Col. Robert L. Howard, America’s most decorated soldier, was laid to rest yesterday in Washington, D.C., reports USFallen.org. Howard received full military honors at the funeral attended by more than 350 mourners, including 20 fellow Medal of Honor recipients. An additional memorial service is schedule to be held in Texas at Fort Sam Houston on February 27. Howard died of pancreatic cancer in late December 2009. He was 70.
Born in July 1939 in Alabama, Howard joined the military in 1956. He retired after 36 years of service in 1992 but continued working for the government in the Department of Veteran Affairs. All together, Howard gave 52 years of public service.
Howard spent five tours in Vietnam, was wounded 14 times in the 54 months of combat duty, and was awarded 8 Purple Hearts. In addition to receiving well over 50 other commendations, Howard was awarded our country’s three highest honors, the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, and the Silver Star. He was believed to be the most decorated living American.
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Howard is survived by three daughters, a son, and four grandchildren.
Watch the trailer for USFallen.org’s documentary on Col. Robert L. Howard, A Hero Among Heroes.