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This page is dedicated to the memory of
1st Lt. Leonard E. Fielder
Headquarters, Headquarters Detachment
5307 Composite Unit (Provisional)

These pages have been transcribed from the only known set of the original Special Order #3, from the 5307 Composite Regiment (Provisional), Dated: 5 January 1944. The 5307th was renamed the 5307 Composite Unit (Provisional) a few days later when General Frank D. Merrill took command of the unit. According to Army regulations a General cannot command a Regiment, so the 5307th was renamed a Unit. SO #3 is the orders transferring the original volunteers from the 3 separate travel and training Casual Detachments 1688A, 1688B, & 1688C into the newly named 5307 Composite Regiment (Provisional).

This is the first time since the unit was disbanded that a complete listing of the approximately three thousand volunteers for a "Dangerous and Hazardous Mission" has been located. Because the unit and the mission was Secret, and the fact that the unit would be operating completely behind the Japanese lines, record keeping was held to a minimum. Then most of the records that were kept were destroyed when a Japanese artillery shell blew up the pack mule along with the records it was carrying. Members of the Merrill's Marauders Association have searched the records in Washington for these orders, without finding them. The Association was able to gather about 70% - 80% of the names from bits and pieces of other orders and records.

This, the only known set of SO #3 became available thanks to the family of Marauder 1st Lt. Leonard E. Fielder, Headquarters, Headquarters Detachment, 5307 Composite Unit (Provisional). Thanks to the generosity of 1st Lt. Fielder's wife Josephine and son Brad, The Association now has a complete listing of the original members of the Merrill's Marauders.

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Note: This list contains only the names of the original volunteers that were transferred from 1688A, 1688B, & 1688C Casual Detachments, into the newly named 5307th Composite Regiment (Provisional). It also contains names of those that were deleted, before the 5307th Composite Regiment, was renamed the 5307th Composite Unit and before it left Ledo India. It doesn't contain the additional volunteers and muleskinners, that arrived before leaving Ledo India. The list does not contain any replacements that joined the Marauders near the end. Nor any names from units that joined the Marauders for the battle for the town of Myitkyina. Nor does it contain any names of men who joined the Marauders to form Mars Task Force or the 475th Infantry.

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