FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – A monument honoring the U.S. Army Ranger Advisors will be unveiled and dedicated Saturday, March 28, at 10:30 a.m. at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum.
The U.S. Ranger Advisors served with the elite Vietnamese Rangers (Biet Dong Quan), a professional group with a total commitment to their courageous brother-in-arms who faced death daily in close combat. They fought side-by-side with the Rangers in the front lines of some of the greatest battles of the Vietnam War. The last Ranger Advisors left Vietnam in March 1973.
In 1966, General Harold K. Johnson, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, described the Military Advisor, Vietnam. “Out there with an ARVN battalion, a Special Forces trained CIDG Strike Force, or accompanying a Regional Force company on a district security operation, carrying his share of ducks in his belt, the Advisor and his small team are entirely dependent upon others with whom they frequently don’t even share a familiar language. The battlefield is a lonely place; they are the loneliest people in the world—these Advisors in the districts and with ARVN battalions and Special Forces units.”
The Ranger Advisors were the first training teams sent to Vietnam to assist in organizing and training Ranger Units and were provided by the U.S. Special Forces from Fort Bragg and Okinawa in 1960. The BDQ Advisor exhibit covering the legacy of the Biet Dong Quan is on display at the museum.
All former Ranger Advisors are encouraged to participate in the dedication on Saturday, March 28th 2009, 10:30 a.m. at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum, 100 Bragg Boulevard, Fayetteville, North Carolina. Other interested persons are cordially invited to attend the ceremony.
For more information contact BDQ Unit Director Bill Miller at 803. 641.9504.