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5 things you didn’t know about the US Army

Army Ranger Patch (Military.com/Youtube)
April 18, 2016

The US Army is the senior resident service among all US Armed Forces services. Our nation’s oldest and largest military branch, the United States Army considers itself descended from the Continental Army and dates its institutional inception from the origin of that armed force in 1775.

Given this backdrop, to find little known things the US Army is truly a challenge. Nonetheless, that’s what we’re bringing in this video.

Fact number one is if the U.S. Army were a state, it would be the 42nd largest. The Army has 160 installations spread out across the country, equaling some 15 million acres.

(Military.com/Youtube)

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Fact number two is the name “Ranger” dates back to 17th century Colonial America. The first Ranger battalions were sanctioned during World War II beginning in June of 1942. Some of these battalions still exist today, participated in some of the most critical episodes of the war like spearheading and the allied landings on D-Day. Elite fighting units were formed to participate in conflicts between colonists and Native Americans tribes. A large part of their job was to perform reconnaissance by ranging.

(Military.com/Youtube)

Fact number three is prior to World War II, the 45th Infantry Division wore a swastika as their patch. It hasn’t always been the case that the swastika has been associated with Hitler and the Nazis. It had a long history as a symbol of good luck and good fortune. Many Native American tribes that resided in the southwest U.S. clung to the swastika for that very reason. After, the Army adopted the symbol to wear as their patch as a tribute to the Native American tribes. But, by the 1930’s and the rise of Nazi Germany the 45th Infantry stopped using the swastika and switched their patch to the Thunderbird in 1939.

Here it’s, 5 things you don’t know about the US Army.

Fact number four is that since World War II, the U.S. Army Rangers have led the way in more than 50 military campaigns. The Army Rangers are some of the most flexible and high trained light infantry forces in the U.S. military. They have the capability to deploy anywhere in the world within just 18 hours. Rangers led the way in operations in Grenada, Somalia, and the current war on terror.

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The final fact is that Teddy Roosevelt was the only U.S. president to receive a Medal of Honor for actions while he was serving in the Army, although it was awarded posthumously in 2001 by President Bill Clinton. Roosevelt was awarded the medal for his actions on San Juan Hill on July 1, 1898 in the Spanish/American War.