HISTORY BEHIND THE NAME: Although the U.S. Army Rangers can trace their lineage back to pre-Revolutionary War times, the history of the modern Rangers began in World War II. Selected as the first commander to lead the newly formed 1st Ranger Battalion in 1942, Colonel William O. Darby established the unit under principles of high standards and discipline. Since then, the same principles have remained as cornerstones in the Ranger Regiment and is the reason why they have been, and continue to be, among the top tier military units in the world. In keeping with Colonel Darby’s principles and legacy, The Darby Project strives to uphold high standards in the services it provides to Rangers after they transition from active duty service.
HISTORY BEHIND THE LOGO: Upon its activation during World War II, the 2nd Ranger Battalion adopted the symbol of a blue diamond as its distinguished uniform patch. With a gold-threaded trim around its border, and the word, ‘RANGERS’, stitched across it in capital letters, the patch gained distinction after it was worn by the 5th Ranger Battalion on the beaches of Normandy during the D-Day invasion. Forged by the early modern Rangers as a symbol of determination, perseverance, and will, The Darby Project aims to embody the values of the blue diamond in its brand and logo.
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The Darby Project Mission
To facilitate a successful transition for Army Ranger veterans from active military service to a civilian life filled with hope and purpose. RLTW!
The Darby Project is a network of networks that synchronizes the efforts of veteran support organizations to lead revolutionary transition services for the elite Army Rangers! We are not waiting for the next war to figure this out.
Three Pillars of The Darby Project:
- RESILIENCE: Educate active duty Rangers still serving of the programs available to them now and after leaving the service.
- REINTEGRATION: Coordinate Ranger education programs and available resources before the Ranger exits active duty.
- REDIRECTION: Provide assistance to those Ranger veterans and families that need additional care and assistance after Rangers have entered civilian life.
The Darby Project Story
Ranger veteran, founder and Executive Director of GallantFew, Karl Monger realized as GallantFew grew that he needed a Ranger specific organization and founded The Darby Project.