Hall of Fame
Lester E. Kness is inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame for his bravery
in combat, his skill and compassion as a leader of men and his
intelligence and sound judgment as a Ranger in World War II.
He was one of Colonel Darbyís original Rangers beginning with the
rigorous training at Achnacarry on through the battle of Cisterna.
One of the first of Darbyís Rangers to receive a battlefield
commission, Captain Kness was known as an exceptional leader who was
especially careful of his menís welfare.
During his years as a Ranger, his positions of leadership increased
from platoon leader in Company E, 1st Ranger Battalion to
Commander of Company A, 4th Ranger Battalion to Operations
Officer of the 4th Ranger Battalion.
His bravery, skill, and leadership were extraordinary in battles
such as the one outside a small village of Ceppagna in the Venafro area of
Assigned the task of taking a heavily protected German outpost on a
mountaintop, Ranger Kness led Company A, 4th Ranger Battalion
on an early morning attack in November 1943.
The outpost was taken in 30 minutes as well as capturing 100 German
During the German counterattack the next day, Ranger Kness, while
wounded, led a group of Rangers in a fierce firefight defending the outpost.
After his separation from the Army, Captain Knessí dedication to
the Rangers continued through his service in the Ranger Battalions
Association of World War II. Through
his life, he has epitomized the Ranger spirit and served as a role model
to all whose lives he touched.
LEAD THE WAY!!
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