Elite Soldiers Recognize WWII Army Ranger Legend
by U.S. Army National Guard Spc. Victoria Eckert
September 30, 2018
Tables covered in white cloth. Friends and service members
gathered in a community room at the Arkansas Veterans Home in North
Little Rock, Arkansas. Scattered throughout the room are U.S. Army
Rangers. All brought together to celebrate a hero. A fellow Ranger.
Army Rangers are among the best of the best serving in the
United States military. According to a study done in Fiscal Year
2016, only 36.8% graduated the arduous Ranger course. The course is
designed to push the limits of a Soldier’s mind and body.
Denman Wolfe is a part of this elite group.
Over 74 years
ago, the 5th Ranger Battalion gallantly met the enemies of World War
II at the beaches of Normandy, France, June 6, 1944. One of those
Rangers was Private Wolfe, a 23-year-old Soldier from Indiana
assigned to D-Co, 5th Ranger Battalion.
Left - U.S. Army Command Sgt.
Maj. Rick Megaloff, State Command Sergeant Major, Arkansas
National Guard, presents his coin of excellence to retired
Master Sgt. Denman Wolfe during the 'Ranger Breakfast', at
the Arkansas Veterans Home in North Little Rock, Arkansas on
July 18, 2018. Right - Sketched portrait of retired Master
Sgt. Denman Wolfe by a German POW at a barber shop before
his return to the USA, circa 1945. (Image created by USA
Patriotism! from U.S. Army National Guard photos by Spc.
More than 160,000 allies landed on the beaches of Normandy to
take on Hitler’s Army. It is known to be the single most important
fight in World War II. Col. Schneider, commander, 5th battalion,
ordered three waves of eighteen Ranger boats to Omaha Beach. The
first companies to land at Point du Huc were met by immense machine
gun, mortar and artillery fire. In the heat of combat, 2nd Ranger
Battalion received reinforcements from the 5th Ranger Battalion.
“We scaled the cliff at Point du Huc,” said Wolfe as he showed a
photo of the cliff displayed on his wall. “ It was 100 feet high.”
Wolfe spent 3 years, 11 months and 21 days in Europe with the
U.S. Army. His time was spent in Africa before World War II and
Korea during the Korean War. His medals include the Purple Heart,
Bronze Star and the Good Conduct Medal. Wolfe retired from the
United States Army as a Master Sergeant in 1962 after serving for 22
“To me, he is a living legend” said Mike Ball, a
member of the Rangers Special Forces page on Facebook.
group, comprised of former Rangers and Special Forces Soldiers,
gather for a ‘Ranger Breakfast’ when they can. “It gives us an
opportunity to learn more about these guys. Once they are gone, we
are the ones who tell the story, and we wouldn’t be where we are
without men like Wolfe” said Ball.
“I’m no hero, I just did
what I had to do,” expressed World War II veteran Denman Wolfe,
retired U.S. Army Ranger Master Sergeant.
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