WATERTOWN, NY, USA U.S. Army SFC, HHC, 3D COMBAT SUPPORT BATTALION, TF BAGHDAD, FORT STEWART, GA RUSTAMIYAH, IRAQ 10/26/2005
Sergeant First Class Ramon A. AcevedoAponte, 51, was born October 30, 1953 in Penuelas, Puerto Rico. He lived in Watertown, New York was the eighth one of ten sons. He was a father who loved his children. He was a champion of chess and had studied engineering in the University Enclosure of Mayagüez.
He was assigned to the 3rd Forward Support Battalion, Division Support Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia.
AcevedoAponte was a 23-year Army veteran. He took part in the invasions in Granada in 1983, and Panama in 1989, the Gulf War in 1990 and was in Bosnia at the end of last decade. He was currently serving his third activation in Iraq and been there approximately seven months.
He died Oct. 26, 2005 in Rustamiyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee. Burial is at Cementerio Nuevo de Peñuelas in Penuelas, Puerto Rico.
Staff Sergeant Bobby Marlowe, who was with AcevedoAponte, or “Ace,” the day of the accident says, “There is not a day that goes by that I forget what happen. Ace was always like our mentor or father as we use to call him. He was a great person and even better solider. He did things that he didn’t have to do but did them to help out the team.”
Al LaPointe, SFC USA, Retired, of Athens, Georgia, recalls playing three games of chess at Camp New York. “He was the first soldier I played who ever beat me-and he beat me two games out of three. He loved the Sicilian Defense. I looked forward to playing him again very much. I am very saddened by his passing. Rest in peace, my friend.”