Lieutenant Colonel William Orlando Darby
At the start of World War II, Darby became a member of the 34th infantry Division. Darby’s unit went to Northern Ireland for extensive training to prepare for combat against the Germans. During his training, Darby was impressed with the highly trained and experienced British Commandos. General George Marshall, Chief of Staff, saw the advantages of creating a unit like the British Commandos. After a visit to their training depot, he decided to create the American equivalent, the Rangers. Darby’s interest in the British Commandos made him a perfect candidate to form the Army’s 1st Ranger Battalion, the initial Ranger unit in the war. Most of the first volunteers for the Rangers came from the 34th Infantry Division. About 50 of his Rangers participated with the British Commandos in the ill-fated Dieppe Raid on August 19, 1942. The next month, the battalion became part of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division. “Darby’s Rangers” first saw action, as a unit, in North Africa during Operation Torch. During an
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Location. 40° 12.283′ N, 77° 9.513′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel Robert W. Black (here, next to this marker); General Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion (here, next to this marker); Specialist Fourth Class Robert D. Law (a few steps from this marker); A Century of Protection (within shouting distance of this marker); Pine Cottage (within shouting distance of this marker); Stations Upon the Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Smallpox (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Smallpox (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
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