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story.lead_photo.caption This World War II-era photo shows Army Rangers founder and Fort Smith native William O. Darby on the Harley-Davidson motorcycle he used for transportation. - Photo by Special to the Democrat-Gazette / JOE AND LIZ ARMSTRONG

“Lt. Col. Darby struck with his force with complete surprise at dawn in the rear of a strongly fortified enemy position. Always conspicuously at the head of his troops, he personally led assaults against the enemy line in the face of heavy machine gun and artillery fire, establishing the fury of the Ranger attack by his skillful employment of hand grenades in close quarter fighting.” —Citation for Distinguished Service Cross to William O. Darby.

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Editorial, Pages 14 on 01/11/2013

Print Headline: Bill Darby’s statue

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  • GoBigRed
    January 11, 2013 at 8:43 a.m.

    Tom Cotton = Bill Darby...really?!?

  • Garycmillerlawgmailcom
    January 11, 2013 at 9:11 a.m.

    I was getting ready to send this inspiring article to all my friends until the gratuitous and utterly inappposite Tom Cotton plug. Who wrote this thing?

  • RaylanGivens
    January 11, 2013 at 11:05 a.m.

    Funny to watch the liberals foam at the mouth, still trying to figure out where it said Cotton=Darby. Don't worry Lawyer your 2 friends have already read it.

  • Garycmillerlawgmailcom
    January 11, 2013 at 11:09 a.m.

    Nice to have the idiot squad chime in too.

  • Got2Kids
    January 11, 2013 at 11:55 a.m.

    Perhaps the comments should be restricted to honoring a great American hero, as opposed to trading irrelevant personal barbs. Be thankful people like COL Darby existed, and continue to exist. Our country would not survive without them. To all our service members, a sincere thank you.

  • Jfish
    January 11, 2013 at 1:29 p.m.

    The guy has been in office one week, nice to see the usual partisanship is alive and well. You are right Got2, without guys like Colonel Darby, we would probably be speaking German.

  • Garycmillerlawgmailcom
    January 11, 2013 at 1:52 p.m.

    We weren't criticizing General Darby; we were pointing out that the author was demeaning his memory by using it for a misplaced and inappropriate partisan political plug. Darby and his millions of heroic colleagues, including my father, deserve far more respect than was afforded them by the unnamed author of this piece.

  • Packman
    January 11, 2013 at 2:07 p.m.

    Hey inquire - Were you "sick to death" of the honorable Mr. Cotton when he was serving in the military protecting your sorry unappreciative A$$?

  • Packman
    January 11, 2013 at 3:42 p.m.

    Hey inquire - "The war in Iraq was totally unnecessary, based on lies, unfunded (the Republicans weren't concerned with paying for things back then) and protected no one here." This is perhaps the biggest slap in the face ever to the dedicated men and women serving in our volunteer military forces. So, inquire, would you mind telling us exactly what service in the military doesn't protect "no one here". I guess we all just imagined those planes flying into the World Trade Center and all other terrorist acts. Wait, let me guess. You believe the planes flying into the World Trade Center was all staged to give GWB an excuse to grow the military budget. That theory is as logical as the one you espouse about the Mena airport........ You really are one ungrateful, sad, pitifully unhappy person. Bless your heart.

  • lizzardarms01111608
    January 11, 2013 at 4:46 p.m.

    If you would like to donate your time or talents please contact Liz Armstrong @ 479.561.0493
    The General Darby Legacy Project Mission Statement:
    To posthumously recognize and bestow honor upon Gen. William O. Darby, for the ultimate sacrifice he gave as a U.S. Army Ranger during WWII, by preserving Ranger history in Fort Smith, Arkansas through education, community involvement and promoting an "All Era Ranger Reunion". To dedicate a Gen. Darby monument to be forever placed at Cisterna Park in Fort Smith, Arkansas as a memorial and reminder of his and all Rangers dedication and sacrifices by celebrating the triumphs and remembering the tragedies.
    Rangers Lead the Way!