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A Ranger Who Led the Way!

Honoring William Arimond, 1st and 3rd Ranger Battalion "B" Co
A more elite soldier who arrived by land or sea ... 

 

 

 

 

Ranger Arimond was from Duluth, Minnesota. He was part of the original 125th Field Artillery regiment which left Duluth, Minnesota in March 1941. They shipped out to Scotland and were there when Darby went looking for volunteers for the newly formed Special Operations unit known as the "Rangers". He trained at Achnacarry, Scotland and participated in the early US activity in World War II in Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa. 

The many successes of the Original 1st Ranger Battalion in North Africa resulted in the formation of two more Ranger Battalions that were trained at Nemours, North Africa. Ranger Arimond was reassigned to the 3rd Ranger Battalion when this occurred and went on into Sicily and Italy under the 3rd Battalion Co "B". 

The article below tells of his fate after the invasion of Anzio and Cisterna, Italy. At the time this article was written, his family was unaware that he had been taken as a POW with many other Rangers who survived this event in Ranger history.

Ranger Arimond is currently the Vice-president of the RBA (2002-2003) and is very active with the local Rangers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.  

 

Honored by dear friend Micky Axton

March 2003

 

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