About

Darby's Warrior Support

Who We Are

Darby’s Warrior Support Inc. (DWS)-EIN# 46-5207131- is a domestic, IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation created on May 16, 2014, in the state of Arkansas.

In the closing days of a recent Arkansas duck season, four US Army Rangers freshly returned from combat in Afghanistan had just experienced a glorious morning duck hunting in Arkansas flooded timber.

As they sat around the breakfast table basking in the warm glow of the morning’s camaraderie and success, their thoughts turned toward their wounded comrades who couldn’t participate. Then a powerful idea surfaced.

One asked, “Might what we have just experienced in the flooded timber be a way to bring healing to our wounded Ranger buddies?” Then and there, and in the discussions that followed, Darby’s Warrior Support (DWS) was conceived.

The vision was simple: Using Southern hospitality, in the outdoor beauty of the Natural State, all within the lure of the great tradition of waterfowling, create a program to “Provide compassionate healing support to our nation’s combat-injured veterans.”

What We Do

The DWS Mission is to provide combat veterans of the 9/11 Generation free, all-inclusive Arkansas duck hunting in luxury accommodations, while also providing educational scholarship assistance for the severely wounded and permanently disabled veteran seeking a college degree.

Although all 9/11 generation combat veterans are eligible, the DWS' primary target population is US Army Rangers, the world’s most elite infantry force.

Rangers are role model Soldiers – mentally, morally, and physically – who use their minds as well as bodies to make sound judgments, reasoned decisions, and ultimately, to never quit. Rangers demonstrate discipline both on and off duty, and their Regimental standards are enduring.

DWS shares and operates by the Ranger values. We are professionals serving professionals. Our motto, borrowed from the Ranger Creed, is “Never shall I fail my comrades.” To understand what makes Rangers unique is to understand the uniqueness of DWS.

The Arkansas values of rugged individualism, hard work, patriotism and love of the outdoors makes the Natural State the perfect location for DWS. These Arkansas values make it possible for DWS to operate almost totally with volunteers and without paid staff.


Our Mission

DWS provides combat veterans of the 9-11 Generation free, all-inclusive Arkansas duck hunting in luxury accommodations plus educational scholarship assistance for the severely wounded and permanently disabled veteran seeking a college degree.

Why A New Name?

The organization formerly known as the Operation Wounded Warrior Support (OWWS), has recently been through a brand change. With a new brand for the organization comes a new name. OWWS will now be called Darby’s Warrior Support (DWS). Our organization was in need of a new name for several reasons.

Confusion was one of the main reasons for a new name. Operation Wounded Warrior Support is an Arkansas-based organization that commonly was confused with the national organization, Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). Even though our organization and the Wounded Warrior Project have similar goals, we would like to stand out of the shadow of WWP. Also, having such a similar name to a national organization creates the threat of a lawsuit. Having a unique name will let us shine as our own organization and will also carry no threat of legal issues in the future.

The title of our organization should reflect what we do. Our organization does not use “wounded warriors” as a marketing tool. Since we do not use this phrase as a marketing tool, having the phrase in the title does not make sense. We are Arkansas based, led focused and governed.

Since we are so proud of being from Arkansas, our name should show that, but also have something to relate to the fact that we bring warriors from all across the nation to the Natural State.

The name Darby’s Warrior Support tells our story in just a few words. Colonel William O. Darby is an Arkansas native who is known for his excellent leadership roles in combat and is known for the organization of the First Ranger Battalion during World War II. Having a respected Arkansan’s name such as Darby automatically associates the Natural State with our organization.

Who Is Darby?

William Orlando Darby was an Arkansas native born in western Arkansas who is known for the organization of the First Ranger Battalion during World War II. Darby started his military career at West Point Military Academy in 1929 after graduating from Fort Smith Senior High School. At West Point, he served as a cadet company commander. In 1933 Darby graduated from West Point and was commissioned as a second lieutenant and was assigned to the first Battalion, Eight-second Field Artillery of the First Cavalry.

Quickly after the Pearl Harbor bombing, Darby was assigned as an aide-de-camp and deployed to Northern Ireland in early 1942. Darby was then chosen to organize and train a new commando unit. Darby was promoted to major and the First United States Army Ranger Battalion took place in July of 1942. After the North Africa Invasion and many successful night attacks, the First, Third and Fourth Ranger battalions invaded Sicily a year later in 1943. In January of 1944, the First and Third battalions suffered the loss of many Rangers and combined to become the First Special Service Force. The Fourth Battalion also lost many warriors and afterwards made up the ranger force.

Darby was then reassigned to lead the 179th Infantry Regiment, Forty-fifth Division in February of 1944. Shortly after organizing the broken regiment, Darby was needed back in the United States where he served as a section of chief of the General Staff’s War Plans Division at the Pentagon. Darby served 11 months in this position and then returned overseas on a tour of the European theater in 1945. After receiving command, Darby led the Tenth Mounted Division in the advance on Lake Garda. During the process of planning for the coming day’s battles, a German shell exploded near Darby’s location where a piece of shrapnel hit him. Minutes later, Darby passed away. Just a couple of days later, German forces in Italy surrendered. After his heroic death, Darby was promoted to brigadier general on May 15, 1945. Darby was a brave warrior or who gave up so much to fight for his country. Darby is a name we feel is representative to our organization because this Arkansas native not only fought for his country, but fought for the warriors he trained. We want to do the same for the warriors we support through our organization, Darby’s Warrior Support.



What sets DWS apart from other organizations serving veterans?

The Natural State is the only focus for DWS. We are transparent and professional in all that we say and do. The DWS business model for long-term sustainment is built on volunteers not salaries. We are led and governed by Arkansans. And the generosity of our many donors has enabled us to serve those who’ve bravely served.

DWS shares and operates by the Ranger values. We are professionals serving professionals. Our motto, borrowed from the Ranger Creed, is, "Never shall I fail my comrades." Rangers are role model Soldiers – mentally, morally, and physically – who use their minds as well as bodies to make sound judgments, reasoned decisions and ultimately, to never quit. Rangers demonstrate discipline both on and off duty, and their Regimental standards are enduring. To understand what makes Rangers unique is to understand the uniqueness of DWS.

The Arkansas values of rugged individualism, hard work, patriotism and love of the outdoors makes the Natural State the perfect location for DWS. These Arkansas values make it possible for DWWS to operate almost totally with volunteers and without paid staff.


Our Vision

To provide compassionate support for our nation’s combat veterans.

Darby's Warrior Support offers high-quality duck hunting trips in Arkansas, with meals, hunting, professional guides, equipment, transportation and lodging provided for our soldiers.

All of this is due to generous companies and individuals in Arkansas and all over who want to just say THANKS to these brave individuals who fight for our freedom.

Our Leaders Guide Our Future

Colonel Shawn L. Daniel, the DWS President, graduated from Little Rock Catholic High in 1987 and West Point Military Academy in 1993 where he was the First Captain of the Corps of Cadets. As a captain, Daniel led a Ranger Rifle Company in a night combat parachute assault into Afghanistan on October 19, 2001.

Daniel most recently served as the Operations Officer for Special Operations Joint Task Force in Afghanistan 2015-16. Other recent assignments include Executive Officer of the 75th Ranger regiment and command of an Airborne Infantry Battalion in Afghanistan. He recently completed a US Army War College Fellowship at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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We have been able to sustain a program that covers all Soldier expenses other than a hunting license and duck stamps. Only through your continued support will we be able to sustain this effort.

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