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A Ranger Who Led the Way!

Honoring Thomas Herring, 5th Battalion "C" company
A more elite soldier who arrived by land or sea ... 





Ranger Thomas E. Herring

Current RBA Secretary/ Treasurer


The Sons&Daughters Organization would like to pay tribute by adding a special thank you to Ranger Herring for his dedication and patience in the counsel and support of the newly formed S&D Organization! 


To repeat the comments made on his contributions as the wizened mentor of the organization as stated in the next column in regard to the USARA, would be an understatement in what he has done to facilitate the S&D.


Our deepest thanks to you

Ranger Herring!




Information courtesy www.Ranger.org

posted June 2003


Ranger Thomas E Herring is identified as an Honorary Member of the 75th Ranger Regiment for his outstanding service as a Ranger during World War II as an original member of the 5th Ranger Battalion, and for his dedicated service as National and Chapter Secretary, Ranger Battalions Association, WWII; President and Executive Vice President, U.S. Army Ranger Association.


Ranger Herring joined the 5th Ranger Battalion when it was activated at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, September 1943. He was a Mortar Squad Leader when he hit the beach at Normandy where the motto, "Rangers Lead The Way" originated and fought with the battalion in all of its major campaigns. He was hospitalized in November 1944 and forced to leave the battalion. Ranger Herring was discharged from the Army in February 1945.


Following WWII, like many returning veterans, Tom Herring entered college under the GI Bill. He graduated from the University of Florida as a Graduate Engineer in February 1950. He worked in international construction for 40 years, retiring as an Estimating Manager responsible for major construction projects from $1 million to over $300 million dollars. In his construction career, Herring worked in 38 countries throughout the continents of Europe, Africa, Asia and North America.


Ranger Herring has given his talents and dedication to the Ranger community by serving as Ranger Battalions WWII Chapter Secretary since 1986 and its National Secretary since 1995. During 1988 through 1990, he demonstrated even more outstanding leadership ability while serving as President, U.S. Army Ranger Association. Currently, Ranger Herring serves as Executive Vice President, U.S. Army Ranger Association and is considered to be the wizened mentor of that association's national officers.


Ranger Thomas E. Herring is a living example of the Ranger Creed. His contributions as a young enlisted Ranger who crossed the beaches of Normandy and fought across the continent of Europe in WWII to save the world from tyranny are an indelible part of Ranger heritage and history. Throughout his civilian career and through his leadership positions in two Ranger associations, most especially his assistance in revitalizing the U.S. Army Ranger Association, he has distinguished himself as a Ranger who has the ability to fight on to the Ranger objective, while never leaving a fallen comrade on the field of battle. His everyday service to these Ranger associations reflect that day on the beach when "Rangers Lead The Way" became a way of life.