I was in the first Officer and Enlisted class of the Special Forces "Q"
Course. Major Howard was the OIC and I have to tell you - we ALL benefited
from that experience. Upon garduation, Major Howard called me to the side
and said, "Lt King, I understand you are being assigned to the 10th Group
at Devens" I acknowledged that I was and he gave me explicit instructions
to look up MSG Cavianni (another CMH winner) and to pass on his regards. I
assured him I would do so (actually, I was afraid not to, as I was certain
the Major would arrive and kick my butt). Later MSG Cavianni and I worked
together in the CASMAP facility and we would spend many hours on the
subject of Major Howard. I can say that Major Howard was the absolute
epitome of the American Soldier and it was an experience I will never
forget. The words I remember most from him - "Don't do what you've been
told to do... Do what needs to be done." I have those words on the wall in
my office - for all to see and understand.
(Note from webmaster: This guest book entry was removed because the person was exposed as a SF Wannabe)
Dear Sir, isn't there a book written about Colonel Robert L. Howard his
eploits in Vietnam?
I just want to say a long overdue "Thank you!" for your sacrifices to
serve this country. My heroes have always been the men and women who
served this country without public support during the Vietnam War.
If we never learn anything else as a nation, I hope we have learned NEVER
to abandon our troops in battle.
I enjoyed your site. Next weekend is the Medal of Honor convention in
Pueblo, Colorado and my sister and I are attending. Our father, MSGT
Charles E. Hosking, Jr. received the MOH posthumously March 21, 1967. In
March 2003 a group from "Sons and Daughters in Touch" (we had all lost
fathers or husbands in VN) went to Vietnam and went to the sites where our
fathers were killed. It was an incredible experience.
I am very proud to have served in SOG/ CCN 68-69. Bob Howard is the
best example of the sort of soldiers we had. As good as they were, we
still lost too many of our friends. They'll always be dear to my heart.
SFC Kevin Patton
Thanks for the nice tribute to the men who continue to go un-noticed
and gave so much.
I am former Gy/Sgt Ramon R. 'BUTCH' Craig. 1ST Force Recon Vietnam, 65-66. I'm proud to sign your guest book. I worked out of several 'A' camps in the I Corps conducting recon patrols for the camps.
A proud example of American military manhood. You and men like you
bring honor and respect to our great nation. God bless you sir.
Among the greatest of men, Col Howard has my utmost respect.
whoa..what an awesome example of the best of what a soldier can be. :::::::SALUTE::::::::
I knew Colonel Howard when he was a captain the commander of Charlie
company 2/75, and I was in Bravo company. We all thought he was crazy in
the way he drove his company to out do the others, but in retrospect I
realize he was merely preparing them to do battle.
The Darby Foundation
Carlos J Melendez
To a Comrade in arms who I have the privelage of calling a friend and a
fellow Ranger Adviser to the South Vietnamese Rangers. BDQ...........