MONTE D'ARMAND, LCDR, USN
Monte D'Armand '58
Date of birth: October 10, 1934
Date of death: May 9, 1969
From the 1958 Lucky Bag:
From Find A Grave:
Monte, a native of Clearwater, Florida, was the son of Louis and Lyda Clark D’Armand. A graduate of Clearwater High School, class of 1952, Monte was appointed to the United States Naval Academy and graduated with the class of 1958. Upon graduation from USNA Monte chose Naval Aviation and piloted the latest of the Navy’s anti-submarine aircraft. During a cruise aboard an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean in 1969, Monte’s aircraft experienced some damage when launched from the carrier and was forced to ditch in the sea shortly after launching. All of the aircraft’s crew, except Monte, were able to exit the plane and be recovered. Monte is survived by his wife Tanya Heaps D’Armand and son Gregory L. D’Armand.
From the Tampa Bay Times on May 10, 1969:
Lt. Cmdr. Monte D' Armand, USN, 34, formerly of Clearwater, was killed Wednesday in the crash of a plane from a carrier about 300 miles off the coast of Portugal.
D' Armand was one of four men aboard an S2E tracker aircraft which crashed shortly after takeoff from the USS Wasp near the Canary Islands in the Atlantic. A Navy spokesman said the plane crashed after it started a routine training mission "in adverse weather conditions." Helicopters and Navy ships were sent to the scene but the bodies still were unrecovered yesterday.
THE WASP, which has taken part in several recovery missions for U.S. astronauts, had left Quonset Point, R.I., April 1 for a series of training missions in the Atlantic. Flying with D'Armand in the wrecked aircraft were Lt. (j.g.) David H. Baird of Lompoc, Calif., PO 1C Sherwood Serfass of Pen Argyle, Pa., and PO 2C Joseph E. Cough of Gardiner, Maine. Officials said all were married and their wives live in the Quonset area.
D'ARMAND WAS born in Tampa and came to Clearwater with his family in 1940. He was graduated from Clearwater High School in 1952 and attended St. Petersburg Junior College before his appointment in 1954 to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.
He was graduated from the academy in 1958 and took flight training at Pensacola, receiving his Naval wings in 1959. He also attended the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif. In 1966-67 he was stationed at Key West. His position aboard the Wasp was maintenance officer of Antisubmarine Squadron 22.
SURVIVORS ARE his wife, the former Tanya Heaps of Clearwater, and a son, Gregory, both of Quonset; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis D'Armand of Clearwater; a brother, William Dearmand, and a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Decker, both of New York City.
Memorial services will be held Monday at the base chapel in Quonset.
Monte and his wife were married in 1958 in Pensacola, Florida. From researcher Kathy Franz: "Monte graduated from Clearwater High School in 1952. Activities: Football manager ’50, ’51, ’52; Basketball manager ’51, ’52; May Time ’51; Los Gauchos ’51, ’52; C-Club ’52; DeMolay ’51, ’52."
He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.
To my friend at Clearwater High, and my shipmate at USNA. We all did our duty, and God called some of us home early. I remember our good times, both at USNA and on leave. You are always in my thoughts. God Bless til we meet again. Frank Parker
Monte's wife, Tanya, was the treasurer of the Officers Wives Club of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1964 when Monte was there as a Lieutenant. She was profiled in The Classmate, the organization's magazine, in the October 1964 edition. Mentioned was their son Gregg, who was then 4 years old.
Christopher Wilhelmy '58 was also in 20th Company.