I hadn't realized, until I did some research, that the Army Rangers have such a storied history. I'd erroneously believed that they were a more recent addition to America's armed forces.
In 1756, Major Robert Rogers recruited nine companies of American colonists to fight for the British during the French and Indian War. Rogers made the most of the techniques and methods of operations inherent in the frontiersman. These soldiers were the backbone of the Americans who fought the British in the Revolutionary War.
Men such as Daniel Morgan, who led Morgan's Riflemen and Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, worked to use the native abilities of the woodsmen and fighters they commanded. With this beginning, Rangers have seen combat in every major conflict in which the United States has been involved.
"Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country."--the fifth stanza of the Ranger Creed.