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Lieut Jerry Ardell Roberts

Lieut Jerry Ardell Roberts

Cerulean, Trigg County, Kentucky, USA
Death 5 Jul 1966 (aged 25)
Burial Cerulean, Trigg County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 17303718 · View Source
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LT.Jerry Roberts was born May 2, 1941 near Cerulean, KY, and served in the Army from June 1964 until his death in Vietnam on July 5, 1966. He was a helicopter pilot assigned to the 502nd Avn. Bn. On the day of his death, this was the account received from military authorities:
"Lt. Roberts was copilot of a UH1-D helicopter, the lead craft in a flight of 35, which was airlifting troops into combat. Just as his aircraft was touching down, the helicopter was hit by enemy ground fire, immobilizing it. Lt. Roberts led the crew to safety of a nearby ditch. After discovering that two of his crew members had been wounded during the move to the ditch, Roberts returned to them and was carrying them to safety when he was mortally wounded by small arms fire"
Roberts was a 1959 graduate of Sinking Fork HS and a 1963 graduate of Murray State with majors in chemistry and math.
He taught one year at Koffman Jr. HS before entering the Army. Teaching and farming were his plans upon completing his military service. Roberts wed the former Rita Ezell of LaFayette, KY on April 14, 1963, they had two children, Maranita, and Jerry Vance. Numerous awards for heroism were presented posthumously at Ft. Campbell to his widow and children. The Purple Heart, Silver Star, Bronze Star and the Air Medal w/18 OLCs. He also received the Vietnam Campaign Medal from the South Vietnamese government.

"He made the Superme Sacrifice in the service of his country for the cause of freedom. Greater love has no one than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

" All gave some and some gave all. At the end of suffering, of mystery, God awaits us....."

Today there are two grandchildren, with one on the way.

Life goes on, the blessings continue and through it all love remains.

Submitted by Rita Ezell Roberts Lawrence
Trigg Co Ky Veterans Book 2002

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  • Maintained by: Maranita Lopez
  • Originally Created by: USAFBRAT68
  • Added: 5 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17303718
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Jerry Ardell Roberts (2 Mar 1941–5 Jul 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17303718, citing Cerulean Cemetery, Cerulean, Trigg County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Maranita Lopez (contributor 48883595) .