James Dorwin Armstrong

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James Dorwin Armstrong, 91, of Charleston, S.C., died Monday, April 7, 2014, at his home, following a brief illness.

Jim was born March 8, 1923, in Albany, the son of Vera Buck Armstrong Cole and Roscoe Armstrong.

After attending schools in Albany and serving in the U.S. Navy, Jim entered into a civil service career at Naval Avionics in Indianapolis and The Naval Weapons Station in Charleston. He joined NASA in 1967 and worked at Kennedy Space Center as a safety supervisor until his retirement in 1988. Jim was passionate about his career at NASA and took great pride in the advancements that were achieved in aeronautics during this exciting and significant period in history. Jim was a member of "the greatest generation," having served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1949. His wartime service found him stationed in the Pacific Theater and he maintained lifelong relationships with his shipmates aboard the U.S.S. Drexler. He is the recipient of a Purple Heart medal. Most importantly, Jim was an anchor to his family. He was greatly respected as a source of wisdom and inspiration and he leaves a legacy of kindness, generosity and devotion to all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his stepfather, Willie Long Cole.

He is survived by his daughter, Carol A. Howe (Jimmy); his son, James D. Armstrong (Julie); his five grandchildren, William T. Howe, Edward M. Howe, J. Bryant Armstrong, P. Cole Armstrong and Imogene E. Armstrong, all of Charleston; and his stepsister, Doris Howard and her family of Elizabethtown.

His funeral will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to Honor Flight of South Carolina, P.O. Box 292421, Columbia, SC 29229 or the Costal Community Foundation, 635 Rutledge Ave., Ste 201, Charleston, SC 29403.
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Published in The News-Enterprise on Apr. 10, 2014
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