The Briefing Room

Update

September 30th, 2010

We attended the Scott Air force Base air show and once again took part in the Tora Tora Tora show. The Blue angels put on an amazing show along with many other trick planes and Air force jets. The Hangar Dance put on by the Commemorative Air Force was also a good time as usual. A little Rain didn’t stop anyone from dancing the night away. For more information and photos from this event visit cafmo.org. Or photos and videos on our website.

Another great event we attended was WWII Days at Midway Village in Rockford Il.   As usual this was a great event. Hundreds of Reenactors from all over the Midwest come to this event and pull out all the stops. There was so much to see and do there wasn’t enough time. 2nd Rangers had a good time falling in with old friends from 5th Ranger Bn, 2nd Infantry Division, and 9th Infantry Division. To see more about this event also check our photos.

Next few events will be the WWII RBA reunion in Ft.Benning Ga, and the River Battle at Ft.Bellefontain. Recruitment is up theis year with seven new people. We have a potential for two more coming on board as well.

There have been new photo albums placed in the photo section of our website, and new videos as well. If you would like to make a donation to our organization, our donations page is up and running. Your donations are tax deductible and your generosity helps restore a building at Jefferson Barracks, and helps make WWII Weekend at Jefferson Barracks a quality event. See you at the next event.

Sgt. K. Owens

WWII Weekend 2010 Wrap up.

May 3rd, 2010

WWII Weekend 2010 has come to a close.  Despite the amount of rain that fell on us the entire weekend, it was a success for many reasons.  With pride I would like to thank the courageous public for braving the rain to come out and see our event.  For the amount of rain and the threat of bad storms, people still came out to see the show to the tune of 10,000 people over the weekend.  I have heard praise on how well the battles worked and how impressive the campsites were. Thank you all for attending our event. Please contact St.Louis county parks if you had a good time , Parks Director 314-615-5454. Also, feel free to leave a comment on our guest book page http://2ndrangers.org/guestbook.php#entry.

I would also like to take this time to thank all the dedicated re-enactors that helped make this event run. Without your hard work, travel, and dedication, it all would not be possible. Special thanks to Moose for use of the radios, they were a life saver, and Brian for use of his mega phone, it was a voice saver.  There were some adjustments this year and we are starting to enforce new rules, registration, and safety and authenticity standards. Thank you all for your cooperation, and understanding with these efforts. thanks also to my fellow Rangers for their tireless efforts in planning, and execution of the event.

One more highlight to touch upon. We had been able to get a surviving D co. 2nd Battalion WWII Ranger to attend our event.  We all had such a good time with him. From getting him a cake for his birthday he just celebrated, and singing happy birthday, to having fun at the dance, and watching him hand out promotions to our men. We had a great time with Bill and hope he enjoyed it. We also had an honorary member of our group come from Ohio to attend the event. Her father was 3rd Battalion Ranger WWII, and like us, she wants to carry out the mission of education to keep their memories alive. She was astonished to say the least. From the amount of people, to the camps, and the vehicles. She got a better understanding of why we do what we do, and how we do it.  She also helped serve our cause at the event by helping to buy groceries, and working registration. Thanks again for your hard work Patti.

I would also like to thank the parks for being patient and having understanding. There was considerable damage done to the park due to vehicles and foot traffic. So far the parks have kept our costs down to a minimum. for repairs. If you would like to see photographs of this event. Please check out our photo gallery. http://2ndrangers.org/cpg1419/

Again, thank you all for your attendance, patience, hard work, and understanding.

Sincerely,

Sgt. Kevin Owens

U.S. 2nd Ranger Infantry battalion of St.Louis,

WWII Weekend 2010 at Jefferson Barracks

February 26th, 2010

Reenactors,

Please preregister online for this event. It will make registration go by much faster. At registration all you will have to do is sign the waiver and collect your ID card. We will be expecting a neighborhood of 450 reenactors this year. All reenactors and display participants will have to register. Even if you don’t plan on being in the battles.

Observe all safety and authenticity rules. No beards, and period hair cuts will be available on site. This is an ETO event.

Ft.Benning AAR

October 27th, 2009

We arrived in Columbus Ga. at approximately 8 PM eastern time. After a long day of travel we checked in to the hotel and set up our display room. After the majority of items were ready for display, we went to our rooms to settle in. The next morning we were busy finishing up the display, setting up interviews, and manning the hospitality room. After meeting with the Rangers and their families we had dinner and went back to the display room for mingling with Rangers and their families. Hearing stories from them men made the night go by quickly. Friday we loaded a few display Items to put out for The current Army Rangers, their families, and WWII Rangers, and their families. While the crowd was waiting to make it to the Rangers in action and graduation we put on a demonstration of uniforms and weapons from each of the six battalions during WWII with a brief history of each. The gates opened and everyone made their way to the bleachers for the ceremony. Not only was the ceremony informative, but entertaining. The Army had a good mix of tactics, maneuvers, education, humor, and explosives. After the graduation ceremony, we went on a tour of the National Infantry museum, where the curators took us on a private tour of a restored WWII barracks and company street complete with a chapel, mess hall, barracks, supply depot, and offices. Afterward we arrived in time to shower, change, and eat dinner. Once again opening up the display room to talk to the veterans and their families, and helping serve in the hospitality room. Saturday morning we went to a prayer service in Ft.Benning at the Ranger monument then lunch at the officer’s club. After lunch one of the current Army Rangers took us on a private tour of his headquarters. Saturday night we put on our class A uniforms for the formal dinner where guest speakers talked to us before dinner. After dinner we mingled with everyone and started to break down our display. By the end of the evening we had the majority of our equipment and personal belongings packed for the trip home.
On a personal note. This trip was the most inspiring event I have ever been to. It made me proud to be part of this organization, and an even deeper appreciation for those who serve. I have never been more proud of my friends, our soldiers, and our country.

WWII Music – Donations – River Battle – Other Events

August 17th, 2009

WWII Music available for download on our website. 12 hours of music for download in MP3 format. Or if you want all the songs we can put them on a disc for you for a small donation to cover shipping and disc expenses. The disc has  WWII posters etched into it via lightscribe. Not only are they impressive to look at, but they have many hours of period music. Place your mouse over media and click downloads to listen or download the music.

We will be updating the website soon with a donations page.  We are a 501(c)3 not for profit organization. We will have a means for you to donate to us for charitable tax donations. With expenses of about $4,000 dollars for WWII Weekend, and our storage building to restore, we will need all the help we can get.  Your donations are greatly appreciated.  We have

The River battle will be Saturday December 12th.  This will be a closed tactical open to ETO impression reenactors. This will be a constant rolling defensive battle, so bring food you can eat on the fly, or from a defensive position. Battle plans and price is in planning yet.  Check the website next week for details on this event, under EVENTS.

September will be a busy month. With the Hangar dance, Great river road military vehicle convoy, and Scott Air Force base Air Show featuring the Tora, Tora, Tora show all on the same weekend.  The weekend before will be the JB hayrides, and the weekend after the Air Show will be our trip to Rockford IL for WWII Days.

Unit updates and Information for 2009

June 11th, 2009

Friends,

Six months into 2009  and it has been a very successful year. Here is a recap of everything that has been going on this year so far.  In January the interim board was elected to the board of directors. U.S. 2ndRnager Infantry Battalion of St.Louis, Inc obtained the contract for our building 72 at Jefferson Barracks for restoration.  Meetings and plans for the restoration had been discusses among the membership. WWII Weekend at Jefferson Barracks was the most successful we have ever had, 12,000 to 15,000 visitors, and the parks department stated that they have NEVER had that many people come to a single event.  Events our unit had supported were Camp Hickory hill Tactical, Camp Clarke Battle of the bulge tactical, Operation WAVE at Kimmswick MO, WWII Weekend, LST 325 in Evansville, Walk in the sun history hike.  In our first 6 months of 2009 we recruited nine new living history re-enactors. Currently some of them are obtaining their uniforms and equipment.  Updates have been made to the website including a photo gallery of over 4600 photos and growing, videos from past events, and over 12 hours of downloadable public domain WWII music from 1941 to 1945.   We hope you enjoy our website as a valuable resource for education, and re-enacting. We hope that the next six months are as prosperous and successful as the last. Hope to see you all out there.

Sgt. Kevin Owens

President,

U.S. 2nd Ranger Infantry Battalion of St.Louis, Inc

WWII Weekend Jefferson barracks After Action Report

April 26th, 2009

April 24-26 WWII Weekend 09 at Jefferson Barracks. The event started Friday morning at 0900 when unexpectedly two school buses full of kids started the school educational tours. Boy scout groups, home schoolers, and regular schools alike all came in droves until about 1400.  Throughout the day reenactors came in to register and set up camp.  Dinner was served to reenactors at 1800 with spaghetti with meat sauce. Nobody walked away still hungry.  Park visitors came by and watched as people set up camp and displays anxious to see what the rest of the weekend had in store for them. After dinner The unit COs briefing took place at the Ranger camp. Safety issues and battle plans were discussed. at night the park was filled with the sounds of people laughing, singing, and having a good time with their friends by the camp fires. These camp fires were visible throughout camp square. Saturday morning at 0800 the Officer’s briefing took place for units that arrived during the night.   Followed by the raising of the flag accompanied by reveille.  Afterward was the safety and authenticity briefing of all reenactors where Cpl Owens had an embarrassing moment with a dud blank. The Germans moved out to the battlefield first, followed by allied units in the convoy. There we met a huge crowd of spectators and the battle  started with explosions and a hail of gunfire.  Approximately 350 reenactors put on a show with vehicles to a record audience. A parks employee stated that he had never seen this many people at this event.  Both battles Saturday had record crowds and before and after each battle those crowds moved to the camps. An estimated 12,000 spectators attended this event, which broke last year’s record. Saturday night was the dance sponsored by The Friends of Jefferson Barracks. The dance was sold out and everyone had a good time. Sunday morning there was a memorial service at the monument of the Battle of the Bulge. Attending were allied reenactors and members of The Gateway Chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge.  Sunday’s battle at noon was an intense fight, with an even more intense brush fire that started as a result of the pyrotechnics. With dry grass and heavy winds, the fire was a challenge to put out, but it was extinguished before the fire department arrived.  No reenactors required medical attention, but a few were singed in the fight. On a personal note. I would like to deeply thank all of the reenactors that helped douse the blaze.  On top of eighty degree weather, a hot sun beating down, wearing wool, and already partially exhausted by the battle. they still managed to put out the fire under extremely hot circumstances. THEN, continued the battle for the delight of the audience. From the bottom of my heart I thank you all. It shows your dedication to our hobby, and your steadfastness in the face of adversity. It makes me proud to be part of this experience with all of you. Thank you for your attendance and support of this event, both public and reenactors alike.

Sgt. Kevin Owens

D Co. 2nd Ranger Bn  (reenacted)

WWII Weekend Jefferson Barracks 2009

April 22nd, 2009

Just a few days away from our biggest event of the year, WWII Weekend at Jefferson Barracks, St.Louis county Park. Since my last post there have been many updates. So many that I have been too busy to update this blog, I apologize. I spoke with  the office at the park. Their phone, and mine as well, has been ringing off the hook. We will be having amazing weather this weekend, which will bring out people not only locally but people have been calling from all over the midwest wanting to see this event. It sounds like we will have a record numbers in attendance.

Last year we had 19 re-enacting units. This year we will have 30. Which means we will be having record numbers of re-enactors in attendance. We are anticipating numbers close to 400.  We will also be having a record number of vendors this year. From nationally known vendors such as At The Front, and Hessen Antique, All Era Militaria, and many more,  to independant vendors wanting to sell off their collections.  Calls and e-mails came flooding in after seeing articles in West Magazine, AAA Midwest Travel Treasures, Suburban Journals, The New York Times, and more. These articles can be found by clicking our MEDIA link.

I really hope you chose to spend your weekend with us. You will not regret it.

Thank you,

Cpl. Kevin Owens

President,  U.S. 2nd Ranger Battalion of St.Louis, Inc.

WWII Weekend

April 1st, 2009

With three short weeks to go WWII Weekend 2009 at Jefferson Barracks it is shaping up to be the largest WWII Weekend yet.

My phone has been ringing constantly with people wanting to see this event. We will also have more vendors than before, and more reenacting units than we had in years past. The Veterans of the Battle of the bulge will be there signing books telling their stories. Stop by the vendors and pick up a souvenir for the kids, watch the battle, and weapons demonstrations, and see the vehicles and hear the roars of their engines.

This event is total immersion into the 40s. Walking around the camp you will smell the canvas, hear the music from the era, and be able to watch how soldiers lived, and trained with living history displays. The sounds of jeeps driving around, and soldiers marching fills the air. You will feel like you are right there in 1944. I could describe it to you, but you really have no idea until you see it for yourself. Come witness this 30 plus year tradition and see history come alive at Jefferson Barracks April 25th and 26th.

Cpl. Kevin Owens
“D” Co. 2nd Ranger Bn (reenacted)
U.S. 2nd Ranger Infantry Battalion of St.Louis, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization

Hello Rangers!

January 1st, 2009

Welcome to our new website!

In addition to a new look and feel we also have a lot of new pages and features that we hope you enjoy.

Use the main navigation above to explore the new site and if you get lost – or are looking for something specific – try our Site Map, which is located under the HOME button on the main navigation.

Some of our new features include:

  • An Event Calendar – send your events to info@2ndrangers.us.
  • WWII Glossary – the look is still being customized but it is fully functional and open for submissions – this is where our WWII Word of the Day comes from.
  • Photo Galleries – categories, photo titles, photo descriptions, photo ranking, favorites, and user submissions – if you’re a regular photo contributor contact info@2ndrangers.us to request a login.
  • An online enlistment form to make enlistment easier on new recruits.
  • A Blog called The Briefing Room – to keep up with our latest news, events, and anything else that we think you should know about.
  • Online Chat so you can talk with other rangers and the public in real time.
  • Online Newsletter Signup (on the home page).

Upcoming features include:

  • Online Event Registration – pre-register for events to save time upon arrival.
  • Newsletter Archive – read all of our past newsletters.
  • Downloads – including: WWII posters for all sides, ration containers, songs, and more.
  • Video Archive – give your videos to Kevin Owens to post in the online video archive.
  • Discussion Forums – discuss any and everything.
  • Classifieds – post everything you want to sell, WWII period or not.
  • Guestbook – share your thoughts about us with others.

We hope you enjoy our new site and we are always open to your comments – positive or negative – so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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