Roswell W. Ard – Colonel, United States Air Force

Roswell W. Ard, Colonel, United States Air Force (retired)

Colonel Roswell William Ard of Pompano Beach, Florida, died at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Saturday, November 25, 2006. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

Ross was born on August 22, 1918 in Saulte Ste. Marie, Michigan. He was the son of Commander Nelson Ard, USCG and Agnes (Smith) Ard. On November 21, 1943 he married the former Maria Yolanda Oliver, in Ponce, Puerto Rico. After 50 years of marriage, she  preceded him in death.

A career officer in the U.S. Air  Force and a veteran of World II he entered aviation cadet training in 1940. He flew anti-submarine operations in  the Carribean and the South Atlantic. He then flew B-29 Superfortress Bombers in the Pacific. Following various assignments after World War II, he served as Base Commander at Sembach Air Base in Germany and then at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina until his retirement in 1970.

Following retirement he resided in Miami with his wife for over 30 years becoming an active member of the community in many ways. During his long and distinguished military career he was the recipient of numerous decorations and awards including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Force and the Army Commendation Medals and many others.

In addition to his attendance and graduation from several service schools, he acquired a BS from Ohio State University, a MS from George Washington University, and an MBA from Florida International University. He is  survived by his sons, Roswell Jr. (Patricia) of Traverse City, Michigan; Michael (Sheila) of Malad, Idaho; Peter  (Jean) of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Anthony (Camille) of Pompano Beach; brother, Edward (Alice) of Chesapeak,
Virginia; eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sisters Lillian White and Genevive Krist.

A memorial get together  will be hosted at 375 Redwood Lane, Key Biscayne on Saturday, December 9th from 1-3pm. For directions and details please call Katie at 305-361-8074. In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to the charity of your choice in his name.

Burial with full military honors was held on 6 June 2007 at Arlington National Cemetery.


  • DATE OF BIRTH: 08/08/1924
  • DATE OF DEATH: 02/21/1995

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