Second Ranger BattalionDedicated to 1st Sgt. Leonard G. Lomell, a former member of Company D, 2nd Ranger Battalion, United States Army, World War II, in recongnition of his Distinguished Service to his unit and country. On June 6, 1944, D-Day, 1st Sgt. Lomell, as an acting platoon leader, was the first Ranger wounded as his L.C.A. landed on the narrow beach below the 200-foot cliffs of Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France. Notwithstanding his wounds, he and his 2nd platoon climbed the cliffs despite the overwhelming odds against the success of their mission and the heavy firepower of the many German soldiers defending the fortress known as Pointe du Hoc. Topside in the assault, he neutralized a machine gun position, infiltrated two enemy lines of defense and personally found and destroyed the five large 155-mm (6") coastal guns located in an alternate position a mile inland from Pointe du Hoc. The guns had a range of 12 miles and could easily reach the landing beaches and the invasion armada of ships. Many thousands of lives were saved by 1st Sgt. Lomell's heroic action. The mission, said by General Omar Bradley to be the most dangerous mission of D-Day, was accomplished by 8:30 a.m. that morning.
|Placed By||The Grateful Citizens of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey|
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|Date Added||Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 5:19pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 581685 N 4438378|
|Decimal Degrees||40.09173333, -74.04176667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 5.504', W 74° 2.506'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 5' 30.24" N, 74° 2' 30.36" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 559-599 Baltimore Ave, Point Pleasant Beach NJ 08742, US|
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