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 forever. There are some links at the bottom of
Airborne Page Two, to the 101st, 187th, and 82nd history.
"Airborne! All The Way"!