By Richard Zowie —
For nearly 12 weeks, with only two half days off, Jim Broyles averaged one hour of sleep a day.
His superiors gave him one meal a day. If he was still hungry, he subsisted on whatever was available — snakes, lizards, grub worms or insects.
“Anything you could catch,” he said. “If it moved and crawled, you’d probably try to eat it.”
While hungry, thirsty and exhausted, Broyles moved around, set up ambushes and planned reconnaissance routes.
The U.S. Army did this not to punish Broyles, but to test him to see if he could still function as a soldier and lead despite sleep deprivation, hunger and stress.
For his service as a ranger, Broyles will be inducted June 24 into the Ranger Hall of Fame in Fort Benning, Georgia.
With his induction into the hall of fame, Broyles will join David L. Grange, his platoon leader in Vietnam. Grange is also enshrined.