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'US Rangers', Assault on Pointe du Hoc Battery


Transcript of a report by Lt Colonel Trevor.

Report details the landing of the US Rangers on DDay to assault the Battery.
Source: David Cheverton, godson of Lt Col. Thomas Hoult Trevor
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1. The Battery dominated the OMAHA and UTAH beaches and shipping. It was essential, therefore, that the guns be destroyed at the earliest possible moment.
 

Location

Pointe du Hoc
Normandy
France
49° 23' 51.6372" N, 0° 59' 21.4584" W

A partial nominal roll for Dieppe

The following list contain the names, ranks and numbers of the officers and men of No4 Commando who participated. It also includes some from No 10 (IA) Commando Free French  and 'X' troop, and others including some US Rangers, who were attached to the Commandos for the raid.
It does not contain those from No 3 Commando and 40RM Commando as no such full list of names has been found. 
 

HOCTEL, Lamont Durward

Training Centres
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Private Lamont Hoctel, 1st US Rangers, Company 'E',  drowned whilst training at Achnacarry. The date of his death is during the period that the US 1st Ranger Bn., led by Colonel W. Darby attended the Commando Basic Training Centre for their training. His death is noted in their War Diary as "drowned during stream crossing exercise.".
 

KOONS, Franklin Marion

No 4 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Franklin Koons, 1st US Ranger Bn., United States Army, aged 23 and from Swea City, Iowa, was attached to No.4 Commando for Operation Jubilee at Dieppe, France on 19 August 1942. He was awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous gallantry and admirable leadership during the operation.
 
Sources

LOUSTALOT, Edward Vincent

Lt Edward Loustalot 1st US Rangers
No 3 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Second Lieutenant Edward Loustalot, 1st US Ranger Bn., died during operations at Dieppe. He was the first American soldier to die on European soil in WW2.
 
Posthumous Mention in Despatches

RUSCHKEWICZ, James R.

Died on war service
Died in the UK
Ranger James Ruschkewicz, US Rangers 1st Bn. 'C' Company, died in an accidental explosion of a landmine at Barry Rifle Range, near Dundee, during a training exercise.  
  • 33068148 Ranger Aaron M. Salkin, 'C' Company, was severely injured.
  • The Rangers had been training with No 1 Commando under Lieut. Col. T. Trevor

YOUNG, Leilyn, Letter about his time as a US Ranger.

Type: Letters
Author: Leilyn Young, Lisa McCollum
Year of Publishing: 2010
Keywords: Leilyn Young, US Ranger

Leilyn Young, one of the first US Rangers to have Special Forces training by the new UK Commandos in WW2. Leilyn trained at the Special Training Centre, Lochailort, and then again at the Commando Depot, later renamed the Commando Basic Training Centre, Achnacarry. Both training centres were in Scotland, otherwise known as Commando Country. 


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