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Great site of truly great Americans.

Ed Jones
SSgt USAF
4258th MMS
U Tapao, Thailand 68-69

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To our Nations Veterans

Peace time and War time, from the top and bottoms of our hearts, my Wife Lisa and I say Thank You so much for what you all did for our Country, we're so very proud of all of you whom served this great Country so well, to those of you whom are currently serving here State side or overseas, keep up the great work, we support all of you 110%, God Speed and come home safely to your Families real soon.

Very Respectfully Yours
Craig and Lisa Clary

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May we always remember.

G. C. Green
Navy Recon '69 - ''70, IUWG-1 Unit-4/Unit -2

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This is one of those "Old Soldiers" that served the same unit, SOG and had the proud pleasure to know Bob.
DeOppresso Liber

Brooke Bell

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Braver than the brave,
To be revered and respected by all!

Dwight L. Lorenz, LTC, USA, Ret.

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I served in Nam as a crewchief on a UH-1H NightHawk with
the 1ST Cav, E brty 82nd arty (aviation), shot down on 23 Sept 69.
I think you are a true hero.

S/P5 James E. Helms Sr.

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Gerard R. Draughon
SEA 1969-1970
UBON RAFB 435TFS "Home of the Wolf Pack"

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A story long overdue and well worth printing. Thanks for keeping the
memory alive.

R. Timothy Scott, MSgt, USAF, Ret
SEA 66-71, USAF Special Ops.
Again thanks.

Cheers, ScottyTimBob.

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It is with honor I sign this guestbook. This was a very distinguished soldier.

Nolley Byrd, MSGT, USAF,Ret
NKP 67-68, Ubon 73

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Enjoyed reading and viewing the articles.


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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.

Billy Bowles SGM USASF Ret.

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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.
Edward P Doyle (Ranger)
For contact: 087- 9063290
E-Mail; edwardpdoyle@eircom.net

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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.

Matthew S. Beyeler
USMA, West Point '69
CPT, Inf.
CCC, SOG, 5th SFG, Kontum, RVN '70 to '72
Recon XO and RT Montana "Straphanger"

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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....

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Sirs,
I was born in June of 1970 and was too young to serve in Vietnam. But your actions and deeds are not forgotten by my generation.
I wish to thank you for the things you did and the pain you went through.

Bryant F. Boardman

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Bob Pemberton
6462 Debbie Drive
North Ridgeville, Ohio 44039

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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.
When I finally met him, I was sitting on a bench at Bn Hq. when he walked in. I don't even remember why I was there, but he walked by, nodded and sat down next to me. We talked for about five minutes and I found him to be kind. He was respectful towards me and treated me like an equal. Realize, at that time in my military career, I was a Spec. 4. When any enlisted man spoke to an officer (in the Rangers) you almost always were at the position of attention. I initially began to stand and he waved me back to my seat and smiled when he sat down.
That short five minutes left me with the impression that he cared for me as one of his comrades in arms, a fellow elite soldier. Reading this about him confirms my feelings of 27 years ago. I had friends in C co. and they all loved him. After my short meeting with him I could see why.
I've never forgotten that meeting. It showed me what a true leader is a servant to those he commands. His example of caring for those you lead stayed with me throughout the rest of my career and influences me to this day.

Sincerely;
Bill Waterhouse (class 8-76)

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Dear Friends, Thank you very much for the visit, an outstanding site that shines a most deserved light on men of honor.
God Bless,

Ranger Thomas O. Nichols
www.rangerring.com

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David "Bulldog" Smith X.O. Kontum May 1967

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thank you and well done..

most will never know the real story...

very glad to have happened upon this site.

well done col.

larry cekander

             

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