This website is an exceptional tribute to an exceptional American. As
B.G. Burkett points out in the book "Stolen Valor," the negative, slanted
and outright inaccurate reporting by the print and broadcast media during
and after the War in Vietnam, deprived America of its brave and heroic men
who served in that conflict.
"Bad Bob" was a positive image and role model. His philosophy during
those phase one training sessions to the students was "we can't do it for
you...but we'll do it with you". My contact was brief but ever lasting. He
made me a better SF soldier.
I know that Col Howard would not remember me but I served with him at
CCC when he was recon 1st Sgt in 1969. I was a Spec 5 TDY from the 1st SFG
from April through Oct '69. He made a tremendous impression on me then and
I am proud to have served with him. He is truly an american hero!
May God bless all those who served and continue to serve our nation and
defend our freedom.
I wanted to thank you for your web page to Col Howard. I enlisted for
the Rangers for adventure, but Capt Howard taught me what it meant to be a
soldier. If you can imagine what a pfc felt like when his 1st company co
was Capt Howard and later he commanded my Ranger school class 3-77t. I can
thank that man for everything I am today.
I HAD THE PLEASURE OF HAVING MAJ HOWARD AS THE CAMP MACALL COMMANDER
FOR CLASS 6-80P. HE UPHELD THE MOST RIGEROUS OF STANDARDS AND SET AN
EXAMPLE FOR ALL TO FOLLOW. BERETS OFF TO THIS EXCELLENT TRIBUTE TO A TRUE
I would like to tell you all of a song I wrote it's called "If Iím
going down Iím going down fighting" I dedicated it to all of you past and
present. My friend manager and ret green beret Steve sent it to Gen Tom
Franks who loves it and has become a friend and fan. I just did a tv show
segment where I did that song. I said before I sang the song, this song is
dedicated to the special forces for you see one of them is a friend who is
closer then a brother. In fact I consider all special forces my brothers,
and I said this song is also dedicated to all military personal. I then
told how a flag I was given that day was from a casket of a soldier who
won the Silver Star and Purple Heart on Pork Chop Hill in Korea and how he
was the only man from his unit to come off that hill alive. Then I paused
and said I wonder how many people walked by this man in life and knew of
his service and did not look him in the eye and say thank you for your
service. I said we needed to do that for all our vets and present duty men
and women so I say to each and every one of you thank you for serving. If
you would like information on song or my bio contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
God bless each and every one of you !!!!
Until tonight I have neither seen nor heard anything about "Major"
Howard since I got out of the Q-Course 20 years ago. Yet I have often
thought of the handful of soldiers who have influenced me greatly -
soldiers who made a lasting impression.
Hi from New Zealand.
David K. Frank, Ranger Class 1-77...met then Maj. Howard when I went through Mountain Phase of Ranger Training.
My greatest honor and pride in life is having served with (then) Major
Howard who was my OIC at Camp MacKall, class 7-81.
A wonderful site, to a legend. I never heard of Col. Howard before
reading John L. Plaster's "SOG". It is amazing to read about such feats of
daring and by the SOG individuals who performed them, even when the odds
were stacked largely against them from the outset. They are heros and
should never be forgotten for their bravery.
I was pleased to serve with then Captain Howard at the 2/75th Ranger
Bat. when he was commander of Co A. I was there in 75-77. He impressed me
with the fact that he was always a regular guy and always had time for the
Bob Howard is one of the most gentle, kind gentlemen I have ever had
the privilege to know and work with.
This website has brought tears of joy to my eyes. Col. Robert L. Howard
is my grandfather and my hero as well. I am a 20 year old college student
and realize that children today idolize the wrong heroes. Growing up I
never understood why none of my history teachers knew who my Grandpa is.
This website is a blessing not only to my family and I, but I hope it
inspires others to research and learn of this country's TRUE heroes. I am
thankful there are still those who recognize people like my grandfather
and dedicate their time to letting the public know the dedication of the
soldiers of Vietnam. Thank you to all who have served for our country. May
the Lord bless you and your families. I love you dearly Grandpa Howard!