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Gen William Orlando Darby
Birth: Feb. 9, 1911
Fort Smith
Sebastian County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Apr. 30, 1945, Italy

United States Army Officer. Renown for commanding “Darby's Rangers” in World War II. Graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1933. By October 1940 he had achieved the rank of Captain. Early in World War II he had served in staff positions but in early 1942 he was assigned to form a unit that bore the title "Rangers" based on the British model. He led “Darby's Rangers” with the rank of Colonel in North Africa, Sicily and Anzio as well as other actions. His awards included the Silver Star, Purple Heart, Distinguished Service Medal and others. On April 30, 1945 while serving with the 10th Mountain Division in Italy he was killed by an artillery burst. He was posthumously awarded the rank of Brigadier General. (bio by: Steve Dunn) 
 
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Fort Smith National Cemetery
Fort Smith
Sebastian County
Arkansas, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Steve Dunn
Record added: May 10, 2003
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Gen William Orlando Darby
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