The Creation, Founding, Organization and Incorporation

of the United States Army Ranger Association

Forty-Four Years Later


WWII Rangers meet with Florida Ranger Camp Commander and Staff to Observe Ranger Training on  October 17, 1970. 

USARA was organized in Panama City, Florida on March 31, 1973 and incorporated in the State of Florida on June 13, 1973.  The Association was founded by 10 WWII Ranger battalion veterans and the Commander of the Florida Ranger Camp; shown in the photo above.  The founders elected  Rev. Albert “Al” Tovey the first USARA President. Tovey had declined to accept a commission as an Army Chaplain  in 1942, instead he enlisted as a private in the infantry. After graduation from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, Tovey volunteered for assignment with the Rangers and activated and trained with the Second and Fifth Ranger Battalions.  Tovey saw combat service in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Southern France and Germany. He was awarded the Silver Star (OLC), Bronze Star (2OLC), and Purple Heart (3OLC) and other service and occupation medals, and parachutist badge.  Tovey was taken prisoner on two occasions but both times managed to escape before reaching a prison camp.  He left the Army in December 1952 as a Major.

The creation of USARA actually began three years earlier in the summer of 1970 at a WWII Ranger Battalion Association Reunion held in Cape Canaveral, Florida.  While at that event, LTC Jim Tucker, the then Florida Ranger Camp commander posed a question that prompted a visit by some WWII Rangers to the Florida Ranger Camp later that year  The outcome of that visit on October 17 and 18, 1970 – forty-four years ago this month triggered nearly three more years of debate before USARA was realized.

A link for more information including historical narrative, photos, and newspaper articles related to the “Creation” of USARA will be added here in a few days.   As the USARA history is written, additional information will be presented.  The next part is “the  incorporation”.  Check back often.


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