CW4 Howard "Ron" R. Crotty was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 01/15/2016 at the age of 77.7
Benbrook, TX
Flight Class 63-7WT
Date of Birth 05/05/1938
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with A/101 AVN 101 ABN in 65-66, B/159 AVN 101 ABN in 68-69
Call sign in Vietnam THUNDERBIRD 3
This information was provided by Pat Richardson

More detail on this person: Howard Ronald "Ronnie" Crotty, 77, passed away Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in Dallas. Funeral: Noon, Thursday at Winscott Road Funeral Home, 1001 Winscott Road, Benbrook. Interment: 2:15 p.m. Thursday in DFW National Cemetery, Dallas. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Winscott Road Funeral Home, Benbrook. Ronnie was born May 5, 1938, in Herndon, W.Va., to the late Howard Richard Crotty and Thelma L. Patterson Crotty. He was a retired U.S. Army helicopter pilot, serving two tours in Vietnam, and an active member of the Military Order of the Purple Cross and Benbrook VFW. Ronnie was a graduate of UNT. Ronnie was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Mary Crotty. Survivors: Daughters, Rhonda Crotty and husband, Michael, of Arlington and Karen Crotty of Dallas; grandchildren, Richard Edgemon, Dallas Crotty and Gaelin Crotty; and siblings, Shirley Stinette and Kenneth Crotty.

Published in Star-Telegram on Jan. 17, 2016

Additional Military Info: CW4 Howard R. Crotty served his country for 26 years of active duty in the U. S. Army. He served two tours in Vietnam.

He was a distinguished Army Aviator earning the following decorations, medals, awards and citations: Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal with numeral 10, Joint Service Commendation Medal w/V Device w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart w/ 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal w/clasp, bronze 2 loops, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon w/numeral 1, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 Silver Service Star, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Parachutist Badge, Master Army Aviator Badge, Distinguished Unit Citation, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon w/Numeral 1.

The Crotty family has requested the North Texas Patriot Guard Riders to stand the flag line at DFW National Cemetery.

This information was last updated 05/18/2016

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