Acuff, Earl Clyde, BG

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Brigadier General
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
003-Commander
Last MOS Group
Signal Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1980, 00G1, ROTC Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Cadre)
Service Years
1942 - 1980

Infantry


Ranger
Brigadier General



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Home State
Iowa
Iowa
Year of Birth
1918
 
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
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Unknown

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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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   1942-1943, 82nd Airborne Division/HHC

Second Lieutenant
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82nd Airborne Division/HHC
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82nd Airborne Division
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51 Members Also There at Same Time
HHC

Miley, William M., MG, (1918-1955) IN 1542 Brigadier General
Sanford, Teddy, MG, (1923-1967) IN 1542 Major
Bush, William Douglas, 1LT, (1942-1951) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Alexander, Boyd Allen, 2LT, (1943-1944) IN 1542 Second Lieutenant
Bradley, Omar, GA, (1915-1981) USA 00GC Major General
Gavin, James Maurice, LTG, (1924-1958) USA 00GC Major General
Ridgway, Matthew Bunker, GEN, (1917-1955) USA 00GC Major General
Gavin, James Maurice, LTG, (1924-1958) FA 1193 Brigadier General
Fulmer, Edward Simons, 2LT, (1941-1945) AV AAF MOS 775 Second Lieutenant
Adcock, Thomas A., 1st Sgt, (1940-1943) FA First Sergeant
Stewart, Paul Leo, SFC, (1944-1967) IN 745 Technical Sergeant
Alamo, Gabriel Ralph, MSG, (1940-1964) IN 745 Staff Sergeant
Boswell, Henry, MAJ, (1940-1963) IN 11B40 Staff Sergeant
Gasiorek, Walter W, S/Sgt, (1942-1945) IN 745 Staff Sergeant
Lehrschall, Robert, Sgt, (1941-1945) IN 745 Sergeant
Ollum, Clarence, Sgt, (1942-1945) IN 745 Sergeant
Spiker, Delmont Mathias, Sgt, (1942-1944) IN 745 Sergeant
Warner, Guy R., Sgt, (1942-1943) EN 729 Sergeant
Murphy, Daniel Ford, T/4, (1942-1945) OD 802 Technician Fourth Grade
Avants, James, Cpl, (1941-1945) AV 620 Corporal
Hansen, Leslie H., Cpl, (1942-1944) FA Corporal
Woodland, Bernard T., Cpl, (1942-1944) IN 745 Corporal
Devilder, William Frank, T/5, (1943-1946) MD 855 Technician Fifth Grade
Longest, Willard, T/5, (1942-1945) TC 345 Technician Fifth Grade
Havran, George, PFC, (1942-1944) IN 745 Private First Class
Kearns, William Lee, PFC, (1942-1944) IN 745 Private First Class
Kovach, Andy Francis Jr., PFC, (1942-1945) FA 844 Private First Class
Stewart Jr, Ora, PFC, (1943-1945) IN 521 Private First Class
Warner, Robert F, PFC, (1942-1946) IN 745 Private First Class
Addison, Donald E., Pvt, (1943-1944) IN 745 Private
Davis, Richard R., Pvt, (1940-1944) IN 745 Private
Ratlief, Theodore S., Pvt, (1942-1944) FA 844 Private
Roberts, Eugene F., Pvt, (1940-1945) IN 745 Private
Simons, Edsel W., Pvt, (1942-1946) AD 601 Private
Stoneking, Thomas Everette, Pvt, (1943-1944) IN 745 Private
Wright, Robert, Pvt, (1940-1946) MS 3506 Private
Keerans, Charles Leslie Jr., BG, (1919-1943) Brigadier General
Ridgway, Matthew Bunker, GEN, (1917-1955) Brigadier General
Swing, Joseph May, LTG, (1915-1954) Brigadier General
Taylor, Maxwell Davenport, GEN, (1922-1964) Colonel
Faith, Don Carlos, LTC, (1941-1950) 2030 Lieutenant Colonel
Vandervoort, Benjamin Hayes, LTC, (1937-1946) Lieutenant Colonel
Barker, Alexander C, MAJ, (1941-1945) Major
Norton, John, LTG, (1935-1975) Captain
Sanford, Teddy, MG, (1923-1967) Captain
Bond, William Ross, BG, (1940-1970) First Lieutenant
Fitzgerald, Benjamin Lee, 1LT, (1942-1943) First Lieutenant
Hamblin, Paul W., COL, (1943-1971) First Lieutenant
Meyers, Francis Joseph Jr., LTC, (1941-1968) First Lieutenant
Middleton, Martin, COL Second Lieutenant
Shields, Robert, 2LT, (1942-1946) Sergeant
Windom, William, T/5, (1943-1946) Technician Fifth Grade
82nd Airborne Division

Paczkowski, Joseph, PFC, (1942-1944) IN 111.0 Private First Class

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