I am proud to sign this book for Bob. I served with him at Kontum in
1968 and 1969. During Oct and Nov of 1968 I worked with him on an
operation in which I tried to drop resupplies into him and his hatch team
force. Didn't work. Ended up having to land them by King-Bee (H-34) being
flown by "Cowboy". We took many hits in doing so but got the supplies to
him and took out several wounded a dead. Cpt Brubaker was one of them.
Thought he had died but found out later he was still alive. Bob if you are
out there would sure like to hear from you.
I never had the honor of meeting Col. Howard personally, however, it is
an honor for me to know that I served in a unit that he once commanded,
Charlie Company 75Th Inf. Airborne Rangers. Men like Col. Howard are what
inspire us to always be the best that we can be. He is the epitome of a
soldier, a warrior, a man, one of America's greatest heroes. I salute you
I met COL Howard while going through the 18D course in Ft. Sam in 1991
at which time he told me I was too little to be an SF guy. He had me stand
up and nailed me one right there in Bettys. HA. Anyways as one who has
always respected my Elders I ignored him (thought it hurt like hell
good wallop for an old guy OH and it was another week before I told him
I was already SF qualified) and we actually became buddies over several
months. When the war broke out he said he was taking me with him. I
definitely considered that an Honor. Sometime during our friendship we
exchanged COINS so COL Bob Howard has my original SF Coin.
CW4 Gregory R. Owens
I was privileged to have met Colonel Howard while serving as a Ranger
Instructor in the 1970s. I later crossed paths with him when I served in
the 1st Ranger Battalion. Colonel Howard was a true American Hero, a
Warrior, a Leader, an example of Courage and Honor.
We need many more Hero's like these valiant men. Without them our
country would not be as free as it is now. Way to go Men! I'm glad there
is now a book informing everyone of their sacrifice and dedication for
Fantastic men do a fantastic job.
Great Site, thank you and God Bless our fellow soldiers and Heroes!
CSM (R) JOSEPH L. DENNISON
Thank you for such a great web site. It does my heart good to remember
the generation before me and the service they provided to our country.
It is with honor that I sign Col. Howard's guestbook. He was my
commanding officer in the C. Co 2/75th Inf Rangers when I first went into
the service and the Rangers. Fine officer and gentleman!
Colonel Bob Howard is a friend and a brother Ranger, he is one of the
greatest warriors and commanders this country has ever produced.
Drilling reservist, JAC / JRISE @ Ft. Gillem, GA, supporting HQ USEUCOM.
I'm glad to know about these warriors.
I too served in the war in or off shore aboard most of the Navy
carriers. My highest respect goes to those who served in these SOG units
and to men like Robert Howard, I can not say enough. I trust that we
didn't fight that war in vain.
After Reading Mr Plaster's (Plasticman) book, I was just impressed by
the nature of COL Howard, and how he wanted to go back into the field with
his fellow CCN troops. Its his honor, courage and professionalism that is
beholden to the people of the US, that understand that it takes a
"special" person to do the things that he and his fellow vets have done or
did in VN. It's an honor to have read that book, and to have found out
about COL Howard and his merry band of brothers.
James M. Northam
Thank you for keeping honor alive. I served with Det. A-502, Co E (LRP)
and Co C (Rngr). Was in Co A (Rngr) at Benning in '69 & '70.
Neil, Once again on behalf of the entire unit, we are honored to be on
COL Howard's (MOH) links page. I received a message from him today and he
really cleared up what happened when CO C 75th Inf (Abn Rgr) was assigned
to the 197th Inf at FT. Benning , GA in 73-74 time frame since he was the
Company Commander of the unit.