Acuff, Earl Clyde, BG

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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


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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
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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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   1950-1953, 1542, 7th Infantry Division

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7th Infantry Division

Murphy, Eugene, COL, (1942-1970) IN 1542 Colonel
Faith, Don Carlos, LTC, (1941-1950) IN 1542 Lieutenant Colonel
McDaniel, William Thomas, LTC, (1941-1950) IN 1542 Major
Casey, Hugh Boyd, MAJ, (1943-1952) IN 1542 Captain
Marr, Samuel Auburn, CPT, (1938-1950) IN 1542 Captain
Scullion, Edward, CPT, (1939-1950) IN 1542 Captain
Vahlsing, William Frederick, 1LT, (1950-1953) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Wainwright, John Kelly, 1LT, (1943-1951) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Baltz, Robert Lee, 2LT, (1950-1952) IN 1542 Second Lieutenant
Butler, Charles Lewis, LTC, (1946-1972) IN 1542 Second Lieutenant
Foster, George Everett, 2LT, (1950-1950) IN 1542 Second Lieutenant
Grimm, Philip, COL, (1944-1974) IN 1542 Second Lieutenant
Barr, David, MG, (1917-1952) USA 00GC Major General
Ferenbaugh, Claude Birkett, LTG, (1918-1958) USA 00GC Major General
McGarr, Lionel Charles, LTG, (1928-1962) USA 00GC Major General
Smith, Wayne, MG, (1920-1957) USA 00G8 Major General
Hodes, Henry, GEN, (1920-1959) USA 00GD Brigadier General
Atchley, Oren, LTC, (1940-1950) MD 3100 Lieutenant Colonel
Hampton, Henry John, LTC, (1940-1950) AG 2162 Lieutenant Colonel
Ballard, Clarence Commodore, CPT, (1941-1950) AD 1174 Captain
Kennedy, Robert, LTC, (1941-1972) AR 1203 Captain
Cox, Malcolm Robert, 1LT, (1946-1951) FA 1154 First Lieutenant
Baxter, Louis Michael, SFC, (1950-1953) FA 1844 Sergeant First Class
Boynton, Charles, SFC, (1942-1965) OD 635.10 Sergeant First Class
Handschumacher, Robert, MSG, (1949-1969) IN 1745 Sergeant First Class
Head, Roy Earl, M/Sgt, (1942-1951) FA 3844 Sergeant First Class
Ketchum, Rufus Loyd, SFC, (1945-1950) MD 3666 Sergeant First Class
Reager, Robert, SFC, (1950-1950) IN 111.10 Sergeant First Class
Valdez, Ernest, SFC, (1947-1952) AR 1795 Sergeant First Class
Valentine, Nicholas John, SFC, (1950-1953) FA 3705 Sergeant First Class
Vanata, Leonard J., SFC, (1948-1951) IN 1745 Sergeant First Class
Whitaker, Charles Eugene, SFC, (1945-1952) IN 1745 Sergeant First Class
Wustrack, David Herman, SFC, (1951-1954) EN 3729 Sergeant First Class
Johnson, Donald, SSG, (1948-1961) QM 5832 Staff Sergeant
Kostyal, Edward, Pvt, (1949-1953) IN 4745 Private (E-2)
Layton, Robert, M/Sgt, (1943-1950) IN 1745 Master Sergeant
Lindquist, Carl Harold, M/Sgt, (1941-1953) IN 1745 Master Sergeant
Wagers, Joseph Pinckney, M/Sgt, (1942-1953) IN 1745 Master Sergeant
Halbert, Douglas, S/Sgt, (1951-1954) MD 3858 Staff Sergeant
Ingman, Einar Harold, S/Sgt, (1948-1951) IN 4745 Staff Sergeant
Tate, Robert, SSG, (1949-1968) IN 4814 Staff Sergeant
Thompson, Christopher, SSG, (1951-1959) IN 1745 Staff Sergeant
Campbell, James Lawrence, Sgt, (1950-1953) IN 4745 Sergeant
Curtis, Harold Lee, Sgt, (1950-1951) IN 4745 Sergeant
Dakin, Robert Campbell, Sgt, (1949-1953) IN 111.10 Sergeant
Flack, Cameron Morrison, Sgt, (1949-1950) IN 111.10 Sergeant
Jackson, Floyd James Robert, Sgt, (1950-1951) IN 111.10 Sergeant
Keeton, Bailey, Sgt, (1950-1953) IN 4745 Sergeant
Martin, James Edward, Sgt, (1950-1953) IN 4745 Sergeant
McKinney, Julius Ellis, Sgt, (1950-1954) IN 4812 Sergeant
Meckley, Wilson, Sgt, (1950-1953) IN 4745 Sergeant
Pitman, Arnold, Sgt, (1950-1953) IN 111.10 Sergeant
Powell, Raymond, Sgt, (1951-1956) EN 1729 Sergeant
Sanchez, Gilberto Lopez, Sgt, (1950-1953) MD 4123 Sergeant
Scott, William Alexander, SFC, (1947-1967) IN 1745 Sergeant
Sharp, James Walter, Sgt, (1950-1953) SC 4641 Sergeant
Shepard, Ollie Edward, Sgt, (1950-1953) IN 4745 Sergeant
Valle, Mario Frausto, Sgt, (1950-1952) MD 3666 Sergeant
Van Saders, Samuel, Sgt, (1953-1954) IN 1745 Sergeant

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