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Today in World War II History—December 6, 1939 & 1944

Lt. Col. James Earl Rudder, commander of US 2nd Ranger Battalion, on Pointe du Hoc in Normandy, 7 June 1944 (Texas A&M Cushing Library)

Lt. Col. James Earl Rudder, commander of US 2nd Ranger Battalion, on Pointe du Hoc in Normandy, 7 June 1944 (Texas A&M Cushing Library)

80 Years Ago—December 6, 1939: Musical Du Barry Was a Lady premieres on Broadway, featuring hit songs “Give Him the Ooh-La-La” and “Well, Did You Evah!”

75 Years Ago—Dec. 6, 1944: Col. James Earl Rudder leaves command of the legendary US 2nd Ranger Battalion, which had taken Pointe du Hoc on D-day, and takes command of the 109th Infantry Regiment.

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