U.S. Army ~ Ranger, Class 9-74

Ranger Class 9-74I earned my Ranger Tab in 1974, following the Infantry Officer Advanced Course–finishing as the Distinguished Honor Graduate of my class.  Aggie-Tough as LTC (US Army Ret.) Hubert T. Wagstaff described it at our ROTC Reunion this past weekend.

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  1. I received the Brigadier General William O. Darby Memorial Award as the Ranger School Distinguished Honor Graduate.

    The words on my plaque on 2 metal plates read:

    BRIGADIER GENERAL
    WILLIAM O. DARBY
    MEMORIAL AWARD
    PRESENTED BY
    RANGER BATTALIONS ASSOCIATIONS

    DISTINGUISHED HONOR GRADUATE
    RANGER CLASS 9-74
    CAPTAIN JAMES A. ARTIS
    23 APR 1974 – 20 JUN 1974

    WILLIAM O. DARBY AWARD (Distinguished Honor Graduate)
    The Darby Award is awarded to the Ranger that shows the best tactical and administrative leadership performance, has the most positive spot reports and has demonstrated being a cut above the rest. He must also pass all graded leadership positions, peer reports, and may not recycle. This award is named in the honor of BG William O. Darby, who organized the 1st Ranger Battalion in 1942 with handpicked volunteers leading the way onto the beaches of North Africa. Ranger Battalions also spearheaded the campaigns in Sicily and Italy, and the D-Day landing on Omaha Beach. In the Pacific the 6th Ranger Battalion served with distinction in the Philippines.

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    1. Although I am honored to have received this award. It was not an objective of mine. I simply wanted to complete the grueling course. At the end, I had more than the 1,000 points every Ranger starts with. I do not recall the number. It was an honor to be the first ranger in my class to be pinned with the Ranger–therein is another story.

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