National Rakkasan Association
"The legacy of valor Wiercinski inherited as the Rakkasans' commander gave him an advantage over commanders of less-storied units in fostering esprit de corps. Rakkasan veterans of earlier wars enjoyed almost unfettered access to the brigade in garrison, visiting frequently to share war stories and wisdom with their successors. "They're always at functions, and the soldiers always hear of their tales, and of the Rakkasan legacy, whether it be WWII, or Korea with the two combat jumps, or Vietnam-Hamburger Hill," Wiercinski said.
"And then of course, Desert Storm, with the great deep air assault into the Euphrates river valley. That all plays into combat power. It just does something to soldiers to feel a part of such a tight-knit organization...You hear boys talk about it all the time, you know, 'We're keeping up the Rakkasan legacy, we've got to uphold the standards of the Rakkasans and the 101st, the Screaming Eagles. "All of that was such a great combat multiplier for us. We knew where we came from, we knew who we were, and we knew what we stood for.""
Quote from: Not a Good Day to Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda by Sean Naylor Pages 51 and 52
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Historical Artist Dan Nance was commissioned to capture one tumultuous second of combat in the battle for Hamburger Hill in honor of the 50 years since the fighting took place. He was at the 50th Anniversary event in May of 2019 for the official unveiling and available to sign prints along with the Rakkasans who took the hill.
The Rakkasan Association is grateful for his incredible skill and emotional artestry and we are proud to present the painting: Dong Ap Bia - Let Valor Not Fail. Click here to purchase.