William Orlando

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William Orlando was born in Ft. Smith, Arkansas back in 1911. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West point and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery in 1933.

After graduation, he was assigned as an assistant executive and supply officer at Ft. Bliss, Texas. The following year he was transferred to Cloudcroft, New Mexico in command of the 1st Cavalry Division and then onto St. Sill, Oklahoma rising through the ranks for captain serving with the 80th Division at Camp Jackson, South Carolina.

During WWII, he saw rapid promotion to the grade of lieutenant colonel where he was sent to Northern Ireland watching and learning from the British Commandos. When the U.S. Army decided to establish its Ranger unit he was picked to direct their organization and training. Training with their British counterparts in Scotland in 1943 the 1st. Ranger Battalion made its first assault at Arzew. For his actions, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Of course, I’m writing about William Orlando Darby famous for the film “Darby’s Rangers”. In 1945 during the attack near Trento an artillery shell burst I the middle of the assembled officers and NCO’s killing him and a sergeant. Just two days later all German forces in Italy surrendered. He was promoted posthumously to brigadier general. He is buried in the Fort Smith National Cemetery about an hour’s drive from where I live

 

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Thank you for sharing the information. I always learn something from your posts.

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Good morning James,

Once you added Commando's I knew who it was.

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Good morning, James Dray history was never a strong topic for me.... so I'm making up for that now....thanks for another piece of history....

Feb 24, 2017 04:56 AM #3
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Sounds like a good man that fought hard for our country, thank you for sharing this with us!

Feb 24, 2017 04:58 AM #4
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Good morning James Dray ,

So many truly historical military figures we don't know about. Thank you for bringing these honorable men and women to our attention.

Feb 24, 2017 05:24 AM #5
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Good morning again James. You profiles are always interesting and often inspirational too. Today's was both.

Feb 24, 2017 05:53 AM #6
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As a James Garner fan I saw the movie and him so when you talked about the Scots I knew where you were heading.

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James,

As usual, I had no idea on this story.  A

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James- I remember the movie Darby's Rangers!  Have a great weekend. 

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I had the feeling as I was reading that he grew up playing toy soldiers. My sensitivity and mood changed when I realized how young he was when he died. Also, sad how close it was to the end of the war. Like he almost made it.

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Good morning James Dray  

Thank you for sharing and inspiring my own research  

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I love reading the blogs particularly the just for fun ones :-) even though I am doing a big time catch up. Thanks so much for taking the time to post keep them coming :-)

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