Bracelet created by: Karl Monger
On June 19, 1942 then Major William O. Darby organized and activated the 1st Ranger Battalion. Rangers went on to earn their motto “Rangers Lead the Way” on the beaches of Normandy and continued to do so in theatres all across WWII – including the famous Merrill’s Marauders (who were included in the modern Ranger lineage). Rangers led the way as small units in Korea and Vietnam. In 1974 the Chief of Staff of the Army, General Creighton Abrams issued the “Abrams Charter” directing the formation of a Ranger battalion. In 1985 the 75th Ranger Regiment was born and continues leading the way, fighting our enemies and preserving our freedoms today.
The colors in this bracelet, blue, white, red, green and khaki represent five of the original six combat teams of the 5307th Composite Unit Provisional), commonly referred to as Merrill’s Marauders, which were identified by color. The sixth color, Orange is not represented in the bracelet. Blue, white, red and green are represented in the Regiment’s Distinctive Unit Insignia, and the Rangers wear a khaki beret.
The Darby Project is a focus by the nonprofit GallantFew, Inc. to connect Rangers leaving active duty with previously transitioned Ranger veterans, now successfully established in their civilian occupations, and in the same local community. This mentoring relationships eases the burden of transition and provides a solid basis upon which to build a professional network. GallantFew helps veterans from any branch of the service, to the extent of our capacity.