park Cemetery, Sioux City, Iowa

Served in 5 different Ranger companies during WWII. He was also pictured on the cover of Life Magazine during WWII in a feature on the Rangers. He was often known to his Ranger Comrades as "Big Mercy."



Merrill, Richard P. “Dick” 2E CO

18 March 2005, at his residence

Arlington National Cemetery

Silver Star; Purple Heart w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters

Merrill, __________ (Wife of Richard P. Merrill 2E/CO

Arlington National Cemetery



Metzgar, Melvin 4Bn

14 August 2004



Miller, Charles L. 1A

16 July 1972 of a heart attack 

Paddletown Cemetery, Newberrytown, York County, PA 

Submitted September 2003 by son: Jeffrey A. Miller



Miller, John Austin 1F/4D Original Darby Ranger

02 January 2007

Purple Heart



Miller, Seymour 1B 3C/D

March 2009



Miller, Victor 5E



Monacelli, Frank 2D



Moore, Joe E. 1st Bn

19 January 2004



Moore, Marvin 1B

February 2008

Purple Heart


Morris, Earl 1A 4Hq

03 October 2003

A poem has been written in Ranger Morris' Honor, to view click here:




Mosberg, Stanley– 1Hq, 1RFHq

02 July 2012
Place of Death – Banning, CA


Moseley, Cecil (aka: James C. Moseley) 1 /3A / Original Darby Ranger

06 February 2005

Cecil was one of the original Rangers of the 1st Bn. who trained with General William O. Darby; later assigned to the 3rd Bn.; went through the Dieppe Raid and was wounded in Italy.  He was a member of the WWII Ranger Darby Chapter. We have lost a dear friend and comrade.



Most, Norton 6Hq/B

8 July 2005


Nagengast, Jerome “Jerry” 1C

18 October 2006



Nance, Alvin H. 2D

13 May 2006 

Arlington National Cemetery

Purple Heart



Nelson, David 5D

07 December 2007



Nelson, George 1E / Original Darby Ranger



Nelson, Lois N. (Wife of George Nelsen1E)

21 October 2004



Nelson, Ward 6D

04 February 2005, Waterville, WA


Nezezon, Stephen J.  2HQ

22 February 2001


Nordland, John 1A

26 July 2006



Nordland, Claire (Wife of John Nordland 1A)

13 February 2001


Nyland, Albert  5C

17 December 2011



O'Connor, Ed 2A

June 2006, Wisconsin

Book: We Remember WWII



O'Hare, James J. “Red” 5A

18 April 2008



O'Keefe, William “Billy” 2F

08 July 2006

Purple Heart

Family contact: Niece Ann O'Keefe: Am1oK@aol.com 



Olesen, Robert H.   1C/HQ 

30 August 2007



Ostrowski, Bernard 6E

April 2012



Palumbo, Charles L.   3A / ex-POW

21 January 1964

Stalag 2B

Contact Son Lewis Palumbo LAPalumbo@raytheon.com



Parsons, William T. 1D / 4

02 December 2006



Patrick, James K. 2Hq

05 October 2008

Silver Star; Purple Heart



Patrinos, Paul  1C

November 2012



Patterson, Albert F. 6A

06 February 2007


Pecker, Jack  5HQ

28 October 2010



Perry, John J. 5A

10 June 2008



Perry, Miyoko (Wife of John Perry 5A)

January 2007



Peterson. Ronald I. 1D / Original Darby Ranger

20 July 2008



Pfrunder, David L. 1E / Original Darby Ranger

12 December 2003 



Pickens, Jr Thomas 5E



Poliseno, Dominick 3C



Pollard, Lloyd 4D

27 November 2005

Purple Heart

Queen of Heaven Cemetery



Potratz, Melvin G. “Bud” 2D

01 February 2007

Purple Heart



Prince, Morris 2A

03 August 2007



Prince, Robert W. 6C

01 January 2009

Led the greatest rescue mission in American History "Raid on Cabanatuan"

Distinguished Service Cross; Ranger Hall of Fame



Prince, Barbara (Wife Of Robert W. Prince 6C) 

December 2003



Proudfit, William H. 6F

06 January 2007

Pfc. Proudfit was one of the thirty men under the command of Lt. John Murphy who fired the first small arms fire during the "Great Raid" at the rear of the Cabanatuan POW camp on January 30, 1945. The Raid and rescue of POW's held at Cabanatuan is known for being the greatest rescue mission in American history.



Provencher , Leland 6/C

26 December 2007



Pruitt , Lloyd 1F/ 4F

05 August 2005, Phoenix, AZ




Przbylo, Joseph 1

February 2012



Putney, Hebert 5A

13 September 2009



Pyles, Robert S. 2E

30 April 2004

Purple Heart



Pyrtle, William C. 5A

26 March 2005



Rambis, Michael   1Hq/E / 4/Hq Original Darby Ranger

12 June 2008



Red, Doy 5D 

09 January 2004, Fresno, CA



Reed, Robert “Bob: 1Hq / 3Hq

11 January 2004



Reed , Nathan C. 2E

22 May 2008

Purple Heart w/Oak Leaf Cluster



Reville, John 5F

16 October 2011



Richardson, Earl 1C / ex-POW

28 December 2006

Stalag 2B



Riedinger, Lawrence 6D

05 February 2006



Robbins, Alvie 6C 

08 April 2003



Roberts, Orvil 6D

24 August 2005



Robey, Hayward 2E

09 February 07

Bronze Star; Purple Heart w/Oak Leaf Cluster



Robinson, Claude N. 2B

25 December 2003



Romine, June  (Wife of Micky Romine 3Hq/Medic / ex-POW)

25 December 2003



Rose, Andrew J. 5D

28 August 2006

Bronze Star, Purple Hearts with Oak Leaf Cluster, Euopean Afrian Middle Eastern Campaign, Two Presidential Citations

Jack was born Sept. 22, 1919 in Cameron, Okla. to Dillard and Angeline Smith Rose. He was a 44th Battalion Army Ranger and decorated World War II veteran who served in the European Theater. His decorations and citations include the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Bronze Star, and two Purple Heart Medals with Oak Leaf Clusters for wounds received in action at both Omaha Beach, France and Germany. He worked for over 45 years as a carpenter and moved to Lompoc in 1991 where he belonged to the American Legion Post 211 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1717.



Roush, James 2B

26 July 2006

Purple Heart 



Roush,Clara Wife of James Roush 2B



Rubenstein, Manning 2B/C

14 December 2004, Baltimore, Maryland

Silver Star; Purple Heart w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters

Manning was a highly regarded and respected officer among the 2nd Bn Rangers



Rubin, Leonard 2D

19 October 2007



Rusin, Michael 1A / 3B Darby Original Darby Ranger

11 March 2007



Rutkowski, Edward 5C

02 March 2002


Sabine, Jr.  George G.  3F

22 January 2011



Sack. Herman F. 5Hq

07 March 2011 New Jersey

See tribute in Photo Gallery


Salinas, Noe  4E

04 August 2013



Salomon, Sidney 2B/C

21 January 2004

Arlington National Cemetery

2 Silver Stars; Purple Heart w/Oak Leaf Cluster; Ranger Hall of Fame

Contact Sid's daughter Karla: karladadd@sbcglobal.net



Samet, Henry 1F

11 October 2008

Purple Heart



Sayre, Harold R. 2/HQ


Was part of the D-Day invasion, went all through Europe and received the bronze star and a purple heart. If any of the other rangers who reads this that can remember him please let me know at zman0393@aol.com.  

Posted by Great Grandson Zack Scott



Schilli, Francis 6C

03 December 2008



Schunemann, Gus 1B / ex-POW

19 October 2004

A marvelous New Hampshire man passed away yesterday, WWII Ranger Gus Schunemann. He was a 1st Ranger Battalion man who was at Anzio and Cisterna.  After his capture at Cisterna, he escaped from a POW train and lived in an Italian village for 6 months until liberation. Last I knew, he's also a member of USARA.  He finished his Army career as a SGM E9 and returned to this area to become an active and respected member of the Greater Manchester community. It was my privilege to meet and chat with Gus a number of times over recent years. He wrote a very nice memoir of his Army experiences during the War.



Shalala, James 2E

09 March 2006 (Auto accident)



Shalala, Patricia (Wife of James Shalala)

09 March 2006 (Auto Accident)



Sharp, Rex 6B

21 October 2003

Fort Smith National Cemetery 



Sherrill, James 5F

16 October 2004

Landed on D-day on the beaches of Normandy, awarded a Bronze Star when he silenced a German machine gun nest. Also awarded two purple hearts. Ranger Sherrill and his wife Anne are the owners of "Ranger Island Marina" the first marina on Lake Norman in North Carolina. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, respect for others, and his love for his family and his country.

Memorial Donations made be made to the American Heart Assn., 222 Church Street, Suite 203, Charlotte, NC  28202



Shoaf , Guy C. 2/HQ

03 September 2007



Shobey, John 2/A

03 March 2003



Shunstrom, Charles 1Hq/C Original Darby

04 December 1972, Buffalo, NY

Arlington National Cemetery

Silver Star; Bronze Star; Purple Heart w/Oak Leaf Cluster



Shuput, Michael 1E Original Darby Ranger

01 December 2003

Purple Heart

Arlington National Cemetery



Sievers, Jack 5D



Skarie, Robert W. 1A

28 February 2007, Fort Wayne, IN




Slater, Duke 2Hq/2D




Sorvisto, Edwin 2C

04 October 2006


South, Frank  2HQ

4 March 2013


Sparaco, Dominic 2D



Sparaco, Ida

(Wife of the late Ranger Dominic Sparaco)

Mrs. Ida A. Sparaco, widow of Dominic Sparaco (2D), died at home on Thursday, February 7, 2013. She is survived by her daughter Donna Sparaco, Donna's fiancee, Tony DeGeorge (PA) ; her son Dominic, his wife Kathy, and three grandchildren, Joseph, Ryan and Cody Sparaco(FL).

Condolences may be sent to Ms. Donna Sparaco, 40 Montevision Rd, Mt. Pocono, PA 18344 (Phone: 570-895-2342)



Stabler, Sr., Hollis D.   4Hq / FSSF

12 November 2007

Book: “No One Ever Asked Me” – his story 



Stealey, Richard 1B / 3D

22 October 2006



Steele, Frank A. 1E / 4B / FSSF

27 July 1991



Stein, Herman "Herm" 2F

27 June 2012 Berkeley Lake, GA

Herm's Obituary



Stivison, William J. 2F

02 April 2007

Silver Star; Purple Heart w/Oak Leaf Cluster



Stojak, Andrew “Andy” 1E / 4C

September 2008 


Strausbaugh, Leo V. 6B

13 January 2011 


Suchier, Oscar Art 5A/F

02 November 2006, West Palm Beach, FL. 


Swazey, Vaughn  5HQ

6 October 2006


Sweany, Melvin W. 2D

04 October 2006 


Szima, Alex 1Hq/C

13 September 2006

Purple Heart  


Templeton, Calin 5Hq

16 May 2011


Thompson, Bud 4F 

21 December 2011 


Tibbets, William 2Hq

December 2003 


Tolias, Charles S. 2Hq/A

photo courtesy John Tolias

15 April 2003

Purple Heart

West Roxbury (MA) - Charles S. Tolias, 80, of Canton, died Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at the Veterans Administration Hospital after a brief illness.  He was the husband of Annie H. "Honey" (Thomas) Tolias.

Born in Lowell, he was raised in Canton, attended Canton schools and was a lifelong resident of the town. He was a decorated member of the Army 2nd Battalion during World War II, where he was awarded the Bronze Star.  Mr. Tolias enlisted in the Army at the age of 20 with intentions of serving on the front line, and stormed the beach at Normandy on D-Day with 550 men in his battalion, half of whom fell at the hands
of the Germans.
 Later, while traveling through Schmidt, Germany, his jeep hit a land mine. The mine blew him 30 feet into the air, resulting in both legs being amputated following a two-year stay in the hospital.

In 1999, Mr. Tolias was honored for his World War II service with a town square dedicated in his name at the corner of Washington and Bolivar streets in Canton.

He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90 in Norwood, the American Legion Post No. 24 in Canton, and the Canton and Quincy Masons.  He was a founding member of the Canton Town Club where he served as treasurer for more than 40 years.

Survivors include his widow; three children, Stephen C. Tolias of
Norwood, Elaine A. Crowley of Norfolk and John C. Tolias of Middleboro; and five grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Soteria Evangelos, Nicholas Tolias and Helen George.



Thomas, Jack 2E

14 January 2005



Thomas, Phillip V. 5D

02 January 2005



Thomas, Ronald 6C

August 2005

Participated in the Cabanatuan Raid




Thompson, Clarence 4F

December 2011



Thompson, Clyde C. 1F / 4Hq Original Darby Ranger

24 October 2004



Thompson, Edgar 4A

15 December 2008


Tobin, John J.  5HQ

23 March 2013



Treumer, Clarence James 1E Original Darby Ranger

09 April 9 2004

Served with Darby's  Rangers during World War II  1941- 1945  served in European-African-Middle  Eastern campaign. Was very proud of his unit.


Trotter, Emery O. 5E

05 August 2007


Troxell, Lawrence E.  1D&F, 4

18 May 2013 


Tuttle, Vernon 4E

20 February 2013



Twigg, Roger 1F / 4E Original Darby Ranger

21 March 2008



VanAlstine, Earl W. “Bill”   1/E

09 May 1993

Purple Heart

Served in the Italy Campaigns. Was WIA on Nov. 23, 1943, at Mt Venafro, Italy, blinded in both eyes. He received the following Medals, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, PUC, CIB, Good Conduct, Victory WW2 Medal, American Defense Medal. European Middle Eastern Campaign /w 2 Battle Stars, and Spearhead.  Submitted by eldest son Bert VanAlstine (VN vet) bertvanalstine@hotmail.com



Vavak, Frank 6D

13 September 2006



Villant, Bob 5Hq




Vrbancic, Walt 6F

05 May 2004


Wagner, Donald N. 6E

13 November 2007


Wagstaff, Talmage 4F

23 January 2008



Walker, Carl 1D 4F



Walker, William H. 1

11 August 1995, Fresno, California



Warner, Charles  3B/C / ex-POW

15 June 2007  

Charles served in the 3rd Bn and was captured at Anzio serving this time in Germany along with the rest of the 1st and  3rd Bn's. He worked at Dupont  SRS as a chemical engineer. He trained dogs as a hobby and was a good citizen of Aiken. Charles was 84 when he died. He left his wife Jeanne, 3 children and many friends he will be missed.


Warner, Elden W. 5 D/E

14 March 2006


Watts, Benjamin R. “Ralph” 1Hq / 4Hq Original Darby Ranger

03 November 2003

Retired as a Warrant Officer from the Army after 30 yrs. of service 


Werkowski. Paul P. 1D / ex-POW

21 June 2008

Stalag 2B

Purple Heart



Westerholm, Harold 1C/F / 4F Original Darby Ranger

07 Nov 2006


Wigington, John H. 3F

08 January 2011


Williams, George S. 2Hq

30 October 2007

Took Over 2 BN 12/06/44 from Rudder

Bronze Star w/Oak Leaf Cluster



Wilson, Warren 2B

Thanksgiving Day 27 Nov 2003

Purple Heart



Woods, William Paul 1A

29 January 2008


Worman, Russell G.  2HQ

8 March 2007


Yenzer, Ronald 1D /E

20 January 2009

Purple Heart


Young, Leilyn Col. (R) 1Hq / 4 Hq Original Darby Ranger

28 July 2004

Arlington National Cemetery


Zaher, Stephen 5 Hq



Zyrkowski, Henry “Zeke” 2/D

23 October 2008, Illinois

Purple Heart


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Updated 24 March 2014

Obituaries are listed alphabetically Rangers and families are encouraged to submit a photo and history to post in the Ranger Photo Gallery/Ranger Spotlight section.