The US Army's First, Last, and Only All-Black Rangers: The 2d Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne) in the Korean War, 1950-1951

The US Army's First, Last, and Only All-Black Rangers: The 2d Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne) in the Korean War, 1950-1951

Edward L. Posey

The 2nd Ranger Infantry corporation (Airborne) used to be the 1st and merely all-black Ranger unit within the heritage of the U.S. military. Its ten-month lifespan incorporated choice, education, and 7 months of wrestle deployment in Korea, and then the unit used to be deactivated. Edward Posey’s extraordinary new learn, now to be had in paperback, is the 1st whole heritage of this elite, all-volunteer unit, whose participants have been drawn from the third Battalion of the 505th Airborne Infantry Regiment and the eightieth Airborne Anti-Aircraft Battalion.

After experiencing the traditional travails of boot camp at castle Benning, which segregation and racism simply made worse, the all-black Rangers got down to subscribe to the Korean struggle in past due 1950. On January 7, 1951, the Rangers chanced on themselves protecting a serious railroad working via Tanyang cross, which Communist guerillas attempted to infiltrate. The night motion brought on the Rangers’ inaugural wrestle, which ended with the advice for a Bronze famous person for gallantry for a Ranger sergeant. extra combats with the North Korean and Communist chinese language forces erupted close to Majori-ri and Chechon.

But the development that propelled the second Rangers into the list books was once their airborne attack close to Munsan-Ni on March 23, 1951―the first in Ranger background. as soon as at the floor, Posey and his comrades attacked and captured Hill 151. The fighting―often performed at very shut quarters, and a few of it with the bayonet and rifle butt―demonstrated the braveness of those difficult African American infantrymen. Heavy battling marked their months on the entrance, together with an impressive assault and protection of Hill 581 which could. all through their deployment in Korea, the second Rangers served with honor and completed a great strive against record.

Posey’s lengthy late the U.S. Army’s First, final, and in basic terms All-Black Rangers: The second Ranger Infantry corporation (Airborne) within the Korean struggle, 1950-1951 (written with assistance from different Rangers) relies upon the firsthand reviews of many contributors of the unit, reliable files, interviews with survivors, and different archival fabric. Stitched jointly, this data bargains a wealthy and necessary addition to the becoming literature at the Korean struggle via explaining the stumbling blocks those patriotic African american citizens confronted, their sacrifices, and their brave activities at the a ways facet of the world.

Nearly sixty years have handed because the Korean battle slipped into the area of historical past. Now, the realm will ultimately examine the genuine tale of the U.S. Army’s first, final, and purely all-black Ranger unit.

About the writer: grasp Sergeant (Ret) Edward L. Posey joined the united states military in 1947. After serving with corporation L, third Battalion, 505th Airborne Infantry Regiment, he volunteered for airborne education with the Rangers in 1950 and served with contrast within the Korean warfare (where he used to be wounded). Sergeant Posey retired from the carrier in 1969. In 2002, he was once inducted into the Ranger corridor of popularity for his commitment to responsibility and unusual army occupation.

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