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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: May 10, 1918
Date of death: April 6, 1957
Age: 38

Lucky Bag

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From the 1942 Lucky Bag:


Ray, Tallcorn

Ray once helped lay a straight, smooth road out in Iowa. He can't figure why the Navy doesn't run like that road. His power blows come right from the shoulder, his answers flash to the hoard, and his ready grin labels him smooth. We like to think of him aboard ship, for we know that he'll be the same resolute, efficient man there that he has been here. In a word—he's fit.

Battalion Boxing; 2/c P.O.; 2 Stripes.

The Class of 1942 graduated on December 19, 1941, less than two weeks after the United States entered World War II. The class had previously been scheduled to graduate in February 1942.


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From Find A Grave:

My grandfather USN CDR Ray Boyd was born in Pocahontas Iowa and graduated Naval Academy class of '42, and went straight into WWII after graduating early in December 1941. He served on the USS Saratoga and various sqaudrons.

In the 1950's he entertained but turned down advanced engineering positions from aircraft manufacturers and contributed design work with Grumman and Chance Vought on various craft. He stayed in the Navy and went on to be a Commander and VX-3 squadron F8U-1 Crusader test pilot on the carrier USS FDR.

He was killed when his F8U-1 Crusader lost power after the cat - he did not eject. Sadly both he and the helicopter winchman drowned attempting to pull him from from the aircraft and his flight harness.

I have been in contact with his plane captain who was present that day but assigned to a different plane on that particular day. He stated that CDR Boyd was very well liked among the men and treated everyone with kindness and respect and that it was a sad day on the FDR. Stefan Reuther

He was survived by his father, his wife, and four children.


His wife's obituary, from Ejection History:

24Sep08 - Eda H. Woodruff Boyd July 14, 1918 ~ September 5, 2008 Eda Helen Woodruff, daughter of Leo E. and Eda (Rohrbach) Woodruff, who preceded her in death, was born July 14, 1918 in Rexburg, Idaho.

She grew up in Blackfoot, Idaho with her nine siblings and later attended Utah State University. In 1943 she joined the U.S. Navy Waves and trained at Hunter College, New York.

In 1945 she married Navy Lt. Raymond A. Boyd from Pocahontas, Iowa in Pensacola, Florida. Having just graduated from Navy Flight School, he was assigned to Coronado Naval Air Station in California. His career path took them to Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia.

Cdr. Boyd preceded her in death in 1957 while on active duty. She moved her family to Spokane, Washington and later to Seattle, where she finished her B.A. at the University of Washington in 1973.

As a single parent and young Navy widow, Eda raised her children with a strong emphasis on education and duty to country and family. The Spokane Valley provided the necessary wholesome and healthy environment for her young children. Seattle's close proximity to a large university provided educational opportunities for her and her daughters.

Her husband Raymond (1942), son Raymond Jr. (1973) and grandson, Samuel (2005), are all graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy.

Eda was preceded in death by one son, Ray Clinton Boyd in 1948. She is survived by four siblings and four children: Bettie A. Reuther (Terry), St. Paul, Minnesota; Eda Marie Rice (Mel), Seattle; Linda R. Landerdahl (James), Seattle; and Raymond A. Boyd Jr. (Christine), Guilford, Connecticut; seven grandchildren: Stefan Reuther (Emily), Minneapolis; Jessie Tiede (Shannon), Minneapolis; Christopher Landerdahl, Seattle; Alexis Boyd, Atlanta, Ga; Lt. Samuel Boyd, USN, Oceania, Va; Andrew Boyd, University of Connecticut; and Eda Melinda Rice, Tacoma; and one great grandson, Colin Lemmons-Reuther, Minneapolis.

Eda spent her last four years under excellent care at Pinehurst Homes in Seattle and passed away peacefully at Virginia Mason Hospital Friday evening, September 5, 2008.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, September 10 at 2:00 pm at Wiggen & Sons Funeral Home in Ballard.

Burial services will follow at Arlington National Cemetery in the plot adjacent to her husband on a date yet to be determined.

Memorials can be sent to US Naval Academy Foundation, Annapolis, Maryland.

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