The Arrowhead shape of the shield on which the coat of arms is displayed memorializes the first Rangers or Ranger-type units such as those of Robert Rogers and Daniel Morgan. It also symbolizes the out-front nature of Rangers.
The Scroll represents the history of modern Rangers from those organized and activated by William O. Darby in 1942 to the present.
The Gold Star portrays the city of Dahlonega and Lumpkin County, Georgia--the site of mountain Ranger training since 1952 and the home of Camp Frank D. Merrill which was completed in 1960.
TVD stands for Tennessee Valley Divide, the dominant topographical feature of the mountain Ranger training area and reflects of the challenges of patrolling in the rough, steep terrain of the mountains of North Georgia.
The Sun OF China is borrowed from the 75th Ranger Regiment unit insignia and stands for operations of the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), Merrill's Marauders, whose legendary exploits in the China-Burma-India theater of WWII gave the mountain Ranger training facility its name.
The Lightning Bolt depicts quick, aggressive action--a trademark of Ranger operations. A Ranger, according to his creed, is expected to "move further, faster, and fight harder than any other soldier."
The Points of the Compass are to show the Ranger's ability to navigate successfully in any type of terrain and to operate effectively in any global environment.
Lead the Way is the Ranger motto which originated on Omaha Beach, Normandy, when the division commander of the 29th Inf Div exhorted his troops to clear the beach and advance inland or die, while instructing the Rangers of the 5th Battalion to "Lead the Way!"
The Crossed Axe and Piton Hammer represent expertise in military mountaineering techniques, the instruction of which is unique to Camp Merrill.
Development of Brotherhood and Fellowship among all those who served their country as Rangers is the purpose of the US MOUNTAIN RANGER ASSOCIATION.
Crest design by Mike Ramsey
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