Monthly Archive: July 2015

Jul 12

Ranger Rendezvous Week

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WW II Merrill’s Marauder and Korean War veteran Vincent Melillo, who turns 97 this month, was inducted June 23 as an Honorary Member of the 75th Ranger Regiment during the Distinguished Member of the Regiment ceremony at Ft. Benning .  He is seen with CPT Mason Thornal, 75th Ranger Regiment, who submitted him for the honor.   (L …

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Jul 12

Mrs. Edna Elrod

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Donald Sandefur and Gary Weller visited with Mrs. Edna Elrod, of Clarksville , Georgia to view two photo albums describing the travels of her late husband, George, during his tour with the 101st Airborne, in the second world war. The books were meticulously arranged by Georges sister, a native of South Carolina, from day of …

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Jul 02

History of the Parachute Badge

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     The first Parachute badge was designed during World War II by Captain (later Lieutenant General) William P. Yarborough of the 501st Parachute Battalion. A memorandum of record written by Captain Yarborough on April 22, 1941, tells the story of the birth of the parachute badge.      “On March 3, 1941, I was ordered to …

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