Rangers Lead The Way!

« Travelling on the path that my father took so many years ago was like being there with him in 1944. I would have done the trip without him but it was even more special to be able to go with him. I can truly say that our tour of the Normandy battlefields with Geert was the highlight of my life to this point and a memory that will be with me forever. »
Ron Hudnell, son of Ranger James Hudnell

Pfc. James Hudnell served in Company D, 2
nd Ranger Battalion on D-Day and later at Brest where he was severly wounded. After the passing of his wife his son Ron, himself a former Ranger, decided it was time to bring his father back to Normandy where he had fought during WWII.

James and Ron returned to the Pointe du Hoc, an iconic American battlefield in Normandy and James Hudnell’s D-Day objective.
A powerful moment occurred when father and son paused at the name of John D. Oehlberg listed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Normandy American Cemetery. James and John were on the same landing craft on D-Day. John did not make it, James lived and returned home,…