Thomas E. Herring
RBA Secretary/ Treasurer
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!
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.
deepest thanks to you
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.