Giles, Ronald E. (, SFC

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2004-2006, 35X, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
Service Years
1965 - 2007
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
Cold War Certificate
Order of the Spur

Sergeant First Class


Seven Service Stripes



Six Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Hackensack, NJ
Last Address
216 Williams Ave.
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

Date of Passing
Dec 21, 2016
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Post-2007) 25th Infantry Division


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Order of The Spur


 Tributes from Members  
Obituary for SFC Ronald Giles posted by Short, Diane (TWS Chief Admin) 812 
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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Rifle
Pistol
Military Intell

 
 Unit Assignments
25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry RegimentDefense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
  1966-1966, 11B10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1966-1967, 11B10, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment/A Troop
  2004-2006, 35X, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  May 29, 2013, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Acting and Singing.  Is an active member of the SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association.  Started acting career in 1968, playing mostly character roles in OOB, Regional, Stock, Community & College theater productions.  He studied with William Hickey, Alice Spivak and Kathryn Sergava at the famed Herbert Berghof Studio in New York City, from 1968 to 1969.  He temporarily retired from acting in 1988, however, now he has resumed that career and has added singing to his repotoire as a full-time career.   In his spare time, Ronnie works as a volunteer Tour Guide at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdell, NJ, and is in a wonderful relationship with his childhood sweetheart, Caroline.  To keep himself "grounded in reality," he still hangs out with many of his same friends he's had since his childhood.
   
Other Comments:
Ronnie is the son of blue collar parents Henry Eaton Giles and Dolores (Arguello) Giles.  He was the third of five children with an ethnic heritage of English-Irish, Native American, Mexican and Eastern Europen.  He was raised in Lodi, NJ, from where he graduated High School in 1965.  After graduating, Vietnam was starting to heat up, but, being only 17, he figured that he wouldn't be drafted for at least a year or two. That is not what turned out though.  Instead, Ronnie got in a little trouble, the kind that, at the time, gave you a choice of either the Army or Jail time.  He says that was a no-brainer.  So, into the army he went. Compared to the road he was going down, he says joining the Army probably saved his life!  Of course, he didn't know that within months of his joining, he would face death at least five times that he can remember.  He became an Infantryman, serving in Vietnam as an Armored Personnel Carrier Driver, Ammo/Radioman, & Tunnel Rat with A Troop, 3/4 Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division.  Was discharged in 1968, however, Re-enlisted in 1988 and served alternately with the New Jersey and Idaho National Guard.  In 1996, he transferred to the full-time Army Reservebased out of Staten Island, New York.  For the next ten years, he worked in a wide vaiety of assignments, including Human Resorces Administration, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Transportaion, Waste, Fraud and Abuse and Equal Opportunity.  Post 9/11 he simultaniously worked in assignments with local, state and federal Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC, and attained the rank of Sergeant First Class/E-7.  After an Army career spanning some four decades, he retired from the military having reached his mandatory retirement age of 60 on November 13, 2007.
Interesting Tidbits
Ronnie met Entertainer Wayne Newton at a 1966 USO Show.  Thirty-seven years later, in 2003 and now serving as a SFC in the Middle East, he met the Entertainer again at another USO Show.  This time he was asked by Wayne Newton to join him on the stage to sing "God Bless America" at the close of the show.

Ronnie has appeared (to date) in 14 feature films, and in over 50 Student/Short/Independent films produced by New York, Hoffstra, Wesleyan, Fairfield, Drexel and Columbia Universities, Ithica College Film Scool, The New York Film Academy, Brooklyn College/PBS, the NYC Scool Of Visual Arts, Sarah Lawrence College and the late John Steele in a variety of leading & supporting character roles.

He is a distant relative of character actor Leo Carrillo.

Ronnie's hero is his Father, Henry Eaton Giles.  His Father's name appears on the wall of The Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.
   
 Military Association Memberships
25th Infantry Division AssociationChapter 800Post 4591, Hasbrouck Heights Memorial PostChapter 15
  2013, 25th Infantry Division Association
  2013, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Chapter 800 (Life Member) (Little Ferry, New Jersey) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2013, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 4591, Hasbrouck Heights Memorial Post (Member) (Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2013, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 15 (Member) (Hasbrouck Hts, New Jersey) - Chap. Page
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