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Lomell served with Company D, 2nd Ranger Battalion, United States Army. Lomell states that Rangers were volunteers and aimed to be the best of the best in the Army. Lomell first went to a Ranger school that was specialized in many things that regular troops do not have to submit to. Rangers were in a specialized field with specialized missions. Lomell entered the US Army in June of 1942. His first combat action was in Normandy, France.The 2nd Ranger Battalion trained at Camp Forrest, Tennessee and organized. Lomell was invited to become the 1st Sgt of D Company on the very first day of the 2nd Rangers activation in the spring of 1943. They had to be trained in all kinds of warfare. They were given jump training, and all kinds of training that any troop is inflicted when entering the US Army.Lomell found out on 27 April 1944, his mother's birthday, that the Rangers would be heading to Normandy. Prior to that, it was speculated as to what they would be doing since they had been climbing so many cliffs during their months of training. He didn't know where those cliffs would be until April of 1944. Lomell and the Rangers were in England and had been training with the British Commandos there. A notice went out 1 day about a conference regarding the invasion plan, but with high security, the date and location were not given. They were told very general things since they were sworn to secrecy and didn't want things to leak out. The Rangers were told they would be used, but did not know where or what day at that particular conference. They were sworn to secrecy and then kept in training areas that were kept under guard in order to keep information from leaking out.Lomell was still the 1st Sergeant of D Company when preparing for Normandy. His main concern was the men and making sure their needs were met for the invasion. They eventually loaded the channel steamers and waited for what would become D-Day [AnnotatorÂ’s Note: Operation Overlord], English boats that took tourists back and forth prior to the war.
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