By: Edgar A. Ferrier
I was the Headquarters Commandant and Hq Company
Commander of the 5th Ranger Infantry Battalion. I landed in the
third wave of Ranger Force "C" on Omaha Dog Red at about 0750 on D-Day.
The 5th Rangers landed INTACT as a battalion and thus became the
dominant influence on Omaha Dog Beach. We fought our way into
Vierville in the late afternoon, but were stopped from proceeding to
Pointe Du Hoc by the 29th Division command group. Gen Cota was
probably right on that point, we were needed to secure a very fragile
beachhead from expected German counter-attack, and since the German guns
at PdHoc had not influenced the landings, protection of the
beachhead was more important than relief of the 2nd Rangers at PdHoc.
On D+1, I was with the relief force for PdHoc and
ended up in command of that force the evening of D+1 as it dug in at St.
Pierre du Mont for the night of D+1. The next morning, D+2, the rest
of the 5th joined us with LTC Schneider in command, and we relieved the
force at PdHoc.
John C. Raaen, Jr.
Maj Gen, USA-Ret
Approved by MG (Ret) Raaen; 29-Aug-2013