|Name||William "Bill" Albracht|
Moline, Illinois , United States
Aug 28, 2012 01:24am
|Info||William “Bill” Albracht was born and raised in Rock Island, IL. After graduating from Alleman High School in 1966, he joined the US Army. Bill attended Infantry Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1967 at the age of nineteen. He spent his commissioned career in the US Army Special Forces, commonly referred to as the “Green Berets.” At age twenty-one, Bill was the youngest captain to command combat troops during the Vietnam War. As the recipient of two Silver Stars for gallantry in action, three Purple Hearts, 5 Bronze Stars, as well as other awards for combat valor, Bill is one of the most highly decorated veterans in the state of Illinois. |
Upon his discharge from the military, he worked his way through college, graduating with an Associate’s Degree from Black Hawk College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Augustana College. After graduation, he became a Special Agent in the US Secret Service, protecting our nation’s leaders (including several Presidents), their families, and visiting foreign dignitaries for more than twenty-five years.
In 1989, Bill returned to the Quad City area with his three children, whom he raised as a single parent, while working as a Resident Agent for the Secret Service. After retiring from the Secret Service in early 2001, Bill went to the Ford Motor Company as the manager of Ford’s Executive Security Operations. After once again feeling the pull of home, Bill moved back to the Quad Cities in 2005. Bill currently lives in Moline and works as an independent security consultant.
Bill is married to the lovely and talented Mary Moran of Coal Valley, and together they have five children and seven grandchildren.