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Company D (Ranger) 151st INF, Indiana Rangers


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Company D (Ranger) 151st INF was the only National Guard Infantry unit sent to Vietnam and they were drawn from 3 different Indiana National Guard armories. They were activated in May of 1968 and after 6 months of training, they arrived in country in December. Their service record in a 12 month tour is unparalleled even today in Army Ranger history. When they returned home in November of 1969, the 214 men of the unit had accumulated 18 Silver Stars, 1 Soldiers Medal, 122 Bronze Stars (87 with "V" device for valor), 101 Purple Hearts, 111 Air Medals, and 184 Army Commendation Medals (30 with "V" device for valor). No other single Army Infantry company was as decorated during a one-year period of time as the Indiana Rangers.

I have been working on this display for Museum of the Soldier for several weeks. Although I'm not 100% done (minor tweaking, labeling, cleaning) I thought I would share some photos of the display. Special thanks goes to Rangers Leon Moore, Bruce Bennett, Gregg Hutchinson, and CPT Ron Himsel. Many other items are on loan from the widow of SSG 'Mad' Max Anderson, and the large display photos were kindly provided by Jay Borman.

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Class B khaki shirt of SSG Max Anderson. The ribbon rack had been taken apart and some ribbons removed so I had to repair it the best I could. Also in the case is his "Jungle School" certificate and his airborne overseas cap.

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Class A uniform of SGT Leon Moore with in-country made SSIs and pathfinder patches.

 

 

I'm curious why a tan beret is displayed with a Nam era uniform?

 

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Very nice work and display. I've always been interested in D/151. I think they were very fortunate in that they were able to do some serious pre-deployment training prior to arriving in-country. I believe most of the officers and NCO's were sent to Ranger School and/or the Jungle Warfare School down south.

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I'm curious why a tan beret is displayed with a Nam era uniform?

 

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The uniform in the case below the Class As is Leon Moore's OD fatigue shirt and tan beret that he wears to Ranger reunions. It's not an authentic Vietnam-era uniform (replaced patches, etc.), but it is his and he was nice enough to loan it to us.

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Very nice work and display. I've always been interested in D/151. I think they were very fortunate in that they were able to do some serious pre-deployment training prior to arriving in-country. I believe most of the officers and NCO's were sent to Ranger School and/or the Jungle Warfare School down south.

 

Yes, they were very highly trained. Everyone in the unit was airborne qualified. Many had been to Jungle Warfare school in Panama in 1968, many more were Ranger qualified, and once they got in-country a lot of them went to the MACV Recondo school. In our display both Leon Moore and Max Anderson were airborne, ranger, jungle expert, and recondo qualified.

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This utility cap is probably Vietnamese made (it has a green silk underside to the visor) belongs to Ranger Gregg Hutchinson. Not many units could get away with such 'personalized' headgear!

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This utility cap is probably Vietnamese made (it has a green silk underside to the visor) belongs to Ranger Gregg Hutchinson. Not many units could get away with such 'personalized' headgear!

 

 

That's a great looking hat!

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I took in a loan of items today from another Indiana Ranger. Some really great items will be added to the display! From what I've seen so far, there is an actual patrol worn cap, some captured VC gear, and the Ranger's Bronze Star and Purple Heart. There were also 7 in-country made MACV Recondo patches in the box, one subdued and 6 white.

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