Great site of truly great Americans.
To our Nations Veterans
May we always remember.
This is one of those "Old Soldiers" that served the same unit, SOG and
had the proud pleasure to know Bob.
Braver than the brave,
I served in Nam as a crewchief on a UH-1H NightHawk with
Gerard R. Draughon
A story long overdue and well worth printing. Thanks for keeping the
It is with honor I sign this guestbook. This was a very distinguished
Enjoyed reading and viewing the articles.
My am delighted to add my name to the list of admirers of Colonel
Howard. He is one of the finest this country has yet produced.
Hi, I am an Ex-Irish Army Ranger (Special Forces) I have served one
Peace Keeping Mission in Cyprus 1968 and one Combat Mission on the Border
of Northern Ireland 1969. Some of my instructors trained at Fort Bragg and
Fort Benning. I am now retired from the army, but I founded the Irish U N
Veterans Associations Post 3. Wexford. 1990. I was Chairman for many years
and am now P.R.O for the Post. Best wishes with the web, Keep up the good
work. Yours in Peace.
I first met Bob in October 1970 while going thru that abbreviated two
week Jungle Warfare Course in Panama that all LTs enroute to Vietnam had
to attend. Hard to believe he of all people had to go thru that course,
and although he did not look too pleased about it, being Bob he soldiered
thru it. While waiting in line for our charter jet back to Charleston, I
then saw Bob in his khakis, beret, jump boots, and rows of ribbons. That's
when I knew he was not your average 1LT. He also seemed very relieved to
be done with that course, as he was smiling and joking with the other LTs
around him while quietly sipped from a little hip flask. I next met up
with him at the replacement detachment at Ben Hoa, from which Bob, an SF
chaplain and I made our way to 5th Group in Nha Trang. Bob soon left for
Kontum, and when the S-1 told me I had three choices; C&C North, or
Central, or South, without hesitation I said send me to where 1LT Howard
went. So off to Kontum I went, first working with SSG Franklin Miller over
in Kontum city, securing the old Mike Force compound. After about two
months I was reassigned as Recon Co. XO under now CPT Howard. Little did I
know that I was working for a living legend.! My only regret is that I was
to work for him for only 3 months before he was "escorted" back to
Washington for his well-deserved Medal. What strikes me now, as I think
back some 30-plus years, was the quiet, serious, no-nonsense demeanor of
Bob. I knew I was working for an interesting, extremely competent soldier
who had risen through the ranks, but as I had not come to CCC from the
Special Forces community - I was Infantry/Airborne/Ranger - I really knew
nothing of his background and achievements. And Bob never boasted of it.
Truly a humble man in the best sense. In fact, I remember Bob telling me
stories about other SF NCOs that he admired for their competence and
determination! The one story I do remember him telling me about was how he
once got separated from the other members of his RT while in Laos during
Tet '68, having to hide in some thick bushes by a stream as large groups
of NVA marched past. Looking up, he was startled to see a tiger hiding in
the bushes with him. I then asked what he did next, to which he replied
that he just lay quietly until the NVA had passed, then the tiger slunk
off in one direction and he in another. I did not/do not doubt this story
for one second. It could only happen to Bob Howard. When I finally did
read John Plaster's book "SOG," I nearly fell out of my chair reading the
sections about Bob. He was/is truly the "quiet professional." At Kontum, I
remember him getting up in the morning before anyone else, to read the
cable traffic in the TOC when it was still dark outside, then out leading
RTs on their morning runs with his M-16 at "high port," occasionally
firing a round off to encourage the troops to step up the pace, or out
sweating in the sun repacking STABO deployment bags. The man just liked to
soldier, plain and simple. And he always led by example. And over 30 years
later, just like others have written, one still remembers him fondly. I
consider my two tours at Kontum, especially my service with Bob and the
other soldiers of Recon Co., as the highlight of my Army career. It is a
shame the Army did not give him 2 or 3 stars and put him in charge of all
Army special ops. There was no one more qualified or deserving! Ditto on
the "may he live to be a hundred" comment.
NEIL, JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR REFERRING ME TO THIS WEBSITE...IT'S A FINE TRIBUTE TO BOB & ALL THE OTHER MEMBERS OF SOG & THE OTHER SPECIAL FORCES UNITS...THEY WERE HEROES ALL...LARRY MANES....
My name is William C. Waterhouse Jr. I served in B co. 2/75 Rangers at
Ft. Lewis Wa. At that time Cpt. Howard commanded C co. and I first heard
about him when he was sent to Fla. to receive a medal for his third
nomination for the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Dear Friends, Thank you very much for the visit, an outstanding site
that shines a most deserved light on men of honor.
David "Bulldog" Smith X.O. Kontum May 1967
thank you and well done..