Ranger Frank South, Veteran of 2nd Ranger Battalion, World War II
Dear Senator Roth:
As a member of the 2nd Ranger Bn. of W.W.II, I was shocked, as were
my fellow veterans, to learn that the distinctive Black Beret of the
Army Rangers was to become standard issue to all army units next year by
order of one Gen. Shinseki. Already this has affected the morale of the
currently active members of this elite and important force but will, I
am certain, have a distinctly deleterious affect on future
re-enlistments and recruitment. Many regard this as a thoughtless
insult to these distinctive volunteer battalions who have given so much
to their nation. I am confident that you will use your influence to
help correct this serious blunder.
I have taken the liberty of attaching two analyses of the problem.
The first is by Bob Black, the published author of two books and several
articles about the Rangers, and a distinguished soldier himself. I hope
you will give them your attention.
Frank E. South, Jr., Ph.D.
President, Northeast Chapter, Ranger Battalions Assoc., W.W.II