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Wolfhag28 Dec 2019 6:36 p.m. PST

I came across this and just had to share it with everyone.

This is bad, this is bad, I thought, watching the fire rip across the far end of the runway. This is when a unit is the most vulnerable. Just as they land and their leaders are scattered and they haven't had the time to reorganize.

But then I saw an amazing sight. The Rangers rose from the ground as one organism, screaming their war cries, and assaulted straight across the runway toward the enemy guns. Within ten minutes, the guns fell silent. The third and last pass of Rangers jumped almost unmolested.

Later that day I learned that a corporal had led the spontaneous assault across the airfield. Somebody said the guy jumped up from the ground and shouted, "I've had enough of this shit!" and took off across the airfield toward the enemy positions. Every man near him jumped up to follow, and the attack spread like wildfire up and down the length of the airfield. Goddamn! What Soldiers!"

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Legion 429 Dec 2019 9:16 a.m. PST


Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2020 8:44 p.m. PST


When I was a company commander my first sergeant told me stories of this mission. He was in the headquarters when they started taking fire from the surrounding hills- as it was headquarters he was one of the few with a rifle nearby. He was getting directions from the battalion commander on where to return fire until the rest could assault through.

Rangers Lead the way.

Wolfhag02 Jan 2020 6:33 p.m. PST

I do recall reading but can't find the reference about an Army commander on Grenada complaining that the Marines are "running all over the island raising hell" and I'm stuck in place.

Maybe because the Ranger's mission was to seize and hold?

The Marines at Grenada was my old unit, 2/8 out of Camp Geiger.


Legion 403 Jan 2020 6:39 a.m. PST

The 82d, US SF and SEALs were also there … But I don't know each of their missions at this point. old fart I was in the ROK on DMZ IIRC …

Wolfhag04 Jan 2020 9:23 a.m. PST

The SEALs had a very rough time. A perfect storm of bad luck, malfunctions and SNAFU's.


Legion 404 Jan 2020 2:35 p.m. PST

Yes, they took some losses … IIRC 2 or 3 drowned …

Virginia Tory06 Jan 2020 4:24 a.m. PST

My family knew one of the SEALs involved. A lot of stuff went wrong with the invasion. US was lucky that the defenders were just as flummoxed and incapable of reacting as well as the SOF, Paras and Rangers did.

Legion 406 Jan 2020 6:06 a.m. PST

May they all RIP …

Virginia Tory06 Jan 2020 11:02 a.m. PST

I believe he is still with us.


Legion 406 Jan 2020 3:17 p.m. PST

Well that is a good thing !

Virginia Tory08 Jan 2020 4:01 a.m. PST

My mom at one point was the secretary to the commander of SOCEUR in Germany.

There were still some Vietnam era guys when she started. Boy did they have some stories.

Legion 408 Jan 2020 1:34 p.m. PST

I bet !

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