One of Nation's Most Highly Decorated Soldiers Laid to Rest

One of Nation's Most Highly Decorated Soldiers Laid to Rest
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010
One of the nation's most highly decorated veterans was being laid to rest on Wednesday.
Ret. Colonel Robert L Howard, a Medal of Honor recipient who was awarded eight Purple Hearts for his service in the Vietnam War, was to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Howard, who died on Dec. 23, was 70.

Howard was wounded 14 times during 54 months of combat duty — five tours — in Vietnam. He retired from the Army as a full colonel in 2006 after 36 years in the U.S. military — including more than 33 years on airborne status.

He was hailed as one of the nation's most heroic soldiers — and the most highly decorated soldier since World War II.

According to a biographical sketch issued by the U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), Howard also participated in two movies starring John Wayne, making a parachute jump in "The Longest Day" and appearing as an airborne instructor in "The Green Berets."

President Richard Nixon presented the Medal of Honor to him on March 2, 1971.

Click here to read Michael Yon's tribute to Robert Howard.

Click here to read Howard's biographical sketch, issued by the U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne).

Thank you for my freedom sir. Go with God you will be in my prayers.

HOOAH! FIRST TEAM! ALL THE WAY; AIRBORNE SIR!

So sad that he died so young, and of a terribly painful form of cancer. He deserved a long life and a peaceful death in bed as a reward for his devoted service to his country.

Let us pray that this warrior died in the state of grace and was greeted at the gates of Heaven by St. Peter, personally, and escorted to his condo.

Let us pray.

Two interesting things.

He wasn't THAT young. But he did live a live of high stress.

And, he was with the Studies and Observation Group.

Holy cr*p!!!! Do you know what that means?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He was a "commando" who went into Laos and Cambodia on foot, basically, to observe the Ho Chi Minh Trail, at a time when Robert Strange McNamara didn't believe it existed and wanted 8mm movies. No joke.

Read "SOG" by John Plaster.

amazon.com/SOG-Secret-Americas-Commandos-Vietnam/dp/1581606761/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1267230084&sr=8-1

It's a miracle that he survived BECAUSE, it turned out that just about every mission was betrayed to the NVA who were waiting for them. Almost all their missions were blown!!!

Owing to the amount of time that has elapsed, a number of these memoirs have now been published. Check the Amazon site.

May this hero rest in peace.

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He wasn't THAT young.

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Male life expectancy for men is 77.7 years. So he died on the young side. My father died when he was 93 and my mother is still alive, with all her faculties at 96. Not a single one of my uncles or aunts died before they were 88, and most are still alive in their 90s. I'm only speaking for myself, but IMO Howard died young, too young.

He was a "commando" who went into Laos and Cambodia on foot, basically, to observe the Ho Chi Minh Trail, at a time when Robert Strange McNamara didn't believe it existed and wanted 8mm movies. No joke.

Didn't believe it existed? What year? Maybe early 60s? When I was in covert operations in Thailand in 1968-1971, we sent, not Americans, but Thais and Laotians into Laos and Cambodia to serve as "road watchers," counting what was coming down the Ho Chi Minh trail. So that period of disbelief had to be relatively early in the war.

sfalx.com/h_sog_Presidential_Unit_Citation.htm

amazon.com/SOG-Photo-History-Secret-Wars/dp/1581605978/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_t

sofmag.com/wp/2010/02/col-robert-howard-at-medal-of-honor-convention/

Col. Howard was so severely wounded, it’s a wonder he survived the war at all.

shadowspear.com/vb/showthread.php?23623-Col-Robert-L-Howard-RIP-1939-2009

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