David M. Roney, Jr. passed away on 28 May 2011 at the age of 88.
The son of David Martin Roney and Dorothy Koenemann Roney, he was born in Philadelphia, PA on 8 September, 1922. David entered the United States Naval Academy following his graduation in 1940 from Frankford High School, Philadelphia. Under the accelerated wartime program, he graduated from the Naval Academy on 9 June 1943 and was married the same day to Madeline Dolores Sandbeck, also hailing from Philadelphia.
Following their honeymoon in Sea Island, GA, David reported to Jacksonville NAS awaiting orders, and shipped out on Boise shortly thereafter. He served on Boise as a Gunnery Officer in the South Pacific during which time he earned a Purple Heart while the ship was being heavily shelled off the coast of New Guinea. He returned in 1945 to basic and multi-engine flight training at NAS Pensacola, NAS Hutchison, KS and NAS Ottumwa, IA before permanent duty at NAS Oak Harbor, WA and NAS Kodiak, AK. He flew numerous missions throughout the Aleutian Islands in the PB-4Y-2 Liberator.