The 100-foot cliffs of Pointe du Hoc, located between Utah and Omaha Beaches, were a focal point of the Allied amphibious assault during the early morning hours of D-Day.
The men of 2nd and 5th Ranger battalions, commanded by Colonel James Rudder, were tasked with the nearly-impossible mission of taking the cliffs, which were heavily defended by the German Wehrmacht.
They climbed the cliffs in the face of direct enemy gunfire, but were ultimately successful.
Rudder’s Rangers took 70% casualties in the process though, becoming instant legends that the active duty Rangers of the 75th Ranger Regiment still remember to this day.
I was fortunate to see the annual ceremony in person during the 74th anniversary in #Normandy
. It was a rainy, windy, grey day — the perfect kind of day to remember heroes. The current commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment delivered his remarks, and then the Ranger honor guard marched the colors out to the pointe.
These men have all been to combat themselves. They know the gravity of what happened on that hallowed ground, 74 years ago. No one is more worthy to carry on the colors and the tradition of Rudder’s Rangers.
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