Charles Acton, 80, left this life on May 11, 2019 in Melbourne Florida after a lengthy battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, a result of his exposure to agent orange and toxic chemicals while serving in Vietnam.
Charlie was born In McBaine, Missouri on Nov 21, 1938. He entered the UNITED STATES AIR FORCE on 21 Nov 1956. His career began during the Cold War era in the Air Force Security Service where the "silent warrior crews" flew missions over Russia and the Eastern Bloc Countries, a program declassified in 1996. A replica of the modified C-130 is now on display in Laurel Maryland. His assignments during his time in the USAF were to San Antonio Tx, Goodfellow AFB TX, Misawa Japan, Bremerhaven Germany, Rhein Main Germany, Karamursel and Adana Turkey. He started a second career in Communication in 1963. These military assignments took him to Travis AFB Calif, Biloxi MS, Da Nang AFB Viet-Nam, Zaragoza AFB Spain, and Homestead AFB Florida. He retired from the USAF on 31 Jan 1980 as a MSgt.
His military medals include: Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Non Commissioned Officer Academy Graduate Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Loop, Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Device, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Outstanding Unit Award, and The Air Force Good Conduct Medal with four Leaf Clusters.
He began his civilian career in Communication Management at Digital Computer Corporation, Maynard Mass on 1 Feb 1980. In late 1981 he entered government Civil Service at Homestead AFB as Communications Plans and Program Manager. He was responsible for all the classified communication operations at the USAF Conference Center. In addition, Charlie held the position of Presidential Communication Support for Air Force One and Air Force Two at Homestead AFB, Miami, and the Keys. Charlie remained in this position until 24 Aug 1992 when Hurricane Andrew destroyed Homestead AFB. Charlie was then selected as the Manager of the European Communication Contract Division at the 86th USAF Communications Headquarters Europe, Ramstein AFB Germany. He managed contracts for Allied Forces in Western European countries, and the United States Air Force as well as local governments. In 1998 he accepted the position as the MEO (Most Efficient Operation) Chief at Patrick AFB. In March of 2003 Charlie retired from Civil Service as a GS13. In all, Charlie served the United State of America a total of 46 and a half years. Immediately following his retirement from civil service.
Charlie was offered a job with Northrop Grumman as the Information Management Director at Cape Canaveral AFS, FL. Charlie managed the Communication Divisions between NASA, Cape Canaveral and Patrick Air Force Base. He retired from this position in Sept of 2008.
Charlie enjoyed golfing with his friends all over the world. He especially enjoyed playing golf in Palm Springs California, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach. Weekend golf and tournaments with his friends were a must in his life.
He is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years, Edith Acton, whom he met while stationed in Germany, a daughter Vivian Negron, MSgt USAF (Ret.) and son-in-law Abraham Negron Chief, USAF (Ret). His brothers William Acton (Charlotte), Joseph Acton (Della,) his sisters Lozetta Acton, Mary Gibson and Leona Jones and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, the full love and total pride of his life, Internal Doctor of Medicine, Mindy Lynn Stephenson Capt. USAF, and his parents Kenneth and Louise Acton, and brother Frank Acton.
A private graveside Service will be held at the Cape Canaveral Florida National Cemetery. You may sign Charlie's guest book at www.beckmanwilliamson.com
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