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Ranger battalion to honor one of its own
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The Rangers will be descending upon Effingham County’s Tuckasee King Landing next month.

The 1/75 Ranger Battalion, stationed at Hunter Army Airfield, will be holding a fishing tournament at Tuckasee King on May 14

“We are trying to raise money for the Sua Sponte Foundation, which is a foundation that helps some of our Rangers and their families in times of crisis,” said Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Chisom of the 1/75 Rangers.

The Sua Sponte Foundation also helped build a memorial in the company area, Chisom said.

The event will be the first Alessandro Plutino Savannah River Run, in honor of the late Sgt. Alessandro Plutino, killed in action in 2011.

Plutino was killed during a heavy firefight with enemy forces in Paktiya Province, Afghanistan. A New Jersey native, Plutino enlisted in the Army in August 2006. He was a team leader with B Company, 1/75 Rangers and was on his sixth deployment. He had been to Afghanistan twice before and been deployed to Iraq three times.

Since 9/11, 17 Rangers from Hunter have been killed in action. The other Ranger battatlions are at Fort Benning and Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.

The event will be held from 5 a.m.-5 p.m. and will be a team competition, with two-man teams. Entry fee is $100. The best five bass will be weighed.