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William Herman Acebes

August 29, 1945 ~ November 22, 2021 (age 76)


William (Bill) H. Acebes was born to Herman and Irene Acebes on 29 August 1945 and died on 22 November 2021, surrounded by family and friends.  

Bill served his country honorably for over thirty years; three years in the Republic of Viet Nam; in the Berlin Brigade during the height of the Cold War and participated in the rescue of American Medical Students on the Island of Grenada in October 1983.  

CSM Acebes was one of the original cadre of 1st Ranger Battalion, (Plankholders) Fort Stewart, Georgia, in 1974.  He served as Command Sergeant Major of 1/64 Armor, Command Sergeant Major of 1/75th Rangers, Command Sergeant Major of 2nd Infantry Division; and retired as the Command Sergeant Major of U.S. Army Infantry Center, Fort Benning, Georgia, on 1 June 1995.

He was a member of Order of St Maurice, Order of St George, Distinguished Member of the 75th Ranger Regiment Association, Distinguished Member of 503rd Infantry Regiment, and Distinguished Member of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade. Bill was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame in 2003 and was awarded the Doughboy Award in 2011.  He was a Member of the following Ranger organizations:  75th Ranger Regiment Association, United States Army Ranger Association, 1/75 Sua Sponte Foundation, 82ndAirborne Association and 173rd Airborne Brigade Association.

He is survived by his wife Brenda Acebes, his dog Daisy, several brothers in law and sisters in law; numerous nieces and nephews; several cousins, and the thousands of Army Rangers and their family members that he truly loved.  

In lieu of flowers, request donations be made to 1st Ranger Battalion Sua Sponte Foundation, PO Box 60281, Savannah, GA 31420; The Liberty Humane Shelter, 279 Briarwood Circle, Hinesville, GA 31313; or S.T.A.R.S. of Georgia (Save The Animals Rescue Society), at paypal starsgeorgia@yahoo.com; or a charity of your choice.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, 10 December at the 1/75 Ranger Memorial, Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Ga

Thomas L. Carter Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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