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.
He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.
(Unable to determine which ship or squadron he was a part of. Shangri-La, Forrestal, and Saratoga were all in the Mediterranean in 1969, but none of their cruise books include Monte, and none of the ships' scanned deck logs include May 1969.)
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.