Howard, Eli Page, Jr., LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry
Service Years
1946 - 1969


Lieutenant Colonel

Six Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Pelham, NY
Last Address
Pelham, NY

Casualty Date
Aug 19, 1969
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Tin (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
19W 068

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award

 Unit Assignments
US Marine CorpsHQ, US Army Cadet Command7th Infantry DivisionArmy Garrison Fort Dix, NJ
8th Infantry DivisionUS Army Armor Center and School (Cadre) Fort Knox, KYMilitary Assistance Command Vietnam MACVDepartment of the Army (DA)
Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Resident Course9th Infantry Division196th Infantry Brigade (Light) 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry
  1946-1946, US Marine Corps
  1947-1951, HQ, US Army Cadet Command/ROTC Morgan State University (Cadre)
  1952-1952, 7th Infantry Division
  1953-1957, Army Garrison Fort Dix, NJ
  1957-1961, 8th Infantry Division
  1961-1964, HHC, US Army Armor Center and School (Cadre) Fort Knox, KY
  1964-1965, Field Advisory Element MACV
  1965-1967, Department of the Army (DA)
  1967-1969, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Resident Course
  1969-1969, 9th Infantry Division
  1969-1969, 196th Infantry Brigade (Light) /HHC
  1969-1969, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1952 Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1964-1965 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (1962-65)
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
 Colleges Attended 
Morgan State University
  1947-1951, Morgan State University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16303
The Army purchased this helicopter 0467
Total flight hours at this point: 00001564
Date: 08/19/1969
Incident number: 69081999.KIA
Unit: 71 AHC
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: AT997228
Casualties = 08 DOI . .
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA, Goldfile, KIA, Rise & Fall p:290 (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:

Passengers and/or other participants:
Oliver Noonan, Associated Press

++For more about the crash and battle that followed to recover the men, see the link here:
War Story:

Sources indicate to the VHPA that this was the C&C helicopter from the 71st AHC that was carrying LTC Howard, the CO of 4th Battalion, 31st Inf, 196th Inf Bde, with two other soldiers and an Associated Press correspondent. The histories report that the helicopter was hit by heavy machine-gun fire, exploded in midair, and crashed

Lt. Col. Eli Page Howard, Jr. US Army, known as “Tim” was a co-captain of the undefeated 1945 Pelham Memorial High School football team which outscored its opponents 183 to 13.  The PMHS yearbook, described him as the “Touchdown King”  After service as US Marine, Howard joined his Pelham friend and teammate, Eugene “Dippy” Evans at Morgan State College in Baltimore.  In college he made Cadet Commander in the ROTC program and was a four year letterman in both basketball and football.  

With “Dippy” Evans at end, Tim Howard was the quarterback and co-captain of Morgan State’s 1949  national champions of historically African-American colleges.  In 1974 he was named to the Morgan State Athletic Hall of Fame.  After his commissioning Col Howard went on to serve in Korea, Germany and two tours in Vietnam.  In Vietnam during 1969, while leading the 3rd Battalion of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, his helicopter was shot down near Da Nang, during a battle so intense, it took US forces five days to fight their way to the crash site.  Lt. Col Eli Page Howard is interred at section 39 of Arlington National Cemetery, in the row behind his father, a WWI veteran.  

World War II Victory Medal Trivia:  LTC Howard was authorized to wear the WWII Victory medal.  Awarded to any member of the United States military, including members of the armed forces of the Government of the Philippine Islands, who served on active duty, or as a reservist, between December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946. 

There is no minimum service time limit for the issuance of the World War II Victory Medal, and the National Personnel Records Center has reported some cases of service members receiving the award for simply a few days of service. As the Second World War ended on September 2,1945, there are also cases of service members, who had enlisted in 1946, receiving the decoration without having been a veteran of World War II. The reason for this late date is that President Harry S Truman did not declare an official end of hostilities until the last day of 1946

Pelham, N.Y. – Pelham natives Lt. Col Eli Page Howard Jr. and Lt. Eugene Lee Evans, two outstanding high school and college athletes killed during military service will receive posthumous awards from the African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame.

29 August 1969
Standard Star, New Rochelle, New York

Killed In Vietnam

Colonel Howard’s Funeral Tuesday At Arlington

PELHAM – Funeral services for Lieutenant Colonel Eli “Elm” Howard, former Pelham resident, who was killed in Vietnam, will take place Tuesday, September 2 at 10:45 am at the Fort Myer Chapel, Arlington Virginia.  Colonel Howard will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery beside his father, a veteran of World War I who died in 1965.

Colonel Howard, who was 41, lost his life along with seven others when a helicopter from which he was directing units of his command August 19 was brought down by enemy fire.  He was commander of the 3rd Battalion of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade.

U.S. Infantry men fought their way to the spot where the helicopter was shot down and found the wrecked aircraft and eight bodies of August 24.

Colonel Howard was serving his second tour of duty in Vietnam.  After two years at the Department of the Army, he volunteered for Vietnam duty and was assigned to the 9th Infantry Division in the Mekong Delta on January 24, 1969.  When the 9th Division was redeployed to the United States, he was reassigned to the American Division and subsequently to the 196th Light Infantry Brigade as commanding officer of the 3rd Brigade.

A graduate of Pelham Memorial High School in 1946, Colonel Howard entered the United States Marine Corps in July of that year and was honorably discharged as a Corporal the following July.  He then entered Morgan State College in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was a Cadet (ROTC) Officer and a letterman in football, baseball and basketball.  He had also been active as an athlete at Pelham where the 1946 Pelham yearbook called him “Touchdown King.”  He graduated from Morgan in 1951 and in June entered the service as a Second Lieutenant, United States Army Reserve, and in1954 he received a regular Army commission.

Colonel Howard served in Korea during hostilities there from January 1952 to November 1952 where he received the Combat Infantry Badge.  He returned to Fort Dix, New Jersey, and in 1957 went overseas to Germany.  From June 1961 to February 1964 he was at the Armor School, Fort Knox, Kentucky.

He served in Vietnam in 1964 as a Senior Advisor to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, 48th Infantry Regiment and G3 Advisor to the ARVN 10th Division.  He received the second award of the Combat Infantry Badge and was also awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in combat.

Colonel Howard served as Grand Marshal of a Pelham Memorial Day Parade in the early 1950s.  The Howard family home in Pelham was on Fourth Avenue.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Joan G. Howard of Woodbridge, Virginia; five children: two daughters, Lisa and Deirdre; three sons: Norman, Eli 3rd, and Kevin; and his mother, Mrs. Eli P. Howard, Sr. of Middleburgh, Virginia.

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