Lt. Colonel Roy F. Salmon was born on August 15, 1935 to Charles Uriah Salmon and Dulcie Agatha Morris in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He, along with his mother and younger sister, relocated to her native Jamaica when he was 5 years old. They resided in Kingston and several other jurisdictions until he graduated from high school at the age of 18.
At the age of 21, he made the decision to immigrate to the United States with his mother’s blessing. He arrived in New York City and resided there for almost a year with family friends. He made the decision to enlist in the United States Air Force shortly thereafter. His first assignment, in 1957, was to Tachikawa Airfield in western Tokyo. While there, he developed numerous relationships with his fellow airmen while participating on the base track team, which eventually became one of his primary passions. He was successful in many of his events winning a multitude of trophies and awards. While participating at an event at Clark AFB in the Philippines, he met his wife, Estelita Cuenco, who was employed at the Post Exchange. After a two year courtship which included back and forth travel between Japan and the Philippines, they were married in 1960 on Clark AFB.
He was reassigned to McGuire AFB in New Jersey, where he and Lita welcomed their first child, a daughter. Roy, whose goal was to become an officer in the Air Force, diligently pushed himself to become better. He continually studied for exams that would enable him to become eligible for college classes leading to a diploma. Eventually, he was selected by his superiors to attend the University of Oklahoma. He along with his young family, relocated to the OU campus in Norman, Oklahoma, where they lived over the course of several years. While on a break visiting relatives in Indiana, he and Lita welcomed their second child, a son. Roy returned to OU and completed his course of study, receiving a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Shortly thereafter, he also received his certificate of naturalization, officially becoming a US citizen.
As an officer, he specialized in communications and received assignments to posts in Washington DC, Madrid, Spain, Kansas City, Mo., Hawaii, and his final assignment at Andrews AFB in Maryland. His crowning career moment came during his final commission where he served as part of the communications team that guided Air Force One during Ronald Reagan’s first term as president.
Roy retired in 1985 after serving his country for 28 years with the final rank of Lt. Colonel. He continued as a communications specialist as a civilian for another 16 years, finally retiring for good in 2001.
Roy and Lita continued to travel domestically and abroad, having reached numerous cities and ports throughout Europe, North America, and the Far East during their lifetime. In that time, they developed numerous friendships which they would maintain over decades. They eventually made the decision to make Melbourne, Florida, their final home, where they continued their social enchantment with local retirees.
Roy is survived by his wife, daughter Sandra, son Ronald, his two granddaughters, Allana and Mikayla, and two sisters, Shirley and Pauline. In addition, he is cherished by many relatives and friends who loved him dearly and have been inspired by his love, strength, courage, and wisdom.
The family relocated to their native Jamaica in 1940 where Roy received his high school diploma. He immigrated to the United States where he eventually enlisted in the United States Air Force.
His first assignment was to the Tachikawa Airfield located in western Tokyo in Japan. While participating for his unit’s track team at Clark AFB in the Philippines, he met and eventually married Estelita Cuenco. He was reassigned to McGuire AFB in New Jersey where he and Lita welcomed their first child, Sandra. He continued his climb towards becoming an officer by attending the University of Oklahoma where he received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He and Lita had a second child, Ronald, before being assigned to a post in Spain. His further travels in the service took him to Missouri, Hawaii, and his final stop at Andrews AFB outside of Washington, D.C. He retired from the Air Force after 28 years with a final rank of Lt. Colonel. He continued to enjoy his life traveling and spending time with his family and many friends.
Roy Salmon departed us on January 1, 2018. He leaves behind to cherish his memory Estelita, Sandra, Ronald, sisters Shirley and Pauline, and granddaughters Allana and Mikayla, as well as a host of relatives and numerous friends.
In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation in his name to one of the following organizations:
DAV – Disabled American Veterans: https://www.dav.org/methods-to-donate or (877)-647-VETS (8387)
Wounded Warriors Project; https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org