William O. Darby was a remarkable figure in the annals of military history, renowned for his pivotal role in the creation of the U.S. Army Rangers. Inspired by the British Commandos, Darby envisioned a specialized unit capable of conducting high-risk, small-scale operations behind enemy lines during World War II. With unwavering determination, he spearheaded the formation of the 1st Ranger Battalion, assembling a group of handpicked soldiers who underwent rigorous training and embraced a unique ethos of courage and tenacity.

Darby’s leadership and innovative tactics in combat became the foundation of the Rangers’ success, forging their path as an elite fighting force and cementing his legacy as the “Father of the Rangers.”