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Posted: 08/16/2020

Name: Bob Williams


MSG Lester Bernard Cook passed the night of 8 August 2020. He was the last of the Darby's Rangers originals. During three wars, he earned a Silver Star Medal in WWII and Korea. He also served as the CSM of the first Special Forces unit in Vietnam.

After years of refusing to provide paperwork or assistance, MSG Cook was inducted into the 2020 Ranger Hall of Fame, and received his medallion on the day he died.

Les's funeral is scheduled for 1400 on 1 September 2020 at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery.

Posted: 08/16/2020

Name: Bob Williams

Message: We received word that Roy Close is in intensive care following a stroke. No other inf to report.

Posted: 08/07/2020

Name: Bob Williams


The October 3 Fall Critter Cookout has been cancelled due to the Camp Merrill being forced to close the gates once again.

However, the October 1 USMRA meeting will be postponed from Thursday, October 1, to Saturday October 3 at the home of Drew Herbert. Members and families can join us in the early afternoon and enjoy fellowship and a meal around 1700. Please feel free to bring your best side dishes and desserts. Chuck Windham will be coordinating the meal. We will conduct our monthly meeting at 1600.

There will be no accommodations for sleeping over, so bring a DD if necessary.

All future USMRA monthly meetings will be held at Drew’s home until further notice.

Posted: 07/29/2020

Name: Al Parten

Message: Well my daughter leaves tomorrow heading to Ft. Polk. John got his orders this morning to come home from Benning. He's been on hold since early May. He will meet us in morning and they will start their new chapter in life. Gonna be bittersweet for me. gonna miss my kiddos. I wish them the best.

Posted: 07/24/2020

Name: Bob Williams

Message: The August 6 meeting will be held at the home of Drew Herbert at 1900. Bring a chair, bucket, or milk crate to sit on.

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