Capt Carlos Albert “Roomie” Estrada Jr.

Capt Carlos Albert “Roomie” Estrada Jr.

Birth
Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas, USA
Death 19 Mar 1970 (aged 27)
Vietnam
Burial Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA
Plot Lot 3, row E, site 6
Memorial ID 17921886 · View Source
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In loving memory of... Carlos Albert Estrada, Jr.

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!


CARLOS ALBERT ESTRADA, JR. - Air Force - CAPT - O3
Age: 27
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Apr 8, 1942
From: BROWNSVILLE, TX
Religion: ROMAN CATHOLIC
PersonID - 19660945
Graduation - 1966
KIA Date - 3/19/1970
Squadron - CS 21
High School - St Joseph
High School Activities - Class President, Mathematics Award, Football, Track, School paper
Post High School - Falcon Foundation Prep School - Millard
Academy Experiences - Talon staff, Catholic Choir President, Foreign Language Club, Engineering Society President, Group Admin Officer
Academic Degree Major - BS - Civil Engineering-USAFA

Active Duty Assignments Pilot Training KC-135 Pilot UH-1 Pilot
KIA Conflict - Vietnam
Combat Info. - UH-1P helicopter, 20th TASS, Tuy Hoa, SVN
Killed In Action Mission - While on a gun training mission in South Vietnam, The UH-1P helicopter crashed in hostile territory from unknown reasons. The helicopter was observed to flying straight and level, when it suddenly started spinning, caught fire, and crashed.
Next of Kin - Married: Clydene G. Estrada and Daughter, Camela G. Estrada. Parents: Father, Carlos Alberto Estrada (1914 - 2011) and Mother, Virginia Garza Estrada (1917 - 2010).

***** ( Mother ) - Virginia G. Estrada, 92, of Brownsville, TX, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 16, 2010, following a brief illness. She was born in Brownsville, TX, October 31, 1917, the only child of Juan and Virginia Garza, who preceded her in death. Having just celebrated her 70th wedding anniversary on October 6, she is survived by the love of her life, Carlos A. Estrada, whom she married in 1940. Among the many sacrifices Virginia would endure during her long life, none surpassed the lost of her first two children, Captain Carlos A. Estrada, Jr., a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, who was killed in action in 1970, while serving his country in the Republic of Vietnam, and Laura Virginia Estrada, a daughter who died in infancy, Born Dec. 28, 1951 in Cameron Co,Tx.

***** ***** Cpt. Estrada is my father. He died when I was 21 months old. In the past year I have finally found some of the brave men that my father served with. The men of the 20th SOS Green Hornets are the grandest men I know.
My father graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1966. He loved flying and most of all loved my mother.
He was a wonderful man. I only wish that I could remember him more. I consider myself lucky to have had him, even for a short time. He was a true American and MY HERO.
Camela Estrada Patterson
He is my father

****** ( Father ) - Carlos Alberto Estrada
December 21, 1914 - March 1, 2011
Carlos Alberto Estrada, 96, of Brownsville, TX, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, March 1, 2011. He was born in Mexico, D.F, Mexico, the third and youngest child of The Honorable Fidencio and Otilia Estrada, who preceded him in death, as did his two older siblings, Jorge and Margarita.
He was also preceded in death by his spouse of 70 years, Virginia G. Estrada, who died on October 16, 2010, a son, Captain Carlos A. Estrada, Jr., a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, who was killed in action in 1970 while serving his country in the Republic of Vietnam, and a daughter, Virginia Estrada, who died in infancy.




CAPT - O3 - Air Force - Regular
Length of service 3 years
His tour began on Dec 3, 1969
Casualty was on Mar 19, 1970
In DARLAC, SOUTH VIETNAM
Burial Site - USAF Academy, 03/31/1970
MIA Information
Aeronautical Speciality Rating - Pilot
Notable Decoration Awards - Purple Heart
Comments - Talon Editor Award from the People of Colorado Springs
HOSTILE, HELICOPTER - PILOT
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND

Body was recovered
Panel 12W - Line 21


Others in incident: Clyde W. Enderle, pilot; Carlos A. Estrada, co-pilot; and James W. Greenwood, gunner.


On 19, Mar., 1970, two UH-1P, aircrafts, of the 20th, Special, Operations Squadron, based at Ban Me Thuot, departed, on a training flight.

UH-1P, tail, number 65-07944, carrying, a four-man crew, was shot down, by enemy, ground fire, southeast, of Ban Me Thuot.

While on a gun training mission in South Vietnam, The UH-1P helicopter crashed in hostile territory from unknown reasons.

The helicopter was observed to flying straight and level, when it suddenly started spinning, caught fire, and crashed.

One gunner, was thrown, clear and survived, but three men died, in the crash: Clyde W. Enderle, pilot, Carlos A. Estrada, co-pilot and James W. Greenwood, gunner.




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Captain, U.S. Air Force, Class of 1966


  • Maintained by: Eddieb
  • Originally Created by: HEE
  • Added: 13 Feb 2007
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Carlos Albert “Roomie” Estrada Jr. (8 Apr 1942–19 Mar 1970), Find a Grave Memorial no. 17921886, citing United States Air Force Academy Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Eddieb (contributor 46600350) .