Raymond Acosta

ACOSTA, Raymond passed away on March 13, 2012. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on August 17, 1931. Raymond loved life and lived it to the fullest. He graduated from the New York School of Printing in 1949 and enlisted in the United States Navy that same year. After completing Storekeeper School, he was stationed at the U.S. Naval Station, Guam. Raymond was temporarily assigned to the USS Stark County (LST-1134) during the Korean War and he participated in the landings at Inchon, Wonsan, and the withdrawal of the 1st Marine Division from Hungnam. He returned to Guam and in 1951 he transferred to the USS Bushnell (AS-15). After duty on the Bushnell he was transferred to the Navy Motion Picture Exchange in Brooklyn, NY. Between 1952 and 1961 he completed tours of duty at the US Naval Facility, Green Cove Springs, Florida, the USS Charles J. Badger (DD-675) and the Naval Security Group, Bremerhaven, Germany. While in Bremerhaven he entered Naval Intelligence and was transferred to Rota, Spain. He spent his final years on active duty with Naval Intelligence at the U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He retired from the U.S. Navy with the rank of Chief Storekeeper in 1969. After service in the Navy he served with the Federal Government in the Department of the Navy, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Central Intelligence Agency. He leaves behind his three loving children and their spouses, Jeffrey Acosta and his wife Celeste, Keith Acosta and his wife Mary, and Gabrielle Christine Acosta and her boyfriend Jack Self. In addition, "Papa Ray" was a role model and loving grandfather to his five grandchildren, Gabriel and Geoffrey Acosta, and Jacob, Aaron, and Dawn Smith. Raymond leaves behind his brothers Manny Seraballs, Moncho Acosta, Kenny Moncada, his family in Florida, Jeannie and Russell Zaralban, John and Lydia Caudle, and Ray Sanders. Raymond was generous to both of his ex-wives Dolores Garrido and Barbara Owens, and his companion during his last years, Debora Moncada. Raymond will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery after a Mass of the Resurrection for the immediate family. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Program, or the in Raymond's name. www.dignitymemorial.com

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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Mar. 18, 2012