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  • Dec 07, 2019

    First Saturday Ranger Breakfast - Nationwide

    First Saturday of the month Ranger/SF Breakfast. This was a tradition in Minneapolis started 60 years ago by the WWII Darby Originals. They met the first Saturday of every month - come hell or high water - for that many years. There was no organizational affiliation. No one owns the Ranger Breakfast - it is for all Ranges and their families. 

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  • Dec 08, 2019

    MM captures first U.S. WW II POW - 1941

    Merrillâs Marauder captures first U.S. WW II POW - December 8, 1941

                Today is the 75th anniversary of the Dec. 8, 1941, capture of the United Statesâ first POW by Tom Tsubota, who in 1943 volunteered from the Military Intelligence Service as one of 14 Japanese American interpreters with Merrillâs Marauders.

                On Dec. 7, 1941, when Pearl Harbor was attacked, Tsubota was a 26-year-old National Guardsman on maneuvers in Hawaii with âGâ Company of the 298th Infantry Regiment.       
                Almost half of the 6,000 Japanese Americans serving in the Military Intelligence Service during WW II were from Hawaii.  Their heroic service was not recognized for decades since members of the MIS were sworn to secrecy until years after WW II ended.  They did not receive a Presidential Unit citation until the year 2000.
                Tsubotaâs role in the Dec. 8, 1941, capture of LT Kazuo Sakamaki, the only survivor of several Japanese two-man mini-submarines attempting to reach land, is part of a new movie, âGo for Broke,â that took Hawaiian native Stacey Hayashi more than 15 years to produce. Its Washington, DC debut was in October 2017.
                The movie traces the history of the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team.  âGo for Brokeâ is the motto for the 442nd and the name of the âGo for Broke National Education Center.â
                In a 1993 article for the 50th anniversary of Hawaiiâs Military Intelligence Service Veteranâs Club, Tsubota said, âOn the morning of December 7th, we noticed smoke rising from Kaneohe Air Base. A plane with a red âhinomaruâ beneath its wings flew over. We thought it was just maneuvers until the machine gun firing started near Bellows Airfield.  Then we knew it was for real.
                 âWe received orders immediately to dig gun pits and foxholes along the shore, and rotated guard duty, waiting for the Japanese invasion,â he said.
                Tsubota was guarding the shoreline when he saw a shivering Japanese, who he didnât recognize as a soldier âbecause he was half-naked walking up the road,â said his youngest son, Leighton, shortly before his fatherâs death Valentineâs Day 2017 at age 102.
                âMy father questioned him in Japanese, figured he was a military sailor and turned him over to the sergeant on duty,â said Leighton. âHe didnât think what he did was anything special, and only started talking about it during the past 20 years when people started asking him about his story.
                âThat generation is pretty humble, and he didn't really talk about things,â explained Leighton.  âHe didn't talk about it for a long time. I think he wanted to forget some of the things he saw.â
                Tsubotaâs blanket, which he had with him since he was on maneuvers, was used to cover the body of the other dead crewmember whose submarine washed ashore onWaimanalo beach. 
                It was only months later when the United States government began placing its citizens of Japanese ancestry into internment camps. Following the Pearl Harbor attack, Tsubota and the other soldiers of Japanese ancestry serving in the 298th became part of the 100th Infantry Battalion which was sent to Camp McCoy, Wis. Tsubota was going through combat training there when he was recruited for the Military Intelligence Service because his background included two degrees from Japanese universities.  He had also qualified for the 1932 Olympic trials in Los Angeles.
                Around August 1943, Tsubota volunteered for an âexpendableâ top secret mission expecting high casualties and become one of the 14 Nisei or Japanese American interpreters with Merrillâs Marauders, officially the 5307th composite Unit Provisional.
                All 14 Nisei survived the Merrillâs Marauder mission in the China Burma India Theater.  But their leader, LT. William A. Laffin, was killed in Burma May 18, 1944.  His mother was Japanese.
                The last surviving Merrillâs Marauder Nisei, Tsubota was also the oldest Army Ranger when he died at 102, replacing Dr. Joseph H. Hilsman Jr. from Tucker, GA, who was 103 when he died.  Hilsman was an Army medical officer with the 5th Ranger Battalion in Europe. Another Marauder Nisei, Roy Matsumoto, was only weeks away from turning 101 when he died in 2014.

  • Dec 08, 2019

    5th Annual 75th Ranger Houston Texans Tailgate

    Mark your calendar, book your flight, or grab your Ranger Buddy and plan your road trip down to Houston in December!

    5th Annual 75th Ranger Tailgate in Houston, TX is set for Sunday Dec. 8, 2019 when the Denver Broncos take on the Houston Texans. The tailgate begins at 9 a.m. and will go until the end of game.

    Hope to see you there!

  • Dec 14, 2019

    National Wreaths Across America

  • Dec 14, 2019  9:30 am - 11:30 am

    Metroport Veteran Association Breakfast

    No registration required - this is a no-host event, meaning you buy your own breakfast.  If it's your first time find Karl and he'll buy your breakfast today!

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The GallantFew STAR incorporates Self-Training and Response-Ability into the Ranger Functional Fitness (RFIT) program. Broken down into five components, TDP connects, educates, and empowers Rangers through participation in activities that enhance each functional fitness area.

  • Spiritual. Purpose and direction.
  • Professional. Career, education, and financial growth.
  • Social. Integration and leadership in civilian communities.
  • Physical. Healthy and competitive lifestyle.
  • Emotional. Self control and personal discipline.

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