RIP Robert Howard - Medal of Honor

Discussion in 'Life After Brown' started by ajblakejr, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. ajblakejr

    ajblakejr Age quod agis

    Robert L. Howard (b. July 11 1939 in Opelika, Alabama - December 23, 2009) is a highly decorated officer of the United States Army and Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War.

    He entered the Army at Montgomery, Alabama and retired as Colonel.
    As a staff sergeant of the highly-classified Military Assistance Command, Vietnam - Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG), Howard was recommended for the Medal of Honor on three separate occasions for three individual actions during thirteen months spanning 1967-1968. The first two nominations were downgraded to the award of the Distinguished Service Cross due to the covert nature of the operations in which Howard participated. As a Sergeant First Class of the same organization, he risked his life during a rescue mission in Cambodia on December 30, 1968, while second in command of a platoon-sized Hornet force that was searching for missing American soldier Robert Scherdin, and was finally awarded the Medal of Honor.
    It is believed by some historians that Howard is the most highly-decorated living American soldier in history. His residence was in Texas and he spent much of his free time working with veterans at the time of his death. He also took periodic trips to Iraq to visit active duty troops.
  2. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    The muffled drum's sad roll has beat
    The soldier's last tattoo;
    No more on Life's parade shall meet
    The brave and fallen few.
    On Fame's eternal camping-ground
    Their silent tents are spread,
    And glory guards, with solemn round
    The bivouac of the dead.
    - Theodore O'Hara, The Bivouac of the Dead
  3. over9five

    over9five Senior Member Staff Member

    R.I.P., Colonel.