CSM Luis Camacho Palacios was born in Chilan Kanoa Saipan, Mariana Islands on May 25, 1945 to the late Isabel Camacho and Vicente Palacios. At age 75, CSM Palacios passed away December 18, 2020 at his home in Dahlonega, Georgia surrounded by his loving family.
Luis was a CSM in the US Army, where he served 30 years. He is a member of the Ranger Hall of Fame. His citation reads:
Command Sergeant Major Luis Palacios, United States Army, retired, is inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame after 30 years of service. He deployed to and conducted combat operations in Vietnam and Grenada. During his esteemed career, CSM Palacios served from Private to Command Sergeant Major, and held every enlisted leadership position from rifle team leader to Battalion CSM. For his service in peacetime and at war he received a multitude of awards, some of which include the Legion of Merit, Army Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters. CSM Palacios was hand-selected to stand up the 2nd Ranger Battalion, where he served as one of the original Platoon Sergeants. He was the Company First Sergeant of two Ranger Companies, and Command Sergeant Major of three Battalions. Of his 30 years of service, 19 years were spent on airborne status, and 18 years in Ranger units. He continues to care and support Soldiers by deploying overseas to train our Soldiers for combat, and helps our veterans through multiple charity organizations. CSM Luis C. Palacios lives the Ranger Creed and is an inspiration to all Rangers, past, present, and future.