Chief Warrant Officer (Ret.) David Walter Rosengrant, age 67, of Dover, Tennessee passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at Houston County Community Hospital. He was born May 28, 1951 in Oklahoma City, OK. He was a member of the Moriah Grove Masonic Lodge #301.
Dave joined the United States Army in July 1973 and was trained as an Army aviator. While assigned to Fort Campbell, KY, he was selected to participate in the “fly-off” between the two candidate aircraft, one from Sikorsky and one from Boeing, competing to replace the UH-I “Huey” helicopter. Dave later became the first pilot, military or civilian, to amass 1,000 hours flying the UH-60 Blackhawk. He was trained as an Instructor Pilot in 1978 and flew in operation HONEY BADGER that later became the genesis of the Army’s only Special Operations Aviation Regiment- the 160th. He was a founding Night Stalker- a source of enormous pride. He knew the Blackhawk like no other pilot did and trained many pilots in Special Operations techniques. He helped to develop techniques for flying utilizing the newly developed Night Vision Goggles that gave our Army an incredible advantage that it still enjoys to this day. When his unit was tasked with the invasion of Grenada in 1983, Dave and his crew flew a high-profile mission to rescue the Governor-General and his wife. In so doing, the aircraft was hit a record 48 times by hostile fire and his co-pilot was wounded. Dave calmly flew the damaged aircraft to a nearby US Navy ship and made an emergency landing. Dave went on to fly on many more Special Operations missions supporting the most important and significant Special Mission Units in the Department of Defense. In 1983 after several fatal accidents in the unit a Blue Ribbon Panel was convened by the Chief of Staff of the Army to immediately reverse the deadly trend. One of the key recommendations was to develop a “Flight School” for Army Special Operations Aviators and Crewchiefs. Dave was selected as the first Commandant of the 160th “Flight School” which became known as the Green Platoon. The Green Platoon was charged with training all the new aviators and Crewchiefs coming into the unit and was the foundation for what has evolved into the Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion. The results of his efforts as the Green Platoon Commandant were immediate and lasting; many aircrew and supported warriors in the back of the aircraft owe their lives to Dave’s professionalism and passion for training. He left the Army in 1988 having been awarded the Senior Army Aviator Badge and among his other awards: the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was a pilot of incredible talent and boundless good humor and was widely known and respected throughout the Special Operations Community.
He is preceded in death by his father, Walter Hugo Rosengrant and sister, Marion Mashore. Survivors include his sisters, Peggy Watson, Louisville, KY and Patty Fisher, Guthrie OK, dear friend, Joanne Rosengrant, and his horses, Penny and Sugar.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West, Hopkinsville, KY. Visitation will be from 10:30 am -12:30 pm Tuesday at Anglin Funeral Home with a Masonic Service at 12:00 pm, which the public is welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers the family would request that a donation be made to the Night Stalker Association. You may send donations in memory of Dave to the NSA website at, www.nsa160.com, and click the donate tab. Or by mail to, Night Stalker Association, 11304 Bell Station Road, Oak Grove, KY 42262.
Arrangements are entrusted to Anglin Funeral Home.