Longtime Laguna Beach resident, World War II and Korean War veteran Edward Louis Armstrong died May 10. He was 86.
The Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade Committee in 2002 recognized Capt. Armstrong's service to his country as a submariner when he was named Patriot of the Year. The award is conferred on a Laguna Beach resident who has served the country gallantly or meritoriously in time of war or national emergency.
Armstrong moved to Laguna Beach in 1963 and was twice elected president of the Laguna Beach Taxpayers Assn.
He was a member of American Legion Laguna Beach Post 222 and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Laguna Beach Post 5868, as well as numerous other veterans groups, including the U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II, U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc., the Holland Club, Naval Submarine League, International Submariners Assn., Tin Can Sailors, Navy League, Fleet Reserve Assn., Naval Reserve Assn., USC Naval ROTC Alumni League, Military Officers Assn. of America, U.S. Naval Institute and the U.S. Navy Memorial.