By Edward L. Posey
The 2nd Ranger Infantry corporation (Airborne) used to be the 1st and merely all-black Ranger unit within the historical past of the USA military. Its ten-month lifespan incorporated choice, education, and 7 months of wrestle deployment in Korea, and then the unit used to be deactivated. Edward Posey’s wonderful new learn, now to be had in paperback, is the 1st entire background of this elite, all-volunteer unit, whose participants have been drawn from the third Battalion of the 505th Airborne Infantry Regiment and the eightieth Airborne Anti-Aircraft Battalion.
After experiencing the conventional travails of boot camp at citadel Benning, which segregation and racism basically made worse, the all-black Rangers got down to sign up for the Korean conflict in overdue 1950. On January 7, 1951, the Rangers came across themselves protecting a serious railroad operating via Tanyang move, which Communist guerillas attempted to infiltrate. The night motion brought on the Rangers’ inaugural strive against, which ended with the advice for a Bronze big name for gallantry for a Ranger sergeant. extra combats with the North Korean and Communist chinese language forces erupted close to Majori-ri and Chechon.
But the development that propelled the 2nd Rangers into the checklist books used to be their airborne attack close to Munsan-Ni on March 23, 1951―the first in Ranger historical past. as soon as at the flooring, Posey and his comrades attacked and captured Hill 151. The fighting―often performed at very shut quarters, and a few of it with the bayonet and rifle butt―demonstrated the braveness of those tricky African American infantrymen. Heavy struggling with marked their months on the entrance, together with a powerful assault and safeguard of Hill 581 that can. all through their deployment in Korea, the 2nd Rangers served with honor and accomplished a very good strive against record.
Posey’s lengthy late the USA Army’s First, final, and simply All-Black Rangers: The second Ranger Infantry corporation (Airborne) within the Korean struggle, 1950-1951 (written with assistance from different Rangers) is predicated upon the firsthand stories of many participants of the unit, reputable documents, interviews with survivors, and different archival fabric. Stitched jointly, this data bargains a wealthy and precious addition to the becoming literature at the Korean warfare through explaining the hindrances those patriotic African american citizens confronted, their sacrifices, and their brave activities at the a long way aspect of the world.
Nearly sixty years have handed because the Korean conflict slipped into the world of heritage. Now, the realm will eventually examine the genuine tale of the U.S. Army’s first, final, and in basic terms all-black Ranger unit.
About the writer: grasp Sergeant (Ret) Edward L. Posey joined the united states military in 1947. After serving with corporation L, third Battalion, 505th Airborne Infantry Regiment, he volunteered for airborne education with the Rangers in 1950 and served with contrast within the Korean battle (where he used to be wounded). Sergeant Posey retired from the carrier in 1969. In 2002, he was once inducted into the Ranger corridor of repute for his commitment to responsibility and exotic army occupation.