Edwin Alfred Howard

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Edwin Alfred Howard
Born (1922-07-06)July 6, 1922
Phoenix, Arizona
Died November 3, 1942(1942-11-03) (aged 20)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1941-1942
Rank Corporal
Unit communication wire team
Battles/wars World War II
*Guadalcanal campaign
Awards Silver Star (posthumous)

Edwin Alfred Howard (July 6, 1922 - November 3, 1942)was born July 6, 1922 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Marine Corps career[edit]

Howard enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps September 23, 1941. On November 3, 1942 at Guadalcanal, Corporal Howard was in charge of a communication wire team trying to reestablish vital lines to the rear under enemy fire.

Awarded the Silver Star[edit]

For his gallantry in this action in which he lost his life trying to move a wounded comrade to safety, he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star.


USS Edwin A. Howard (DE-346) was named in his honor. She was launched January 25, 1944 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Texas; sponsored by Mrs. Julia W. Howard, mother of Corporal Howard; and commissioned May 25, 1944, Lieutenant Commander F. Denfield, USNR, in command.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.