United States Navy VX-3

Vought F8U-1 Crusader


Friday 5th April 1957

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt
CDR Raymond A. Boyd

On Friday 5th April 1957 Cdr. Boyd's Crusader lost power on take off.
The VX-3 aircraft crashed into sea.
In the attempt to recover the pilot both the helicopter winchman and Cdr Boyd drowned.





      Thanks to Stefan Reuther for providing the photograph of his grandfather with permission to use it on this web site

LCDR Raymond A. Boyd 05 Jun 1947 - 16th June 1948

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.