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Capt Steven Ray Armitstead
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Birth: Jun. 15, 1944
Ellis County
Texas, USA
Death: Mar. 17, 1969, Laos

In Memory of .... Capt. Steven Ray Armitstead.
*** Death Index shows - Steven A. Armitstead.
*** Captain Armitstead was a member of the Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 533, Marine Attack Group 12, 1st Marine Air Wing. On March 17, 1969, he was the pilot of a Grumman Attack Aircraft Intruder (A-6A) on a night mission over Laos, when he completed his mission his aircraft was shot down by enemy fire near Moung Nong in Savannakhet Province, Laos and he was declared Missing in Action. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 30
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Jun 15, 1944 - Born in Howard, Texas.
Marital Status: Parents: Father's Name: Alton (Al) Wayne Armitstead (Born Aug. 3, 1920 in Washington and Died March 1, 1971 in Los Angeles,CA.). Mother', Claire Margaret Whitacre Armitstead, Born Dec. 4, 1918 and Died May 29, 1962. Married Nov. 29, 1940. Brothers, Larry H. Armitstead and Douglas Wayne Armitstead born Oct. 2, 1951. Ex-Wife, Elaine G. Wright.
* Paternal Grandparents: Grandfather, Alva Erton Armitstead born Jan. 17, 1895 in Pleasant Grove, Utah and Died Oct. 27, 1970 in Los Angeles,CA and Grandmother, Grace Fay Coffin Armitstead, Born July 1898 in Cloud, Kansas.
* Paternal Great Grandparents: Addison Coupe Armitstead and Mary Metta Jensen Armitstead. Married on Oct. 20,1887 in Logan, Utah. Their children: Alice Luella (1888-1985), Addison Rowley (1890-1982), Mitchell James (1891-1980) FAG#40284699, Eliza Mary (1893-1978), Alva Erton (1895-1970), Lester Floyd (1896-1957), Elvin Coupe (1898-1981)FAG#26134378.

***** "Texas, Birth Index, 1903-1997"
Name: Steven Ray Armitstead
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 15 Jun 1944
Event Place: Howard, Texas
Gender: Male
Father's Name: Alton Wayne Armitstead
Mother's Name: Claire Margaret Whitacre

***** "United States Census, 1940"
Name: Alton Armitstead
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1940
Event Place: Tract N-2, Seattle, Seattle Election Precinct, King, Washington, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 19
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Birthplace: Washington
Birth Year (Estimated): 1921
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Alva Armitstead M 45 Utah
Wife Grace Armitstead F 41 Kansas
Son Alton Armitstead M 19 Washington
Son Ray Armitstead M 13 Washington

His tour began on Mar 17, 1969
Casualty was on Dec 3, 1974
Hostile, died while missing, FIXED WING - PILOT

Body was not recovered
Panel 29W - Line 58

Other Personnel In Incident: Chuck Finney (missing)

On 17 March 1969 Steve Armitstead and Chuck Finney were flying in an A-6A aircraft (BuNo 154160) on a night armed reconnaissance mission over Laos.

Crewmen from other aircraft in the area observed an explosion in the vicinity of the target, then a second explosion nearby which was believed to be that of Finney's aircraft.

They went down near the city of Muong Nong, in Savannakhet Province, Laos.

No parachutes were sighted and no emergency beepers were heard.

Search and rescue efforts were terminated several days later when no signs of survivors were found.

Both men were listed as Missing in Action.


Note: Looking for location of his Memorial Headstone.
Honolulu Memorial *
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA
Plot: Courts of the Missing
*Cenotaph [?]
Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Jan 14, 2011
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Capt Steven Ray Armitstead
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Capt Steven Ray Armitstead
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Capt Steven Ray Armitstead
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