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The 2d Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne) in the Korean War, 1950-1951

Edward L. Posey

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Price: $32.95
ISBN: 978-1-932714-45-6
eBook: 978-1-61121-036-1
On Sale: June 2009

Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-611210-77-4
eBook: 978-1-61121-036-1
On Sale: January 2011

24 b/w photos & 4 maps

FINALIST: 2009 Army Historical Foundation's Distinguished Writing Award

". . . a marvelous read." - The Washington Times

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Praise for The US Army's First, Last, and Only All-Black Rangers

". . . invaluable contribution to American military history shelves, particularly those with a focus on African-American issues or the Korean War."

- James A. Cox,
Editor, Library Bookwatch March 2011

"In his amazing history of the black Rangers in Korea, Master Sergeant (Ret) Edward L. Posey lays out the guts and bolts of not only what it takes to volunteer to become an Airborne Ranger but also the even greater guts it takes to ride that training into combat on a hope and a prayer and a parachute.

Posey has made a significant contribution to the history of the American combat soldier, whether the soldier be black, white, brown, or red."

- MSG (Ret) Charles W. Sasser,
U.S. Army Special Forces and author of Patton's Panthers; One Shot-One Kill; None Left Behind; God in the Foxhole and many more

"A labor of love by surviving members of this unit. . . . Many readers will appreciate this addition to Korean War studies."

- Library Journal

". . . a great read on an important topic . . ."

- David H. Petraeus,
General, United States Army, Commanding

"The 2d Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne) should rank with other elite Black military units, being on the cusp of military desegregation. Edward Posey's accounts of their heroic actions and obstacles encountered during the 1950-1951 Korean Conflict (War) in The US Army's First, Last, and Only All-Black Rangers are poignant. The men are icons, and I am so proud of them."

- Lorraine West,
U.S. Army Women's Army Corps, Korean War

"It is a truly handsome book and should reach a large readership."

- Col. (Ret.) Robert I. Channon,
U.S. Army, 4th Ranger Infantry Company

"Posey’s vivid recollections of the heroism and dignity with which the Buffalo Rangers faced their enemies both foreign and domestic is indeed a marvelous read. More important still it gives long-overdue credit to the valor and sacrifice demonstrated by African-American warriors in American military history."

- The Washington Times,
Ranger and Special Operations historian Col. Michael Haas, USAF, ret.

"There is a growing interest in the role of the African American Soldier in our history, from the time of the Revolution to Iraq. Documentaries, like our recent Emmy award winning special on African Americans at D-Day, prove the point. The US Army's First, Last, and Only All-Black Rangers adds a fascinating personal note to this on going epic. Posey's story is important because it says so much about our history. It's destined to become an essential part of our understanding of the role black citizens have played in defending and defining our country."

- Charlie Maday,
Senior Vice President, Military History Channel

"Posey’s compelling account has it all: drama and daring, bravery and bigotry, combat and courage. These remarkable men made the first airborne assault in Ranger history on March 23, 1951, and ended their service with an outstanding combat record that is now, finally, one for the history books."

- Tim and Daphne Reid,
Producers, New Millennium Studios

"Friendship, bravery, and compassion, these American soldiers had it all. The passionate description of bravery, patriotism, and pride gives the reader insight into the men who changed the armed services forever. I found myself wanting to cheer for them and cry with them, and beaming with pride for all they were able to accomplish. These men proved they were the best."

- Pamela Gentry,
Washington Bureau Chief, BET News

"Master Sergeant Ed Posey’s story is a riveting account of the misuse of brave men, who made up the Army’s first, last, and only all-black ranger company in what has come to be known as the FORGOTTEN WAR, the US Army in Korea 1950-1953. While the local combatant commanders on the ground were clearly willing to use the 2d Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne) in realistic tactical formations, senior officers at corps and higher were still guided by their own misguided prejudices grounded in WWI and WWII concepts about the black soldiers inability to be competent leaders or fighting infantrymen, almost three years following President Truman Executive Order 9981 to ensure equality of treatment and opportunity for all. Posey’s firsthand experience, accompanied by the recollections of his peers, paints a vivid mosaic of life at the most basic level of the airborne grunt. It’s a story that made me reflect on my experience as a small unit leader in the early stages of the Korean War."

- Julius W. Becton, Jr., Lieutenant General USA (Ret.),
author of Becton: Autobiography of a Soldier and Public Servant

"Mr. Posey’s outstanding new book stands as a shining example of what Americans are capable of accomplishing. This elite outfit of paratroopers not only fought the Communists on the battlefield, but racial prejudice and bigotry from their own government. As one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus, I think this book will help educate all of America’s children, young and old, what others have sacrificed on their behalf."

- Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Michigan

"Formed as part of an Army that clung to racial segregation, despite a presidential directive to the contrary the Buffalo Rangers helped make racial integration a reality. This is their story."

- Bernard C. Nalty,
author of Strength for the Fight: History of Black Americans in the Military

"As a combat veteran of the Korean War, an author, actor, and "Above the Call: Beyond the Duty" style US citizen of African-American descent, I found Edward Posey’s The U.S. Army’s First, Last, and Only All-Black Rangers an outstanding contribution to both our nation’s history, and the history of our country during wartime. The U.S. Army’s First, Last, and Only All-Black Rangers is the first complete history of an elite, all-volunteer unit, whose members were drawn from the 3rd Battalion of the 505th Airborne Infantry Regiment and the 80th Airborne Anti-Aircraft Battalion. I heartily recommend this eye-opening and informative depiction of an incredibly relevant page in US history."

- James McEachin,
Silver Star, Purple Heart Veteran, Author, Actor, Director, Producer (


Edward L. Posey

Master Sergeant (Ret) Edward L. Posey joined the US Army in 1947. After serving with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 505th Airborne Infantry Regiment, he volunteered for airborne training with the Rangers in 1950 and served with distinction in the Korean War (where he was wounded)...

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