David Rockwell Crocker Jr., the son of David and Ruth (Mallot) Crocker, was born on December 20, 1943, in Macon County, Georgia. He graduated from George Mason High School in Virginia and in 1966 the  Military Academy at West Point. When David enlisted in the United States Army, his parents were residing in Schenectady.

On November 11, 1968, David started his tour of duty in Vietnam. He held the rank of Captain and served with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. On May 17, 1969, in the Vietnamese province of Tay Ninh, David was killed by a booby trap. He is remembered  in the Elm Grove Cemetery, Connecticut.

Sources: The Schenectady Gazette, Find A Grave, Ancestry

Those Who Remain

In this compelling memoir, by Ruth W. Crocker, a secret is revealed long after the battlefield death of a beloved and courageous army officer, David Rockwell Crocker Jr. His young widow, in an act of love, is inspired to climb to the treacherous north face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps to find solace. She discovers years later that those who survived the war - his comrades devoted to keeping his memory alive - would bring the ultimate healing into her life. A compelling true story with a surprising revelation for those who seek to understand the sources of resilience and emotional transformation following heartbreaking loss, demonstrating the tenacious will of the human spirit to heal.