Charles Ryan – Army Ranger, 2nd BN in WWII– passed away in his home in St. Louis on Mar. 24 at the age of 96.
Charles Ryan served as an Army Ranger in the 2nd BN in WWII and was one of 225 Rangers that risked their lives in the D-Day Invasion at Normandy (in the Associated Press on Saturday).
During the invasion, 50 of the 65 troops in Ryan’s unit lost their lives during the battle that began on June 6, 1944. In all, there were 225 Rangers that warded off fire from enemy artillery.
Ryan was wounded during the D-Day Invasion but that didn’t stop him from fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest.
Ryan was assigned to the 2nd Ranger Battalion, which received the assignment along with the 5th Ranger Battalion in June 1944. The 2nd Battalion was tasked with landing on the beach, scaling the cliffs and securing the higher ground. Once reaching the tops, they were to use flares to signal the successful taking of the cliffs.