A memorial service is scheduled for COL(R) Robert L. Howard, a Medal of Honor recipient and U.S. Army Ranger and Special Forces veteran at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Ranger Memorial on Fort Benning.
Howard, born July 11, 1939, in Opelika, Ala., was known throughout the Army and the military’s Special Operations community for his courage and leadership in combat. He entered the service July 20, 1956, and was medically retired Sept. 30, 1992. He died of natural causes Dec. 23 at his residence in San Antonio, Texas.
He received the Medal of Honor for actions in Vietnam Dec. 30, 1968. He was nominated three times for the award in 13 months; the first was downgraded to the Distinguished Service Cross and the last was downgraded to a Silver Star. All three came while he served as a non-commissioned officer in the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam — Studies and Observations Group.
Howard received a direct commission from master sergeant to first lieutenant in December 1969.
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His military assignments include the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions; 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; 3rd, 5th, and 6th Special Forces Groups, 5th Infantry Division; 7th Corps and XVIII Airborne Corps.
For more information on the memorial, call 706-545-4260 or 706-604-5114 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.