Soldiers climb Mount McKinley in memory of rangers

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Posted: May 30, 2011 6:33 PM
Soldiers climb Mount McKinley in memory of rangers

Five Army Rangers stationed in Washington state have summited North America's highest mountain.

Army officials say the soldiers reached the 20,320-foot summit of Mount McKinley in Alaska Friday night, just in time to for the Memorial Day weekend.

The Rangers _ assigned to 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord _ made the climb in honor of the 11 Rangers from their regiment who have died in the line of duty. At McKinley's summit, the soldiers planted a flag from 2/75 with the names of the 11.

Regiment spokeswoman Tracy Bailey says the climbing team reached the summit in difficult conditions that led to the death Wednesday of two climbers on another team. She says the soldiers helped in the rescue of two other climbers at 17,000 feet.