Casemate author, Robert L. Tonsetic, was one of ten Army Rangers inducted into the US Army Ranger Hall of Fame in a ceremony on July 16, 2014, at Fort Benning, GA. Tonsetic a retired US Army Colonel is the author of Days of Valor: An Inside Account of the Bloodiest Six Months of the Vietnam War, Forsaken Warriors: The Story of an American Advisor with the South Vietnamese Rangers and Airborne, 1781: The Decisive Year of the Revolutionary War, and Special Operations in the American Revolution.
The Ranger Hall of Fame was formed to honor and preserve the spirit and contributions of America’s most extraordinary Rangers. Each nominee was subjected to the scrutiny of the Selection Board to ensure the most extraordinary contributions are acknowledged. Each selectee must have served in a Ranger unit in combat or be a successful graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School. Tonsetic joins the ranks of such luminaries as Captain Benjamin Church, Major Robert Rogers, Captain Nathan Hale and Generals William O. Darby, James E. Rudder, and Colin Powell, all of whom distinguished themselves in Ranger history.
Each inductee is presented with an engraved, specially cast bronze Ranger Hall of Fame medallion suspended from a red, white and blue ribbon. The medal signifies selfless service, excellence and remarkable accomplishment in the defense of the nation and to the highest ideals of service.