D-Day was Army Captain John Raaen, Jr., a 22-year-old from Fort Benning, Georgia, ‘s first day of battle. He was one of approximately 7,000 Rangers who participated in hazardous operations during World War II. Today, thirteen Rangers remain to share their experience. They need just the signature of the President to get the Congressional Gold Medal. D-Day, 6 June 1944, is one of the most brutal and momentous conflicts.
The Rangers would be the first group to leave the beach. They exposed themselves to enemy fire to position Bangalore torpedoes underneath the barbed wire: Ranger battalions were active around the globe after Normandy. Legislation is now on its way to President Joe Biden’s desk for signature. Both houses approved a measure granting the Army Rangers of World War II the Congressional Gold Medal. A bipartisan group of legislators with military experience supported the initiative on Capitol Hill.
Jason Crow, a Democrat from Colorado and a former Army Ranger, presented the measure. “I wish I had been more assertive when there were many more Rangers with us many years ago,” Hunnell admits. John Raaen served in Korea and Vietnam before his retirement in 1979. The law that has passed Congress awaits the President’s signature.