On Okinawa in 1954, the 75th Infantry Regiment was formed. Filling its ranks were the
Ranger Companies that had fought in Korea plus the remnants of the 475th Infantry (which
was formed from the 5307th Composite Unit, Merrill's Marauders). On February 1, 1969, the
13 Ranger companies of the 75th Infantry began operations in Vietnam. Their mission was
similar to that of Korea. Individual companies and detachments were assigned to Division
and Corps headquarters to perform patrols, reconnaissance, raids, and scouting missions.
In addition, the Rangers conducted prisoner snatch, bomb damage assessment, and
wiretap missions. While the Rangers were all Airborne qualified, most missions were
executed following a helicopter insertion.
The ranks of the 75th began to swell as Long Range Patrol (LRP) units were added to their
Regiment. Soon the Rangers began conduction Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols
(LRRP's) using 6 and 12 man teams. Ranger units would often run behind enemy lines for
weeks at a time conducting raids and ambushes whenever possible. Other Ranger units
were deployed far ahead of American forces to call in naval gunfire and air strikes on enemy
positions. Since they operated so far ahead, the Rangers were able to direct strikes against
enemy headquarters compounds and rescue American POW's.
The units of the 75th Infantry were so successful in their operations, the Secretary of the
Army dubbed them Neo Marauders. After the Vietnam War ended, the 75th Regiment
became the nucleus of the first peacetime Ranger unit in American History when it was
re-designated the 75th Infantry (RANGER).
I am Proud to say I was a member of the 101st, 187th, and 82nd Airborne Divisions. The feeling is so
indescribable, it just makes you want to stay up there. I was transferred to the 82nd Abn. after being at Ft.
Campbell, Kentucky, in 1967.