Sidney "Sid" Achée
November 20, 1922 - August 21, 2021
Fort Worth, Texas - Colonel Sidney (Sid) Achée, U.S. Army-Retired, a resident of The Stayton, Fort Worth, Texas, born November 20, 1922, in New York, passed peacefully due complications from COVID on August 21, 2021.
Sid was preceded in death by parents, Fernand M. Achée and Minnie Davison Achée; two brothers, Fernand M. Achée, Jr. and Emile W. Achée; and his wife, Ruth Ross Achée.
A Great Neck High School, N.Y. class of '40 graduate and Louisiana State University College of Engineering alumnus, Sid was called to active duty in April 1943; Commissioned in the Army Corps of Engineers. Sid was assigned to the 1283rd Engineer Combat Battalion at Camp Pickett, Va., where he met his future wife, Ruth Ross. Sid departed for the European Theater with the Engineer Combat Battalion in December 1944 and returned in August 1945; he married Ruth that same month. Sid retired after a distinguished military career on 31 March 1972. He was a veteran of three foreign wars, participating in combat operations during WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
During Sid's distinguished military career from April 1943 until his retirement from Active Duty on 31 March 1972, he held numerous prestigious military assignments within the United States and Overseas. As he progressed in his career, he advanced to the rank of Colonel as a Regular Army Officer.
Sid's significant accomplishments included: graduate of the National Defense University's National War College at Fort McNair, Washington D.C. with a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy. He had an extensive military career in military aviation and humbly served as a career Army aviator, earning his Army Liaison, Master Army Aviation and Naval Aviation pilot wings. His love for Army Aviation was second to none.
Sid was a highly decorated Army Officer, his awards included: Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster; Meritorious Service Medal; Distinguished Flying Cross; Bronze Star Medal; Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters with and V Device; Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; World War II Victory Medal; Army Occupation Medal - European Theater; Korean Service Medal with three Battle Stars; United Nations Service Korean Medal; European, Africa, Middle East Campaign Medal with one Battle Star; Vietnam Service Medal with two Battle Stars; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; and, the National Defense Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.
Sid was an active member of numerous organizations which included: Military Officers Association of America; Army Aviation Association of America (Club Cub); Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association; Quiet Birdmen; Order of Daedalians; Association of the United States Army; National Rifle Association; Twirly Birds; Master Mason Hancock Lodge No. 311, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and the 32nd Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Valley of Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; and a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, Texas.
Sid's civilian career began with Bell Helicopter International in Iran leading operations for the pilot and helicopter training department and with Bell Operations Corporation with the primary mission to build the facilities and train personnel on how to manufacture helicopters in Isfahan, Iran. Later assigned at Bell Helicopter as Program Manager 214 ST production, retiring on 31 January 1983.
Sid will be most remembered for his faith in God, generosity to his community and church, and his numerous close, life-long friendships. Along with his love for family, Sid's boundless zest for life, inquisitive mind, and unique sense of humor were his hallmarks. One of Sid's favorite sayings was, "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff," and he had a talent for putting difficult issues into perspective through his quick sense of humor and a Cajun accent that usually snuck out. Always the brightest light in the room, he was a gifted storyteller, often recounting fascinating tales from his extraordinary life experiences as a pioneer of Army Aviation; he captivated all who listened. He lived each moment as if it were his last and treated every person with dignity and respect as if they were his best friend. He will surely be missed by all.
Sid had a long and honorable history in the Army and was proud of his military accomplishments and service to this Nation. Sid lived to see his brothers, his sons, and several members of their families serve with distinction in the Army, Navy, and the United States Marine Corps. He was the Achée patriarch who led a rich family heritage of proud service to this Country for generations.
In February 2001, Sid met his dearest, Elizabeth Ingram, who was his close friend, confidant, and companion. As a result of their close bond, he was beloved by her extended family who adored him.
Sid is survived by sons, Major Robert W. Achée (USA-Ret) and wife, Carmen, and Jerry R. Achée and his wife, Laurie; grandchildren, Master Sergeant Robbie E. Achée (USMC-Ret) and his wife, Avy, Commander Jamie W. Achée (USN-Ret) and his partner Cain, Lieutenant Colonel Lindsey Bethany (USAR) and her husband, Joshua, Tina Ashford and her husband, Vincent, Senta Achée and Sophia Achée; great-grandchildren, Kieran and Sylvia Achée, Anya and Arian Achée, and Arya and Austin Bethany.
Memorial services to be scheduled later. Burial will be held in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
Published by Star-Telegram on Sep. 19, 2021.