Acuff, Earl Clyde, BG

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Last Rank
Brigadier General
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
00G3-Army General Officer (G3)
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1970-1980, 00G1, ROTC Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Cadre), HQ, US Army Cadet Command
Service Years
1941 - 1980


Brigadier General

Six Overseas Service Bars

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Acuff, Earl Clyde, BG USA(Ret).
Contact Info
Home Town
Whiteburg, Iowa
Last Address
Blacksburg, Virginia
Buried at Memorial Gardens of the New River Valley, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Date of Passing
Feb 13, 2013
Location of Interment
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 Official Badges 

Department of State Service Badge 1st Infantry Division 7th Infantry Division US Army Retired

Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007) Honorably Discharged WW II

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Military Figure, Athelete, Educator. Acuff was a Brigadier General, former commandant of cadets at Virginia Tech, racquetball champion, and last surviving member of Castner's Cutthroats. He began his Army career as an ROTC student on a football scholarship at the University of Idaho. After his first duty station at Fort Ord with the 82nd Airborne Division, the Lieutenant was deployed to the Aleutian Islands as an executive officer of the 1st Alaskan Combat Intelligence Platoon (Castner's Cutthroats). On a remote island for months without breaking radio silence, Acuff was presumed dead and a rescue mission ensued. "I was living like a king. I was diving for king crab and eating fresh seafood and fowl - wild ptarmigan, ducks and geese - for dinner. They told me not to break radio sound unless I saw a Japanese plane, so I didn't. When the Alaskan Scouts came to 'rescue' me, they started thinking that maybe they'd like to stay with me." After the war, Acuff was a bush pilot, big game guide, and teacher near Cook Inlet. He re-entered service in 1949 at the Army's request, teaching Arctic survival. During the Korea War, he fought with the 7th Infantry Divison at the Battle of Pork Chop Hill and the Battle of Old Baldy, earning a Purple Heart, a Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, a Bronze Star with four Oak Leaf Clusters and Valor Device, and his second Combat Infantryman Badge. In 1965, he was invited to evaluate the Ranger training program at Fort Benning, Georgia. At 47 years old, he became the (then) oldest soldier to graduate from United States Army Ranger School. In 1966, he received a Master's degree in International Studies from George Washington University and worked for the State Department on Latin American affairs. During the Vietnam War, Acuff served as Commander of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division and the Deputy Post Commander at the U. S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning. He began teaching military science at Virginia Tech in 1970, and was subsequently promoted to Brigadier General and became the Commandant of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets in 1974. In his later years, Acuff was an accomplished athelte. He was the winner of 25 U.S. national and world senior gold medals, including nine U.S. national singles titles. He won the men's 75+ doubles crown at the Ektelon 31st U.S. National Doubles Championships (his seventh national doubles championship), the 1998 men's 80+ world title, and three other world seniors crowns. He was named a member of the University of Idaho Sports Hall of Fame, the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, and the USRA Racquetball Hall of Fame.
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Combat Infantryman 3rd Award
Master Parachutist

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
82nd Airborne DivisionAlaskan Defense Command7th Infantry Division1st Battalion, 17th Infantry
Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GAState Department3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division1st Infantry Division
Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GAHQ, US Army Cadet Command
  1941-1942, 82nd Airborne Division
  1942-1945, Alaskan Defense Command
  1943-1945, 1st Alaskan Combat Intelligence Platoon (Provisional), Alaskan Defense Command
  1949-1950, Arctic Indoctrination School (Cadre), US Army Alaska (USARAK)
  1950-1953, 1542, 7th Infantry Division
  1952-1953, 1542, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry
  1965-1965, Ranger Training Brigade
  1966-1967, 1542, State Department
  1967-1968, 1542, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division
  1967-1968, 1542, 1st Infantry Division
  1968-1970, 1542, Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA
  1970-1980, 00G1, ROTC Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Cadre), HQ, US Army Cadet Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 WWII - American Theater
  1942-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Aleutian Islands Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 Aleutian Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Attu
  1943-1943 Aleutian Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Landing of Kiska Island 15 to 16 Aug 1943
  1950-1951 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
  1951-1952 Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952/1st Battle of Old Baldy
  1953-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)/Battle of Pork Chop Hill
  1953-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)/5th Battle of Old Baldy
  1953-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
University of IdahoGeorge Washington University
  1938-1942, University of Idaho
  1966-1966, George Washington University
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