There we were plugging along doing our best to make life miserable for the North Vietnamese and VC, when ol' Westy decides all the LRPs and LRRPs are doing such a great job that we should be called Rangers and reactivates the 75th Rangers, tracing our heritage from WW II's Merrill's Marauder. And the 75th Rangers were reborn on February 1, 1969.
And, yes, I was part of that. My company, which was part of the Fourth Infantry Division — formerly E Co. 58th Inf. LRP/LRRP (part of the 1st Squadron 10th Cavalry) — became Co K, 75th Rangers (Abn).
And that, as they say, is how it happened.
Happy 41th to all the LRPs, LRRPs and Rangers out there.
If you'd like to read more, do a search at the top of this page for "rangers," and you'll find different write ups for as long as I've been doing LRRP's World.
And, yes, that's moi back in Pleiku circa 1968.