About the Long Range Desert Group Preservation Society

The LRDG Preservation Society was originated by Jack Valenti; chief historian, coordinator of equipment, artifact procurement and show organizer, back in 1992. He enlisted his long-time friend Rick Butler as chief fitter to build an historically correct 1942 Chevrolet 30 cwt LRDG patrol truck as a focal point for their activities.

This vehicle, along with an LRDG jeep acquired in 2003, is displayed every year at numerous events in California, Oregon, Nevada and the state of Washington, staffed by LRDG-clad volunteers. At these events information is provided to anyone wishing to know about the unit and its activities during World War II.

The Society, now open to membership, survives through the efforts of its volunteers, who donate equipment, historical information, time and money. Life Membership is $100 and Annual Membership is $35 (January to December each year). Currently there are members from many of the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Membership in the organization earns substantial discounts on merchandise that the Society has for sale, including historical research books, LRDG-PS T-shirts, and reproduction LRDG shoulder flashes, cap badges and blazer badges.

The LRDG Preservation Society has had its own web site (see link below) up and running since 1996, providing historical information about the LRDG, a schedule of upcoming events – updated on a regular basis – biographies of LRDG personnel, and photos of attended events plus lots more.

Jack Valenti is in contact with many family members of LRDG personnel, helping and directing them to where they may find information about fathers or grandfathers who served in the unit.

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1 Nov 2010

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