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History of U.S. SOF

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U.S. special operations forces (SOF) history can be traced back to the French and Indian War.

World War II SOF

U.S. Army Rangers. There were a number of Army Ranger battalions formed during World War II. Many of the Ranger battalions saw service in the European theater. However, some were employed in the Pacific theater. The 6th Ranger Battalion was part of a combined force (including the Alamo Scouts and Philippine guerrillas) that rescued over 500 POWs from the Cabanatuan POW camp on January 30, 1945.



News Articles about SOF History

January 6, 2021. "7th Anniversary of the deactivation of the 6th Ranger Battalion", USASOC History Office.




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