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Ceremony to honor US Rangers on Isle of Wight
A memorial will take place at Shanklin Chine to remember those American Rangers who trained their ahead of D-Day

Published on May 8, 2019

A memorial ceremony has been arranged to take place on Sunday May 19, 2019, at Shanklin Chine on the Isle of Wight, to commemorate US Rangers and UK soldiers who used the Chine for training purposes during World War II.

The Chine, a wooded ravine near the coast containing trees, vegetation, waterfalls and other natural features, was utilized by US Rangers and UK troops for training purposes ahead of D-Day landings. The Chine is also home to the famous PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) device, a pipe line which ran across the English Channel supplying troops after D-Day with petrol to continue their advance into France.

The memorial ceremony is being organized in conjunction with the Isle of Wight branch of the Royal Marines Association, and will commemorate both the island's role in D-Day preparations as well as the Dieppe Raid which took place in 1940 (Shanklin Chine was used by 40 Royal Marines in preparation for the Dieppe Raid).

At 1:30pm on May 19, a D-Day Exhibition at Shanklin Chine which includes the stories of US Rangers will be opened, whilst the Commemoration Service will take place at 3pm. A buffet at the Fisherman's Cottage at Shanklin Chine will follow the service.

If you would like to attend, contact Shanklin Chine for more information by going to their website - www.shanklinchine.co.uk, or call +44(0)1983 866432

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