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HISTORY [CONTINUED FROM PAGE 79] On June 11, they led the 32nd


Regiment in taking a key position near San Ying-ni. Army Pvt. James Peteress Jr., recipient of three Purple Hearts, was killed in the fight. He was the last 2nd Ranger to die in the Korean War. As the Korean War entered a


static phase, all four Ranger com- panies were inactivated effective Aug. 1, 1951, and their personnel assigned to the 187th Regimen- tal Combat Team (Airborne) at Beppu, Japan. After 205 con- secutive days of combat, the 2nd Ranger Infantry Company found itself exiting the Korean War just as quickly as it had entered it.


Remarkable bravery The valor of the 2nd Rangers is confirmed by the number of merit citations the unit received: more than 100 Purple Hearts, nine Silver Stars for heroic combat actions at Majori-ri and Hill 581, and 12 Bronze Stars for valor above and beyond the call of duty. The 2nd Ranger Infantry Company also earned the 100-percent Combat Infantryman’s Streamer. The surviving members of the


2nd Ranger Company are justifi- ably proud of their service dur- ing the Korean War. “We did an outstanding job,” says Clarke. “We never messed up, we never turned tail and ran. When they broke us up, 7th Division [headquarters] sent a very nice letter of commendation.” “We became close as a family and fought as a highly trained mil- itary unit,” says Monte. “I think we brought credit to our race and to our unit. No one can deny that we were good at what we did.”


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— Don Vaughan is a freelance writer based in North Carolina. His last feature article for Military Officer was “Out of This World,” January 2012.


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Alabama, Huntsville Chapter, Feb. 29, Vice Adm. Norbert R. Ryan Jr., USN-Ret., MOAA president


Florida, MacDill AFB, officers’ club, Feb. 1, 8 a.m., Col. Dan Koslov, USAF-Ret., MOAA’s Transition Services (TOPS)


Florida, HQ USSOUTHCOM, U.S. Army Garrison-Miami, conference room (room E2008), Feb. 2, 9 a.m., Col. Dan Koslov, USAF-Ret., TOPS


Florida, USCG Air Station Miami, multi- purpose training room, Feb. 3, 8 a.m., Col. Dan Koslov, USAF-Ret., TOPS


Florida, Joint Interagency Task Force South, bldg. 291, command theater, Feb. 6, 9 a.m., Col. Dan Koslov, USAF-Ret., TOPS


Florida, NAS Key West, bldg. A-515 (Boca Chica), Feb. 7, 9 a.m., Col. Dan Koslov, USAF-Ret., TOPS


Florida, Naples, MOA of Southwest Flor- ida, Feb. 11, Vice Adm. Norbert R. Ryan Jr., USN-Ret., MOAA president


Florida, Dunedin, Clearwater Chapter, Feb. 23, Col. Barry Wright, USA-Ret., Council and Chapter Affairs (CCA)


Florida, NS Mayport, Ocean Breeze Conference Center, ballroom, Feb. 29, 9 a.m., Col. Dan Koslov, USAF-Ret., TOPS


Georgia, Moody AFB, Moody Field Club, Feb. 27, 9 a.m., Col. Dan Koslov, USAF- Ret., TOPS


Georgia, NSB Kings Bay, Trident Train- ing Facility, auditorium, Feb. 28, 9 a.m., Col. Dan Koslov, USAF-Ret., TOPS


Illinois, Peoria, Heart of Illinois Chapter, Feb. 21, Col. Nanette Mueller, USA-Ret., MOAA board of directors (BoD)


Michigan, Lansing, Capitol Area Chapter, Feb. 17, Col. Nancy Anderson, USMC-Ret., MOAA BoD


Ohio, Vienna, Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Mahoning and Shenango Valleys Chapter, Feb. 23, Vice Adm. Norbert R. Ryan Jr., USN-Ret., MOAA president


South Carolina, Shaw AFB, bldg. 1127, airman and family readiness center, Feb. 1, 8:30 a.m., Col. Brian Anderson, USAF- Ret., TOPS


Tennessee, Chattanooga Chapter, Feb. 28, Col. Lee Lange II, USMC-Ret., CCA


Virginia, NAS Norfolk, bldg. U-93, Feb. 2, 11 a.m., Col. Brian Anderson, USAF-Ret., TOPS


Virginia, Langley AFB, bldg. 15, audito- rium, Feb. 2, 1 p.m., Col. Brian Anderson, USAF-Ret., TOPS


Virginia, NAS Norfolk, bldg. U-93, Feb. 3, 8 a.m., Col. Brian Anderson, USAF-Ret., TOPS


Virginia, Fort Belvoir, Feb. 8, 10 a.m., speaker TBD, Benefits Information and Fi- nancial Education (BIFE)


Virginia, Fort Belvoir, Feb. 22, 9 a.m., speaker TBD, BIFE


Virginia, Fort Myer, alumni career and alumni program center, bldg. 230, Feb. 22, 1 p.m., speaker TBD, TOPS


Virginia, Fort Myer, Feb. 23, 1 p.m., speak- er TBD, BIFE


Virginia, Henderson Hall, Feb. 27, 2 p.m., speaker TBD, BIFE


Virginia, Fort Myer, Feb. 28, 1 p.m., speak- er TBD, BIFE


Washington, Sequim, Olympic Peninsula Chapter, Feb. 18, Maj. Gen. Richard Marr, USAF-Ret., MOAA BoD


March


Florida, NAS Jacksonville, bldg. 30, VP-30 auditorium, March 1, 9 a.m., Col. Dan Koslov, USAF-Ret., TOPS


Virginia, Fort Belvoir, March 7, 10 a.m., speaker TBD, BIFE


Virginia, Fort Belvoir, March 13, 9 a.m., speaker TBD, BIFE


Virginia, Fort Belvoir, Barden Education Center, March 14, 9 a.m., speaker TBD, TOPS


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