Kiwanis Club hears what it means to be an Army Ranger

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 02:36 PM.

BONIFAY — Retired Army Ranger Danny David told of the trials, tribulations, triumphs and tears of the progress and importance of the United States Army Rangers during the Bonifay Kiwanis Club’s July 10 meeting.

David began with a video captured by his son’s helmet camera during his tour of Afghanistan.

“The only way you can get a feel for what they do is by seeing it with your own eyes,” explained David. “As you can see they are checking where they walk because there are land mines. Six months before he went to Afghanistan he was in ranger school; he’s only 23 years old.”

He said that the Army Rangers first formed during the early days of America.

“Before that we had the organized battle tactics of the Europeans with bright uniforms and well formed front lines for straight-forward battles,” said David. “Their encounters with the Indians made that useless with their camouflaged attacks and ambushes. That’s when Rogers Rangers started the Rangers, using the discipline of the Europeans with the tactical maneuvers of the Indians.”

During World War II, he said William Darby modernized the Rangers creating an elite group to be the “spearhead” of United States Army in tactical combat, with their training being extremely strenuous and often dangerous.

“If you see someone with a Ranger badge, that means they’ve been through some stuff,” said David. “They know what it’s like to be hungry.”

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