Marine Nominated for Ranger Hall of Fame
LtCol Stanley Wawrzyniak, USMC (Ret), was officially nominated for induction into the U.S. Army's Ranger Hall of Fame in May. Wawrzyniak enlisted in the Navy during World War II. In 1946, 3 days after his discharge from the Navy, he enlisted in the Marine Corps.
During a career that spanned 35 years and three wars, Wawrzyniak earned two Navy Crosses, a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and four Purple Hearts. Between the Korean and Vietnam Wars he served with 2d Force Reconnaissance Company where he attended Army Airborne School (Iron Mike Award for Outstanding Leadership), Army Ranger School (distinguished honor graduate), and the U.S. Navy's SCUBA School.
Serving alongside Capt John Ripley in Vietnam, Wawrzyniak [as H&S 3/3 Bn XO] saw action in "Leatherneck Square" (the area of Dong Ha, Con Tien, Gio Linh) and the "Rockpile."
LtCol Wawrzyniak retired from the Marine Corps in 1979. He passed away in 1995.
[source: Marine Corps Gazette - July 2011]