Fort Benning: 16 to be inducted into Ranger Hall of Fame Wednesday

benw@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 21, 2013 

The Ranger Training Brigade and the 75th Ranger Regiment will induct 16 Rangers into the 2013 Ranger Hall of Fame during a Wednesday ceremony at Fort Benning's McGinnis-Wickam Hall.

The 1:30 p.m. event in Marshall Auditorium honors their significant contributions, selfless sacrifice and loyal service as elite soldiers in the U.S. Army. To be eligible for selection, a soldier must have served in a Ranger unit during combat, be a graduate of the grueling Ranger School and have been retired or separated from service for three years.

Retired Master Sgt. Vincent Melillo, one of the original members of Merrill's Marauders during World War II and the Korean War, is among the 16 inductees. Merrill's Marauders were the first American troops to fight the Japanese on land in Asia during World War II. Traveling almost 1,000 miles, the soldiers marched farther on foot than any other fighting unit.

Other Rangers to be inducted are retired Gen. Peter Schoomaker; retired Lt. Gen. Gary Speer; retired Lt. Cols. James Dabney and Frederick Spaulding; retired Maj. Carleton Vencill; retired Command Sgt. Majs. Andrew McFowler, Doug Greenway, Bill Smith, Charles Williams, Robert Gilbert and Joe Mattison; retired Sgt. Majs. Matthew Berrena and Pat Hurley; and retired Master Sgts. Howard Mullen and Thomas Bragg.

The Ranger Hall of Fame has recognized contributions of America's most elite fighting force since 1992.

The event is open to the public.

The rank for retired Master Sgt. Vincent Melillo was first listed incorrectly.

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