To Fight with Intrepidity… The Complete History of The U.S. Army Rangers, 1622 to Present, 2nd ed.


JD Lock, LTC, U.S. Army (Ret.)

John Lock is a 1982 graduate and former assistant professor of the United States Military Academy at West Point.  He enlisted in the Army in 1974 and served as a Non-Commissioned Officer until 1978.  His commissioned assignments include the 1st Armored Division, Nuremberg, West Germany, the 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., and Stabilization Forces (SFOR), Bosnia and Herzegovina.

His military and advanced civil education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course, the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, and a Master of Science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  His decorations include the Master Parachutists Wings and the Ranger Tab.

In 1998, the first edition of his first book, To Fight with Intrepidity: The Complete History of the U.S. Army Rangers, 1622 to Present, was published by Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books.  His second work, The Coveted Black and Gold: A Daily Journal Through the U.S. Army Ranger School Experience, was published in 2001.

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For more than 200 years, U.S. Army Rangers have fought suicidal combat missions against overwhelming odds—earning their unrivaled reputation as the world’s premier warriors with bravery and blood. Now, in the first complete chronicle of this elite combat force, Ranger qualified Lieutenant Colonel JD Lock vividly brings to life the horrific battles and the heroic exploits of a special breed of men for whom “valor, honor, and country” mean more than life itself.

Take a stand with Robert Rogers and his outnumbered Rangers at La Barbue Creek… Ride with Mosby on the Stoughton Raid… Spearhead Patton’s invasion of Sicily beside legendary modern Ranger founder William O. Darby… Outnumbered 13:1, defend Hill 205 against overwhelming hordes of Communist Chinese… Feel the adrenaline rush of the Red Devil Raiders as they hunt Viet Cong guerrillas within Vietnam’s Quang Tri Region. From the woods and rivers of the French and Indian War to the chaotic and merciless dirt streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, enter combat with the elite warriors who have changed the course of history.


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