U.S. Army Rangers resting in the vicinity of Pointe du Hoc, which they assaulted in support of "Omaha" Beach landings on "D-Day," June 6, 1944. (Public domain)

Editor's Note: This article by Richard Sisk originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

For one veteran who fought through the crossfires of German heavy machine guns in the D-Day landings, receiving a Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of his service and that of his World War II comrades would be "quite meaningful."

Bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to award the Army Rangers of World War II the medal, the highest civilian award bestowed by the United States, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan security units backed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have carried out extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, indiscriminate air strikes and other rights abuses and should be disbanded, a rights group said on Thursday.

Human Rights Watch said it investigated 14 cases in which CIA-backed Afghan counterinsurgency forces committed serious abuses in Afghanistan between late 2017 and mid-2019.

"They are illustrative of a larger pattern of serious laws-of-war violations — some amounting to war crimes — that extends to all provinces in Afghanistan where these paramilitary forces operate with impunity," the group said in a report.

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A little after 3 p.m. on Thursday a plane landed at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. Passengers were asked to wait on board as a sign of respect while a service member's remains were unloaded.

Draped in an American flag, the casket carrying the remains of 20-year-old PFC Austin Stump, an Army Ranger and a 2017 graduate of Manatee High School, was rolled off the plane and into the waiting hands of an Army Honor Guard detail.

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U.S. Army/Patrick Albright, Maneuver Center of Excellence

An Air Force officer became the first female airman to earn the Ranger tab last week, joining a growing group of women who have completed the Army's legendary combat leadership course.

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(U.S. Army photo)

A new report has confirmed that an Army Ranger's death during a raid in Afghanistan last November was due to friendly fire from an elite Afghan commando unit.

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(U.S. Army/Sgt. Austin Berner)

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. -- No one close to him knows exactly how Sgt. 1st Class Wilton "Pappy" White was removed from the Ranger Hall of Fame, which honors the best of the elite U.S. Army Rangers.

There was, however, enough question about his mysterious removal nearly 20 years ago that the work of fellow Rangers and others in the intervening years got White reinstated to the Hall of Fame earlier this month, in ceremonies at Fort Benning, Georgia.

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