William D. “Bill” Georgia

Bill Georgia was born in Ithaca, New York on February 12, 1931 to Kenneth and Dorothy Georgia, and along with his adored younger sister Phyllis (Georgia) Van Allen lived at 1113 Elmira Road, Newfield, NY.
Bill graduated from Newfield Central High School and was a star athlete, lettering in football, baseball and basketball.
After graduation, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army where he earned the prestigious U.S. Army Ranger tab. In 1951, Ranger Georgia was assigned to the 5th Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne), Korea. The 5th Ranger Company was attached to the 25th Infantry Division. The company was used primarily as assault infantry but it also performed patrolling and raiding missions as well. The 5th Ranger Company participated in three campaigns of the Korean War, the First UN Counteroffensive, the CCF Spring Offensive and the UN Summer-Fall Offensive, sustaining 11 killed and 67 wounded out of a company of 107. For its Korean service the 5th Ranger Company was awarded a Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. Ranger Georgia was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star for valor during the Korean Conflict. In January 1968, Bill was combat deployed again to the Republic of Vietnam where he served as a Combat Signal Company Commander with the 560th Signal Battalion, Long Binh until redeploying stateside in January 1969.
In 1952, Bill met his future bride Virginia Cima at the roller rink in Ithaca, NY, and for almost 65 years they traveled and lived around the world making memories in places like Ft. Monmouth, NJ.; Guam; Vicenza, Italy; Bangkok, Thailand; Ft. Campbell, KY.; Ft. Benning, GA.; Ft. Hood, TX., Marietta, GA., Hilton Head Island, SC.; Littleton, CO.; Bloomingdale, IL.; Woodstock, GA.; and North Port, FL.
He was very proud of his four children and their spouses, Dale (Jamie) of Fayetteville; Bill; Barbara (Tom); and Bruce (Andi); and always cherished the times spent together. Papa Georgia was also a huge influence on his grandchildren, Harris (Tiffany), Fayetteville; Megan; Will (Lauren) Senoia; Zack; Evan; Alessandra; and Jessamyn. He ensured he was present for all of their important events as they became young adults. Bill was also blessed with nine great-grandchildren, Ryleigh, Zoe, Grayson, Levi, Mckinley, Brynlee, Stella, Addison and Granger.
With over 20 years of distinguished military service, Bill’s awards and decorations included the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2d Award), Good Conduct Medal, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge, Glider Badge, Army Occupation Medal (Japan), United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, 2 Oversea Service Bars, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal w/1 Silver Star and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 device.
Bill was also active in retirement life, where he served as SE Regional Director, Ranger Infantry Companies Association (Korean War), Co-Chair, in charge of arrangements for the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Airborne Rangers, and President of Sabal Trace Home Owner Association, North Port, FL.
Bill passed away on May 28th, 2018 at the age of 87. In reflection, his passing on National Memorial Day with his family by his side was a fitting tribute of his proud, selfless military service to his country. Bill and Virginia would celebrate their 65th Wedding Anniversary in August, and without doubt, they would dance to “Moon River”. We all love you and will cherish the lasting legacy you leave behind! His final resting place will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
The family asks for donations to be directed, in Bill Georgia’s honor, to Armed Forces Mission, Tyrone, GA. www.armedforcesmission.givingfuel.com
“Rangers Lead the Way”…