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Stanley_White 25 September 2019 09:06

Books on the 6th Ranger Battalion and the Alamo Scouts
 
Good morning Rangers.

I am interested in any books you could recommend regarding the history of the 6th Ranger Battalion and the Alamo Scouts as I trust your judgment more than the rating system on Amazon.

Thank you in advance.

-Stan

PocketKings 25 September 2019 11:39

I read Silent Warriors of WW2 by Lance Zedric. I had to get it used since it's out of print, but it was a very good read. It was concise - not a ton of detail on specific operations. I was amazed at the similarity between the Alamo Scouts and the Vietnam LRRPs. Even the pictures in the book look like they could've been taken 25 years later.

I would have liked more specific detail into some of the missions, but it was a good overarching view of the topic.

Stanley_White 25 September 2019 11:50

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Originally Posted by PocketKings (Post 1058816680)
I read Silent Warriors of WW2 by Lance Zedric. I had to get it used since it's out of print, but it was a very good read. It was concise - not a ton of detail on specific operations. I was amazed at the similarity between the Alamo Scouts and the Vietnam LRRPs. Even the pictures in the book look like they could've been taken 25 years later.

I would have liked more specific detail into some of the missions, but it was a good overarching view of the topic.

Thank you. I have ordered that one.

-Stan

WGH0922 25 September 2019 13:07

'The Great Raid', by William B. Breuer about the 6th Rgr Bn raid on the POW camp at Banatuan in PI. It was made into a movie in the early 2000's also. They occasionally show documentaries of the raid on AMC and AHC. The monument and memorials at the site in Cabanatuan was opened in the 1980's and is run by ABMC Manila.

Stanley_White 25 September 2019 15:58

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Originally Posted by WGH0922 (Post 1058816710)
'The Great Raid', by William B. Breuer about the 6th Rgr Bn raid on the POW camp at Banatuan in PI. It was made into a movie in the early 2000's also. They occasionally show documentaries of the raid on AMC and AHC. The monument and memorials at the site in Cabanatuan was opened in the 1980's and is run by ABMC Manila.

Thank you!

-Stan

schibbs 26 September 2019 06:38

I have never had a great mind for history, though do a bit of reading on it. It bothered me that during my three years in the Pacific Northwest I did not know that Major Robert Prince was then living in the Wenatchee area. I used to fish and hunt that area when the time allowed. There are some living historians that frequent FB (which I no longer frequent) that probably have some rather indepth detail of the Rangers and Special Forces from that era.

John Simpson 27 September 2019 13:34

Although I'm not a Ranger I can recommend the articles written for Veritas magazine out of the Special Forces History Office


These cover Alamo Scouts and the 6th Ranger battalion


https://www.soc.mil/ARSOF_History/ar...ts_page_1.html


https://www.soc.mil/ARSOF_History/ar..._pt2_page_2.html


https://www.soc.mil/ARSOF_History/ar...an_page_1.html


Also you can download this official history as a pdf



Rangers : selected combat operations in World War II



https://www.soc.mil/ARSOF_History/ar...er_patches.jpg

Stanley_White 27 September 2019 14:18

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Originally Posted by John Simpson (Post 1058817101)
Your post.

Thank you!

-Stan

mb5417 27 September 2019 17:58

https://www.amazon.com/Raider-Legendary-Soldier-Performed-American/dp/0312360657

Here is a book about Sgt Maj Kittleson, Alamo Scout who was on the Cabanatuan raid and later the Son Tay raid.When I googled his name to find the book, there were a bunch of SOCNET threads about him too.

Stanley_White 27 September 2019 20:09

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Originally Posted by mb5417 (Post 1058817145)
https://www.amazon.com/Raider-Legendary-Soldier-Performed-American/dp/0312360657

Here is a book about Sgt Maj Kittleson, Alamo Scout who was on the Cabanatuan raid and later the Son Tay raid.When I googled his name to find the book, there were a bunch of SOCNET threads about him too.

Thank you!

-Stan

Tracy 27 September 2019 20:25

"Ghost Soldiers"

By Hampton Sides

https://www.amazon (dot) com/Ghost-Soldiers-Account-Greatest-Mission/dp/038549565X/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=alamo+scouts&qid=1569630239&sr =8-2

John Simpson 27 September 2019 20:46

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Here, this monograph written by a student in the 1947-48 Infantry Officer Advanced Course is more to the point on the Alamo Scouts.


Author LTC Gibson Niles was the third and last director of training (as a MAJ) at the Alamo Scouts Training Center.


Just as a matter of interest the Alamo Scouts were recognized in 1988 with awarding them the Special Forces tab.


Finally, you can also access


CIA history of the Alamo Scouts

Maas 27 September 2019 23:02

My memory is getting bad but I seem to remember reading about it one of the books written about COL Bull Simons. He was in the 6th Ranger Battalion during that raid.

He was also the ground force commander on the Son Tay raid.

Maas

John Simpson 27 September 2019 23:41

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Originally Posted by Maas (Post 1058817195)
My memory is getting bad but I seem to remember reading about it one of the books written about COL Bull Simons. He was in the 6th Ranger Battalion during that raid.

He was also the ground force commander on the Son Tay raid.

Maas


You remembered correctly, it was first mentioned in The Raid by Benjamin Schemmer. Bull Simons started as a 2LT in the 98th Pack Artillery before it became the 6th Ranger Battalion where he commanded a company and finally became Battalion XO.

mb5417 28 September 2019 14:38

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Originally Posted by John Simpson (Post 1058817173)
Here, this monograph written by a student in the 1947-48 Infantry Officer Advanced Course is more to the point on the Alamo Scouts.


Author LTC Gibson Niles was the third and last director of training (as a MAJ) at the Alamo Scouts Training Center.


Just as a matter of interest the Alamo Scouts were recognized in 1988 with awarding them the Special Forces tab.


Finally, you can also access


CIA history of the Alamo Scouts

This just reminded me of a document I read on the National Archives while researching my father's Vietnam service. It was a conference on LRRP* activities in Vietnam (the conference was held at the Recondo training center IIRC). The General chairing the conference was a member of the Alamo scouts and compared his experiences with the LRRP units in Europe and in Vietnam. I think I saved the document and will post it when I find it.

*My dad was not a LRRP, I just came across the document while doing the research.

Edit: I found the document. I think I was mistaken about the Alamo Scouts. General Peers referenced his time in Burma. I don't know if the Alamo Scouts operated in that theater.

Stanley_White 28 September 2019 15:26

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Originally Posted by mb5417 (Post 1058817269)
This just reminded me of a document I read on the National Archives while researching my father's Vietnam service. It was a conference on LRRP* activities in Vietnam (the conference was held at the Recondo training center IIRC). The General chairing the conference was a member of the Alamo scouts and compared his experiences with the LRRP units in Europe and in Vietnam. I think I saved the document and will post it when I find it.

*My dad was not a LRRP, I just came across the document while doing the research.

Edit: I found the document. I think I was mistaken about the Alamo Scouts. General Peers referenced his time in Burma. I don't know if the Alamo Scouts operated in that theater.

Thank you!

-Stan

Stanley_White 28 September 2019 15:27

Quote:

Originally Posted by John Simpson (Post 1058817173)
Here, this monograph written by a student in the 1947-48 Infantry Officer Advanced Course is more to the point on the Alamo Scouts.


Author LTC Gibson Niles was the third and last director of training (as a MAJ) at the Alamo Scouts Training Center.


Just as a matter of interest the Alamo Scouts were recognized in 1988 with awarding them the Special Forces tab.


Finally, you can also access


CIA history of the Alamo Scouts

Thank you!

-Stan

John Simpson 28 September 2019 18:06

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Originally Posted by mb5417 (Post 1058817269)
I think I was mistaken about the Alamo Scouts. General Peers referenced his time in Burma. I don't know if the Alamo Scouts operated in that theater.


You were mistaken. LTG Peers had served in Detachment 101 with the OSS in WW2 and had nothing to do with the Alamo Scouts. And with the Alamo Scouts being part of US 6th Army they didn't operate in Burma but rather New Guinea and the Philippines.

WGH0922 28 September 2019 19:30

It's on the Military Channel right now. 1600/28Sep2019

2AP 29 September 2019 18:24

Another good read primarily on the Alamo scouts is: Shadows in the jungle; the Alamo Scouts behind Japanese lines in WWII.

Shadows is a mix of historical documentary, and narrative. It expands on the ‘Silent Warriors’ by Lance Zedric bringing life to the pages.

Excerpt, “The raid at Los Banos, one of the most successful rescues in American military history, went almost unnoticed by the public back home in the States. That was because on the very same day, February 23, 1945” U.S. Marines and a Navy corpsman raised a flag on top of Mount Suribachi.

And,

“In early December, about a month into the lengthy mission, Sumner received a radio report about well-camouflaged Japanese warehouses on the out skirts of Ormoc City that reportedly contained stores of food and ammunition. The 6th Army had called in air strikes, but the planes had been unable to spot the buildings beneath their camouflage netting. The task of knocking out the warehouses was thus passed on to Sumner and his men. He sat down with Nazareno and drew up plans to form a special contact company.”


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