LTC Woodrow W. “Woody” Crockett

LTC Woodrow W. “Woody” Crockett

Birth
Texarkana, Miller County, Arkansas, USA
Death 16 Aug 2012 (aged 93)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 59, Site 31
Memorial ID 96892982 · View Source
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From the encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture
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World War II Tuskegee Fighter Pilots from Arkansas


Woodrow W. Crockett was born in 1918 in Homan (Miller County) and lived in Little Rock (Pulaski County), where he attended Dunbar High School and Junior College before leaving to join the army in August 1940. In 1942, Crockett transferred to the Tuskegee Institute and became an aviation cadet. He graduated and was commissioned as a second lieutenant on March 25, 1943. Crockett served in the 100th Fighter Squadron and the 332nd Fighter Interceptor Group, flying 149 combat missions in fifteen months. He was stationed at McGuire Air Force Base and McCloud Air Force Base in Washington as a member of the Twenty-fifth Air Division, as well as Edmond Air Force Base in California. He was a graduate of the United States Air Force Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Alabama. Crockett later served in the Korean conflict, completing forty-five missions and receiving numerous awards and accolades. Crockett retired after thirty years of military service in 1970 with over 5,000 hours of flight time and 520 combat hours. In 1992, he was inducted into the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame and, in 1995, was made a member of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame.

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Col. Crockett was the son of two elementary school teachers and aspired to be a mathematician until he could no longer afford the college tuition, at which time he transferred from Junior college to the Tuskegee Institute.

Col. Crockett twice received the Soldier's Medal for rescuing downed pilots from burning aircraft. His other honors included the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Meritorious Service Medal, five awards of the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and two awards of the Air Force Commendation Medal. In 2007, Col. Crockett and other Tuskegee Airmen received the Congressional Gold Medal, one of the country's highest civilian honors.

His wife of 58 years, Daisy McMurray Crockett, died in 2000. Survivors include their four children, Marcia Crockett of Alexandria, Rosemary Crockett of Washington, Woodrow W. Crockett Jr. of Leesburg and Kathleen Crockett of Reston; and one granddaughter.

"You just have to have perseverance. Set your goal and go for it,'' "Hell, if you wait for the playing field to get level, you may not do anything," Col. Crockett told a Richmond audience in 1996.

He passed away on August 16, after suffering from Alzheimer's Disease.

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Please note name was pronounced differently than it appears the Croc was sounded out as Crow, sounding like Crokett with a long O.






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  • Created by: Ellen Stevens
  • Added: 11 Sep 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 96892982
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LTC Woodrow W. “Woody” Crockett (31 Aug 1918–16 Aug 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 96892982, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Ellen Stevens (contributor 47128166) .