past lessons worth remembering  

five_speed 41M
3250 posts
9/9/2005 2:12 pm

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past lessons worth remembering

Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of my Ranger Regiment.

Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move further, faster, and fight harder than any other soldier.

Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong, and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one hundred percent and then some.

Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress, and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow.

Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.

Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission, though I be the lone survivor.

Rangers Lead the Way!

five_speed 41M

9/9/2005 2:31 pm

Our standing orders were to follow the chain of command, and then go by time in rank, and if no other orders applied and we had to make a judgment call, go by the Creed. We all knew it. Some regarded it as mere tradition. I carved the words in my heart and lived it.

It's been five years since I wore the scroll, but the Creed lives on in me. I have faltered in some respects since I left, but I still know every word. I still say it every day. I'm no longer a soldier fighting a tangible enemy, but I still fight everyday to remain happy, prosperous, and alive. In that respect, I still battle, and the Creed still applies.

It is one of the few pieces of my past that I work to remember. It’s one of the few shards that I carry with me always. If I had a religion, this would be one of a very few founding concepts.

I don't expect any comments on this. I don't mean to sound condescending, but you can't really know what this means unless you've lived the life and said these words over dead friends. I post it only because it's behind my every word and action, and I've been playing it like a broken record in my head for hours, trying to focus. It is helping.

I have nearly died many times while living the path carved out by this Creed, and I've said these words over the bodies of men who died protecting our freedoms, including the freedom of speech.

You can say what ever you like, but I'm asking anyone who doesn't agree with it or appreciate it to please refrain from posting anything flippant or disrespectful. Just this once, I have not posted something for my audience. This is posted for me.

rm_DaphneR 58F
7938 posts
9/9/2005 2:57 pm

I've known different guys in different special forces and have always thought more highly of the ones that were Rangers. They are the good guys, a special breed.

Have tongue, will use it. Repeatedly.

kyplowboy2 61M

9/9/2005 3:56 pm

Airborne! I know and respect your sentiments for they also, are my own. Never served in a batt, but was tabbed out. To those who understand, no explanation is neccessary, to those who don't no explanation is possible. I haven't seen that creed in years and years and it still brings a haze to this ol' paratroopers eyes. No sky too high, no sea too deep, no muff too tuff. We have lived things other men only fantasize about. I was, am and always will be proud of my service and fall back on the training I received there over and over again, as I'm sure you do, Ranger. There is no obstacle we cannot overcome. If you have lost contact with your Ranger Buddy, I'll fill in for him if you like. Would be my honor, bro.

yours in service,
SSG Kyplowboy2

"For I am the Infantry, Queen of Battle. Follow Me"!

jim5131 55M
1296 posts
9/9/2005 5:45 pm of the FEW US Army units I really had any kind of respect for...good man. Did a lot of work with you guys in Mogadishu.

Semper Fi

SSgt jim5131, USMC

Barbiebunny69 43F

9/9/2005 5:45 pm

My dad was a ranger! Who hoooo

five_speed 41M

9/10/2005 12:02 pm

Daphne, Thanks. It's a hard life. It takes a special kind of breed to do it for any amount of time.

five_speed 41M

9/10/2005 12:38 pm

kyplowboy, you know it's sad, but I've lost contact with every single one of them. Not on purpose. It just happened, and I hate it. I'm glad I've found another. It's definitely not something I expected to find HERE. LOL. Thanks tons!

Also, I know you guys are new to my blog, so I linked an old post here for you and Jim. I think you may appreciate it:

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slidein2meplz 62F
1994 posts
9/10/2005 12:39 pm

Thank you, and thank you to all of you that at one time or another stood in harms way so that people like me have the freedoms we have. My dad was a Marine...when he died 10 years ago, we found the button off of a Japanese Generals (coat/uniform??)...that he had saved. His best friend, was a Marine with him in countless battles during those years...he was the one who identified it..('cuz we didn't know what it was).....but didn't know it existed and said "Damn... Joe killed a Japanese General". That was way back a long, long time ago. Now, tomorrow...we have a horrible anniversary to remember... 9/11. I will never know how to ever show enough appreciation to anyone that has served and protected our country....but one thing is for certain and that is I will never, ever critize the armed forces. Whether you were a Ranger or any other type of elite special forces....YOU ALL WILL HAVE MY RESPECT as long as I live. You are all a truly special breed....

~~~ Just me, poppin to say HI! ~~

five_speed 41M

9/10/2005 12:45 pm

Jim, That's the way it seemed to go with Marines. They'd see the hair cut and think I was a marine too. Then I'd tell them I was army, and you could hear the disdain in their voices when they'd say "oh yeah, what do you do in the army?" I'd say I was a Ranger, and then they'd say "Oh, well, ok. You're ok, maybe."

Do or die, devildog. Do or die.

five_speed 41M

9/10/2005 12:46 pm

Barbie, if you ever say that and some one replies that must make you a Rangerette, you need to kick them in the balls. It's not a nice thing to call a lady.

five_speed 41M

9/10/2005 12:47 pm

Huny, I am glad you approve!

kyplowboy2 61M

9/10/2005 4:54 pm

LMAO checked out meat gazers...can't say as I ever met one like that, but I did know quite a few crazy SOB's ( probably me included) that would do about anything at anytime. I once sutured the mouth of a rattlesnake shut and threw it in a APC full of legs. You would have thought they were airborne, as high as they jumped comin' out of there. lol Maybe some of my adventures will show up in a blog someday, now that I'm thinkin about it again. Later

"Death from Above"

five_speed 41M

9/10/2005 7:37 pm

kpb, did you ever use grenade fuses in fruit? that was a favorite of mine.

kyplowboy2 61M

9/11/2005 12:47 am

seen it done, too....ah, pyro, what a whole brave new world of fun...ATWES devices, det cord...only limited by your imagination. One of my favorites was infiltrating a TOC, taking filters out of protective masks of CO's/1Sgt and any others we could get, then CS the shit out of 'em. Have BT's set all around with ATWES devices we stole from the tankers. They'd be running into trees, vehicles, briars, each other, on fire from the CS, tripping boobytraps, screamin' and hollerin' from the self-inflicted wounds. lol It was grand. I loved raids!

rm_Network_Minx 47F
542 posts
9/11/2005 4:00 am

I am currently employed on Fort Sill, Ok. It's where the Field Artillery School is located. My job is to assist in the training of soldiers. Usually I make sure all of the technology is working so the Instructor may teach. I have met and dated a few Rangers. Most Army guys don't know that FO (Forward Observers) are Rangers and they can be FA. They are usually attached to light or heavy units. Only someone who is ex-military or works with the military would understand the risks involved. The life expectancy during action for an FO is 10 minutes. Knowing what their life expectancy is they still volunteer for the Rangers and FO. What is also amazing...they are extreamly intelligent. Only the best can be FO and Rangers.

five_speed 41M

9/11/2005 6:20 am

kpb2, I've everdone the promask trick because we almost never carried them. Didn't used to fool with the damn K-pot much either, but they started getting kinds silly stupid towards the end of my enlistment. I know, I know, youcan never be too safe, but damn it, I hated wearing that thing.

five_speed 41M

9/11/2005 6:35 am

New York Minx,

It is a dangerous life, and I am glad you meantioned the intelligence factor. The Army has an intelligence/skill test you have to take to get in. Once all the numbers are crunched, I think the highest over all score you can get is a 135? (been awhile.) They've raised the minimum score a few times since I got in, but in 1996, I think a 50 would get you into the army, but if you wanted into a Ranger Battalion, you had to have at least 110.

Now I'm not talking about Ranger school; there's a bit of difference between wearing a Ranger Tab and a Battalion Scroll, but I don't want to get into that.

We had to knowhow to use virtually ever small arms made, and I was in a heavy weapons platoon so I got to learn all the heavy weaponry too. We had 3 or 4 different com systems we used regularly, and 3 or 4 laser systems. There were reams of tactics and SOPs you had to know to the point that they were practically instinct, our newest, dumbest cherry could give a full-blown op order on his own, a task that I've seen colonels with full support staffs screw up....

I used to get really pissed when some one made jokes about me being a stupid ground pounder or brainless cannon fodder.

I knew FOs, we had a platoon full of them, but I never was one. I kicked in lots of doors and did alot of urban-based combat scenarios. The next time you see our guys on TV doing that fancy room clearing stuff, whether it's military or SWAT or whatever, remember this: The life expectacy of the lead man is only 2 rooms.

jim5131 55M
1296 posts
9/11/2005 8:31 pm

the MeatGazer post is hilarious...had guy on ship that did that shit all the time.

I was a commtech in an AAV battalion..Assault Amphibian Vehicles, 26-ton aluminum tracked personnel carriers with jacuzzi-like water jets and turrets for the M2 and MK19. We would attach to the grunt battalions and go overseas on ship for 6 month tours, get called in to do emergency stuff, training with the Koreans and Aussies, stuff like that. Had an absolute blast...miss those guys.

Many of out FOs were ANGLICO: AirNavalGunfireLIasonCOmpany..usually communicators that jumped behind the lines to call in strikes on positions. Had a buddy that was caught on a rooftop in Khafji during the `91 airwar..stayed in to call strikes on Iraqi targets for two days. He said Target 69 was his own building & waited for them to discover his position. Khafji was secured by the PanArabs and all ended happily...but it was another interesting time....

five_speed 41M

9/11/2005 9:57 pm

jim, I am not sure if I'm glad or scared that my friend was not the only one.

We trained some with the Germans and Thais. I had a lot of respect for the Germans, had a lot of fun with them too, especially at Oktoberfest. I didn't care for the Thais much though. It could have been the fact that they were most queer or bi-sexual...

I was always fong of the MK19. I didn't get to use it often, but it was always fun to shoot when I got the chance. I was a M3 Gustaff gunner for two years, and I got some good training with the 60 mm mortar and Barett .50 sniper rifle at the same time. When I got tranfered to a line platoon, I was a 240-G assistant gunner and later a SAW gunner. I miss the Gustaff. She was my baby.

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