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Old 9 May 2017, 20:26
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2017 Ranger Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to the following individuals for their selection into the 2017 Ranger Hall of Fame.

SGM Ret. Tyrone J. Adderly
CSM Ret. Frank Ashe
1SG Ret. Herbert Baugh
1SG Ret. Ronald Grenier
MSG Ret. Gilbert Howland
SSG Ronnie Imel
CSM Ret. Richard Lamb
MAJ Ret. Larry Moores
BG Ret. Craig Nixon
LT Tommy Norris (USN) (MOH)
MSG Ret. Leroy Petry (MOH)
1SG Ret. Mike Ramsey
SGM Ret. John Roy
CH Ret. Jeff Struecker
CSM Ret. Charles Thompson
LTG Ret. John Vines
CSM Ret. Matthew Walker

I'm familiar with a few of these names from discussions here, and of course Medal Of Honor recipients Norris and Petry. And Jeff Struecker of course, from Task Force Ranger.

Is Lt. Norris the first SEAL to be inducted?
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Old 9 May 2017, 23:16
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Tyrone Adderly is one of the finest men I know. I had the privilege of working with him for two years. A giant among men.
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Old 9 May 2017, 23:44
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This site's search engine is always fruitful:

http://www.socnet.com/archive/index.php/t-98829.html

SMG Ret. Tyrone J. Adderly was one I found.
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Old 10 May 2017, 07:16
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Know Mike Ramsey well, congrats to all.
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Old 10 May 2017, 10:06
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Job well done to all the selectees. Outstanding accomplishment!
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Old 10 May 2017, 10:32
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Just read the background of Tommy Norris. What a stud. Bolding is mine.

In April 1972, Norris was one of few remaining SEALs in Vietnam. When Lt.Col. Iceal Hambleton was shot down behind enemy lines, aerial combat search and rescue operations failed, leading to the loss of five additional aircraft and the death of 11 or more airmen, two captured, and three more down and needing rescue. Norris was tasked with mounting a ground operation to recover Lt.Col. Hambleton, 1stLt. Mark Clark, and 1stLt. Bruce Walker from behind enemy lines. Assisted by Vietnamese Sea Commando forces, he and VNN Petty Officer Nguyen Van Kiet went more than 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) behind enemy lines and successfully rescued two of the downed American aviators. Walker was discovered and killed by the NVA. Though Norris at first rejected the honor, he was recognized with the Medal of Honor in 1975. His actions were dramatized in the movie Bat*21.

Six months later, in October 1972, Norris sustained a near-fatal head wound in combat while protecting forces evacuating to his rear. A South Vietnamese soldier saw his severe head injury and left him, believing that Norris was dead. Fellow Navy SEAL Michael E. Thornton, upon hearing the news, went back intending to recover the body of his fallen comrade, only to discover that Norris was still just barely alive. Thornton was recognized with the Medal of Honor for his actions; he was the first man in more than a century to receive the Medal of Honor for saving the life of another Medal of Honor recipient. Norris received the Medal of Honor from President Gerald R. Ford in a White House ceremony on March 6, 1976. Tom Norris lost an eye and part of his skull during the combat in which he was rescued by Michael Thornton. As a result of the head injury, he retired from the Navy. He then spent three years recovering from his injuries in the hospital and over a six-year period underwent many major surgeries.

In 1979, Norris joined the FBI and requested a waiver for his disabilities. FBI director William Webster responded, "If you can pass the same test as anybody else applying for this organization, I will waive your disabilities." In September 1979, Norris passed the test and subsequently served as an FBI agent for 20 years. He was an original member of the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team as an assault team leader.
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Was Tommy Norris Ranger Qualified? Is that how he is eligible for entry into the RHoF?

I ASSumed you had to be from the 75th Ranger Regiment in order to qualify.
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The HOF has several honorary members so maybe that's it. Senator Kerry is another SEAL who has been inducted!
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Just read the background of Tommy Norris. What a stud. Bolding is mine.

In 1979, Norris joined the FBI and requested a waiver for his disabilities. FBI director William Webster responded, "If you can pass the same test as anybody else applying for this organization, I will waive your disabilities." In September 1979, Norris passed the test and subsequently served as an FBI agent for 20 years. He was an original member of the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team as an assault team leader.
When he applied to the HRT, a concern was raised about allowing a one-eyed man to try out for the team and the precedent that would set. IIRC, it was Danny Coulson, the HRT commander at the time, who replied "well, if any other one-eyed MOH awardees apply, we'll give them a fair try out too.

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Was Tommy Norris Ranger Qualified? Is that how he is eligible for entry into the RHoF?

I ASSumed you had to be from the 75th Ranger Regiment in order to qualify.
As I understand it Ranger qualified counts same as 75th (for RHOF, anyway,) which is different than honorary....

I can't believe how long I've been out and how many hall of famers I worked with or know. Small freaking world.
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Congratulations to them all and thanks for your service.

I know Jeff Streucker. We go every once in a while to his church Calvary Baptist in Columbus, GA. He is a fine man and his wife is wonderful.

Congratulations again everyone.
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I must be getting old. I know and worked with/alongside several.
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Old 11 May 2017, 14:46
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Was Tommy Norris Ranger Qualified? Is that how he is eligible for entry into the RHoF?

I ASSumed you had to be from the 75th Ranger Regiment in order to qualify.
As a former officer of the RRA, I can tell you that you don't have to be from the Regiment. A topic of a few heated discussions.

I'd have to look at the bio for Norris so I can't answer that question but I do know that multiple entities get to submit nominees.

A company commander I had is in and I was shocked that his packet made it but it was submitted by RTB and they get their share of slots. He in fact, knocked out a packet we had submitted by someone who in my opinion was far more qualified.

The good news is, that other packet was accepted the next year.

When you add the human element and quotas and other bullshit, your always going to have interesting results.

As some others noted, I'm old, I know / served with many of these cats.

Congrats to the new members!
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Was Tommy Norris Ranger Qualified? Is that how he is eligible for entry into the RHoF?

I ASSumed you had to be from the 75th Ranger Regiment in order to qualify.
Yes. Graduated in 1969.
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General Vines was well known in the 82nd. I know he had a Battalion there and I think a Brigade. Seemed a very popular Cmdr. Did he serve in Regiment?

Where would his bio be listed?
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LTG Vines served in 1/75 and 3/75.
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SGM Ret. Tyrone J. Adderly
CSM Ret. Frank Ashe
1SG Ret. Herbert Baugh
1SG Ret. Ronald Grenier
MSG Ret. Gilbert Howland
SSG Ronnie Imel
CSM Ret. Richard Lamb
MAJ Ret. Larry Moores
BG Ret. Craig Nixon
LT Tommy Norris (USN) (MOH)
MSG Ret. Leroy Petry (MOH)
1SG Ret. Mike Ramsey
SGM Ret. John Roy
CH Ret. Jeff Struecker
CSM Ret. Charles Thompson
LTG Ret. John Vines
CSM Ret. Matthew Walker
Every rescue guy knows who Lt Norris is.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS57YKGHDKc

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L0M5LH4...ng=UTF8&btkr=1

What a stud.

I hope there is similar information to be found out there about the rest of the guys on that list.

Bad asses all.

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When he applied to the HRT, a concern was raised about allowing a one-eyed man to try out for the team and the precedent that would set. IIRC, it was Danny Coulson, the HRT commander at the time, who replied "well, if any other one-eyed MOH awardees apply, we'll give them a fair try out too.

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LTG Vines served in 1/75 and 3/75.
Correct. Co Cdr in 1/75 and an original member of 3/75 as the XO when the Bn was stood up.
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