DES MOINES, Iowa —
At the 132nd Wing here, Air Force Master Sgt. David “Davy” Crockett, the 132nd Medical Group’s laboratory noncommissioned officer-in-charge, tends to airmens’ medical needs.
While he may not have been “born on a mountain top in Tennessee” or “killed him a bar when he was only three,” Crockett is a direct descendant of the famous American of the early 1800s.
“It’s fun to connect to your past,” Crockett said. “A lot of people nowadays don’t know where they came from, so I’m very fortunate to have a strong lineage to a historical individual.”
Naming the firstborn son of each generation David is a Crockett family tradition that started when the legendary Crockett was named David after his grandfather. When it came time to name Crockett though, his parents had a bit of a dilemma.
“My father wanted to name me David, but my mother was worried I would get picked on by other kids,” Crockett said. “Ultimately it was my uncle, who is also named David, who convinced them that everything would be fine.”
Fortunately for Crockett, he was not picked on by other children but did receive added attention. With a very recognizable name, Crockett grew up often hearing about his ancestor from other kids, usually in the form of the song, “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” by George Bruns and Thomas W. Blackburn written for the…