In memoriam

We salute the fallen men of the 1st Ranger Battalion, who have died serving our country. You will not be forgotten.
It has been said, that "a man never dies when his name remains spoken." We wish to keep these heroes memories alive and ensure that their sacrifice will never be forgotten. Therefore we created this space to tell each Ranger's story in a unique and more complete way. We know that these men were great Rangers, but they were also amazing fathers, sons, and brothers. Those stories should be told. Consequently, if you have a memory, photo or short story your wish to share about one of these warriors, please send an email and we can incorporate it into his page.

Specialist Joseph Whiting Dimock, II

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, July 12, 2010)—A U.S. Army Ranger was killed during an inventory of ammunition while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Ranger was assigned to Company E, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

Spc. Joseph Whiting Dimock, II, 21, a native of Wildwood, Ill., was killed when an explosion occurred in an ammunition holding facility during an inventory. The explosion also injured another Ranger conducting the inspection.

Dimock, enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 2007. For nearly three years, he served as a rifleman in 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

“Ranger Dimock represented everything right with America. He was an incredibly talented young man, who volunteered to serve his nation in a time of war and ultimately gave his life in support of her cause,” said Lt. Col. Mike Foster, the 1st Ranger Battalion Commander.

“His loss is felt across the entire battalion and our thoughts and prayers are with the Dimock family.”

He was on his second deployment to Afghanistan. Previously he conducted a deployment to Iraq.

“Spc. Dimock was a warrior who chose a higher calling and deployed three times in support of the Nation. Joseph remains a hero to our Nation, the Army, and his family,” said Col. Michael Kurilla, Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment.

Dimock is survived by his parents, Joseph and Ellen Dimock and brothers Louis and Michael Dimock of Wildwood, Ill.

We salute the fallen men of the 1st Ranger Battalion, who have died serving our country. You will not be forgotten.