|Birth: ||Mar. 30, 1946|
|Death: ||Oct. 5, 1969|
ROCKY D. ARMSTEAD, WARRANT OFFICER, U.S. ARMY, MONAHANS, WARD COUNTY, TEXAS
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Aviator Wings, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal
Rocky D. Armstead was born in Pampa, Texas to Vivian Lavern Hudson and Jake W. Armstead. He had an older brother, Darrell. His parents divorced and he and his older brother were placed in the Methodist Home in Waco. His father was killed in a car accident near Monahans in 1956. He and his older brother, Darrell then lived with his aunt and uncle, J.W. and Maxine Armstead. The family was living in Midland and they had children who Rocky came to consider to be his brothers and his sister. When Rocky started junior high the family moved to Eunice, New Mexico and then to Monahans where Rocky finished junior high and then finished Monahans High School in 1964.
He married in Sandra Calloway of Monahans in 1965 after her graduation from high school. They moved to Arlington, Texas where their daughter, Ronda Dee was born in January 1966. Rocky and Sandra divorced in 1967.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968 as he was about to be drafted. He completed basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana. He was accepted in the Warrant Officer Rotary Wing Flight Program. He completed his primary helicopter flight training at Fort Wolters, Texas, Class 69-7 A-1 and his advanced Rotary Wing Flight Training at Fort Rucker, Alabama. At the conclusion of the flight training, he was commissioned as a Warrant Officer-WO1.
He began his tour in Vietnam on July 3, 1969. He was assigned to the 326th Medical Company, 101st Airborne Division as a medevac pilot. On October 5, 1969, he was the co-pilot of a UH-1H, tail number 69-19516. The aircraft was inbound to Mai Loc from an aborted medevac mission when the aircraft went IFR at night during bad weather. Both pilots possibly suffered vertigo. The aircraft crashed and the crew perished.
WO1 Armstead was buried with full military honors in Monahans City Cemetery in Monahans, Texas. He was survived by his daughter of Arlington, Texas, by his adopted parents of Monahans and his brothers, Darrell, James and Kim and his sister, Randi.
His daughter is married to Louis Wood (Woody) Englander Jr., and are the parents to Rocky's grandchildren, Blair Elizabeth born March 10th, 1995 and Samuel Louis born May 25th, 1998 both in Waco, TX. They live in Austin, TX.
His adopted parents later moved to Big Spring, Texas to live closer to two of their sons, James and Kim. His older brother Darrell had been living in Medord, Oregon before he passed away i 2000. His adopted parents and his brothers, James Mac have since passed away. His adopted parents are buried next to him. His surviving brother, Kim, lives in Big Spring and his sister, Randi Turnan lives in Kennedale, Texas. His father, Jake W. is buried in Midland in the Fairview Cemetery.
His name is on the Wall at Panel 17W Line 039
Monahans Memorial Cemetery
Created by: Billy M. Brown
Record added: May 19, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19442114
Added: Mar. 29, 2013
Thank you for your great sacrifice in preserving our country's freedoms. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace.|
Charles A. Lewis
Added: Jun. 20, 2012
May his sacrifice not be forgotten.|
Billy M. Brown
Added: Nov. 26, 2011
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