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FALLEN HERO ALERT! Captain, and later Major Robert Howard was my Company Commander at Company C, 75th Inf (Ranger), Fort Benning, Georgia in 1973-74. A finer man, a greater human being, nor a better soldier has ever walked among us. Tough as nails, walked quietly, fair with us hooligans, never let a man down. They darn sure don't make them like him anymore. I can say without reservation that I have never been more proud to salute anyone than Bob Howard. Rangers Lead The Way, indeed.... =S= Video in the second link http://dailynightly.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/07/24/287035.aspx http://www.libertypost.org/cgi-bin/readart.cgi?ArtNum=280144

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Long may he be remembered and may he rest in eternal peace.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Pity the Army never saw fit to pin a star or two on his shoulder to allow him to share some of that leadership ability at a higher level. In watching the clip and seeing him shake hands with Obama I can't help but think that in the past our "commander and chief" may have spat indignation in his direction...

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

May he pass in review before Almighty God and rest in peace with brothers.

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from Happy Myles wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

God rest his soul. You were a lucky man to serve under him. Perhaps I should say with him

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Wow. That is a fine tribute to a brave man.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Happy

Everyone who knew him revered him. Served "under" him was indeed correct. He was also a humble God-fearing man to boot.

He is probably on the podium of the Great Parade Ground in the Highest watching the rest pass for his review!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

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There was probably more spunk in his little toe than most of us had in our entire being.

WMH

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I was stationed at Ft Benning '72-'75 and did some training with the 75th Rangers. Don't recall if I ever met Maj. Howard but that was and no doubt still is an outstanding unit, one of the very best. It is sad to see another of our heros pass.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Blessed is the Peacekeeper, for they will stand proudly at the right hand of GOD!

For Sir ROBERT L. HOWARD, there are those like him among us. I say this because I’ve witnessed it throughout my life, being a GI Brat and 2nd Generation Military; I’ve been there and watched them. They were not there to win medals, they where there to win the war and believing it was there God given duty to protect and to serve this Great Nation.

Yet even today there are those amongst them who capitalize on their glory and advance on their blood and losses and to do their best to put them down and to keep them hidden in the closet and those are the ones stuck in the ranks of E5 and E6's, the true Crusty Ol'NCO's and 03's and 04's Crusty Ol'OIC's!!

These tears are for you, O’Mighty Warrior!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago
from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I fine tribute to a fine man.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I fine tribute to a fine man.

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from jamesti wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

sounds like a great man that will never be replaced. may he rest in peace!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Another great man i served with and learned much from was Col. Charles "Charging Charlie" Beckwith, USA. Led the Delta Force from its inception. We called him "Crazy Charlie" out of great love and respect for some of his antics. He alway had a smile for every soldier. No, make that a sly grin....:-)

Google his name if you really want to know more about another fallen hero of our time.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Here's the link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Alvin_Beckwith

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Del

Thanks for your kind words. Maj. Howard was the best of the best.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I did not know Col Beckwith was gone. An old friend of mine CSM Craig maxim was one of the first in the Delta Force with Charlie. Craig was on that C 130 that burned in Iran. Have not heard from him in many years. For all I know he could also be gone. Craig was small in size but one of the toughest men I ever met.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

There was another tall CSM named Johanssen (sic) that was there about that same time with CSM Maxim, I believe. Those were some tough years for the Spec Ops forces. All the iron men trying to get a job done under the Congressionally mandated cuts in special operating forces from about 1970 until the Delta Force got going were frustrated that so much expertise was lost during those years.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

There is another group of Veterans and this group because they are considered noncombat, face more dangers of dying a early age than those in combat and they are the Cold War Veterans. Exposed to Class “A” poisons and Radiation only to die a agonizing death later like being shot in the head and not knowing it until it’s too late. We all know the term of the walking wounded, I call this group the walking dead! And the Veterans Administration turns there back and says they all died of natural causes!!!

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from chrismerrill wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

a salute to you, brother infantryman

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

May he pass in review before Almighty God and rest in peace with brothers.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Long may he be remembered and may he rest in eternal peace.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Pity the Army never saw fit to pin a star or two on his shoulder to allow him to share some of that leadership ability at a higher level. In watching the clip and seeing him shake hands with Obama I can't help but think that in the past our "commander and chief" may have spat indignation in his direction...

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from Happy Myles wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

God rest his soul. You were a lucky man to serve under him. Perhaps I should say with him

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Wow. That is a fine tribute to a brave man.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Happy

Everyone who knew him revered him. Served "under" him was indeed correct. He was also a humble God-fearing man to boot.

He is probably on the podium of the Great Parade Ground in the Highest watching the rest pass for his review!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

PS

There was probably more spunk in his little toe than most of us had in our entire being.

WMH

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I was stationed at Ft Benning '72-'75 and did some training with the 75th Rangers. Don't recall if I ever met Maj. Howard but that was and no doubt still is an outstanding unit, one of the very best. It is sad to see another of our heros pass.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Blessed is the Peacekeeper, for they will stand proudly at the right hand of GOD!

For Sir ROBERT L. HOWARD, there are those like him among us. I say this because I’ve witnessed it throughout my life, being a GI Brat and 2nd Generation Military; I’ve been there and watched them. They were not there to win medals, they where there to win the war and believing it was there God given duty to protect and to serve this Great Nation.

Yet even today there are those amongst them who capitalize on their glory and advance on their blood and losses and to do their best to put them down and to keep them hidden in the closet and those are the ones stuck in the ranks of E5 and E6's, the true Crusty Ol'NCO's and 03's and 04's Crusty Ol'OIC's!!

These tears are for you, O’Mighty Warrior!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago
from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I fine tribute to a fine man.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I fine tribute to a fine man.

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from jamesti wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

sounds like a great man that will never be replaced. may he rest in peace!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Another great man i served with and learned much from was Col. Charles "Charging Charlie" Beckwith, USA. Led the Delta Force from its inception. We called him "Crazy Charlie" out of great love and respect for some of his antics. He alway had a smile for every soldier. No, make that a sly grin....:-)

Google his name if you really want to know more about another fallen hero of our time.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Here's the link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Alvin_Beckwith

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Del

Thanks for your kind words. Maj. Howard was the best of the best.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I did not know Col Beckwith was gone. An old friend of mine CSM Craig maxim was one of the first in the Delta Force with Charlie. Craig was on that C 130 that burned in Iran. Have not heard from him in many years. For all I know he could also be gone. Craig was small in size but one of the toughest men I ever met.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

There was another tall CSM named Johanssen (sic) that was there about that same time with CSM Maxim, I believe. Those were some tough years for the Spec Ops forces. All the iron men trying to get a job done under the Congressionally mandated cuts in special operating forces from about 1970 until the Delta Force got going were frustrated that so much expertise was lost during those years.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

There is another group of Veterans and this group because they are considered noncombat, face more dangers of dying a early age than those in combat and they are the Cold War Veterans. Exposed to Class “A” poisons and Radiation only to die a agonizing death later like being shot in the head and not knowing it until it’s too late. We all know the term of the walking wounded, I call this group the walking dead! And the Veterans Administration turns there back and says they all died of natural causes!!!

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from chrismerrill wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

a salute to you, brother infantryman

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