From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Roger Armstrong '18

Date of birth: September 8, 1894

Date of death: October 26, 1922

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1918 Lucky Bag:

The Class of 1918 was graduated on June 28, 1917 due to World War I.


From Find A Grave:

Lieutenant R. F. Armstrong, USN, was designated Naval Aviator #2957 in 1920. Graduated U.S. Naval Academy in 1917, Class of 1918 (one year early due to the World War).

Lieutenants E. L. Ericsson and R. F. Armstrong Fall At Hampton Roads

NORFOLK, Virginia, October 26, 1922 – Lieutenants E. L. Ericsson and R. F. Armstrong were instantly killed this afternoon when a JN-4 training plane fell 800 feet at the Hampton Roads Naval Air Station.

The two naval officers had gone for a test flight. Suddenly their plane dropped almost vertically from a height of 800 feet. The first persons to reach the scene of the accident found both officers dead.

At the Naval Air Station it was said that both officers had been there about eighteen months, most of the time on duty with the torpedo training squadron. An inquiry into the cause of the accident was ordered.

At the Navy Department, Lieutenant Ericsson's home address was given as West Hampton Beach, New York, while Lieutenant Armstrong, who was formerly from New Rochelle, New York, was said to have lately changed his residence to Norfolk.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Class of 1918

Roger is one of 14 members of the Class of 1918 on Virtual Memorial Hall.