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Rangers in Peril on Hiil 809

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For those who have not seen it. This article was in this months VFW Magazine, written by Gary Linderer. He is a Vietnam veteran of L Company (Rangers), 101st Airborne and author of five books on the Rangers. Many of you probably know him personally.

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Very Brave souls wandered in that jungle and those rice paddies. Good read. Thanks.
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Rest in peace Brothers.
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Gary is a very good writer. The shitty reality of the LRRP/Ranger units in Viet Nam was that not very many officers knew how best to utilize them......but they all wanted to try. :evil:
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Slowpoke wrote: The shitty reality of the LRRP/Ranger units in Viet Nam was that not very many officers knew how best to utilize them......but they all wanted to try. :evil:


I've heard that from almost every single Viet Nam Ranger I have ever spoken to. Must of been extremely frustrating. My beret is off to you gentlemen every single day for leading the way.
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Thank you for posting this piece. This is the first account I have ever read of what happened to James Champion, who's MIA bracelet I used to have years ago. It was my understanding that he was the only 'Nam era Ranger to have ever been listed as MIA. I initially learned about him during RIP from one of our instructors. Do any of you have any other information about Champion that you could share with the group?

To all of you whom served in Indochina, you have my deepest respect...quite honestly, reading about Vietnam era Spec-Ops was part of the inspiration for me to join the Rangers during my time in the service. All of America owes you gentlemen and your comrades you lost in country an immeasurable debt of gratitude.

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Decided to Sua Sponte a Google search about Champion, the link I found is here:

< http://www.taskforceomegainc.org/c131.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; >

Any additional information would be welcome.


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Hello Rangers the story you have just read is the very reason i have the utmost respect and admiration for the 101rst 75 Rangers. I lost a lot in that fight it changed my life forever. i remember the night all to well we were all gathered at the house for a family get together when the knock came at the Door. I 11 at the time answered the door to find 2 Army men. When they entered the place went crazy, I still hear the screams and anger and emotions out of control . the men spoke and gave the details to my parents. a few days later a Major comes over to meet us as our liaison. the funeral was beautiful but eerie at the same time it was a rainy day on funeral day i don't remember the words but the sound of taps low on the bugle and the rifle team as i heard DETAIL! PRESENT ARMS! READY! AIM! FIRE!!!! repeating to three volleys for the 21 gun salute. So sad but so proud of my big brother the Army Ranger. I still miss him every day although I can still feel him there when im scared or nervous and he says its ok Tommy I'm still here and i start to ease a little. I miss and love you with all my heart Johnnie Rae. ill see you when i get there. When ever a battle takes a Soldiers life and his war is ended the families battle begins. In loving memory of my big brother SPEC-4 Johnnie Rae Sly 101rst Airborne 75th Rangers L CO KIA April- 23- 1971 on hill 809 .
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Brother T-Sly - here are a few more links:

< http://www.lcompanyranger.com/valhalla.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; > < http://www.lcompanyranger.com/sly.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; >

This map may be of use. as well: < http://www.taskforceomegainc.org/m154k.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; >

Ranger-Johnnie Ray Sly gave his life upholding the Ranger Creed, "...never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy...'. If this is your brother, he is a was a stud, you should be honored to follow in his footsteps. Rock on, Marine.


Rest in Peace Ranger Johnie Ray Sly.
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Ty guys i appreciate the welcome and good comments i am Extremely proud to be Johnnies little brother along with his Teammates especially . i have spoken with the pilot and his Team leader two brave men and several other rangers , i feel extremely honored to call all of you my heroes the rangers along with the Seals and Marines are the most efficiently trained and dedicated soldiers in the world. Johnnies Team leader verified the whole story for me and between him and Fred Behrens we talked for like 5 hours it was so cool i hope to see some of you next year at Ft Campbell . It will be an honor to meet you all . ill be getting pics of Johnnie when he was K/CO and L/ Co ready to be posted hopefully tomorrow on the L/Co Rangers site. once again i ty my brothers in arms . Till we meet Semper- Fi .
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Semper Fi T_
Glad to hear this journey is working out.
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