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Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
General

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Holiday Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Birthplace

Born:
9/13/1925
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
General

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Holiday Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Birthplace

Born:
9/13/1925
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

U.S. Army Colonel Edward B. Howard was born on September 13, 1925 in Washington, D.C. His father, Edward W. Howard, was an attorney; his mother, Edith B. Howard, an English teacher. Howard attended Grimke Elementary School and Garnet Patterson Jr. High School before graduating as valedictorian from Paul Laurence Dunbar Sr. High School in Washington, D.C. in 1943. He then attended Dartmouth College from 1943 to 1945 before being selected to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Howard went on to earn his B.S. degree in engineering from West Point in 1949 and his M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1960.

Throughout his thirty years of service, Howard has significant experience with engineering investigations and technical analysis. Howard began his military career in 1949 as a company grade officer, and was then assigned as a signal company commander occupying Germany until 1962. During the Vietnam War he received domestic and international assignments. Howard served as a communications officer in the National Military Command Center at Pentagon and then as an installation commander and staff officer in Bangkok, Thailand where he managed a program to train Thai engineers and directed a fixed communications facility. In 1971, Howard became chief the Frequency Branch in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and in 1973, he was assigned to the board of the Inspector General of the U.S. Army.

Howard served as a signal corps officer from 1967 to 1979 and then became a senior engineer for Flight Systems, Inc. While there, he recommended the criteria for prioritizing the U.S. Navy Engineering Change Proposal (ECP) and developed the U.S. Navy standard briefing for subcontractor manufacturing. From 1983 to 1990, Howard received several senior-level military and civilian appointments, including being named a senior scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), and the Army Corps of Engineers. He also provided engineering support the RAIL Company to develop the Unmanned Air Vehicle and Tactical Air Launched Decoy production models. In 1970, he was hired by ORI, Inc., and served as the lead engineer to review the Electromagnetic Interference/Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMI/EMC) plans, specification and program documents.

Howard is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Dartmouth Outing Club, and Methodist Men. For serving in the U.S. Army during a time of war, Howard was honored with the World War II Victory Medal, the Korean Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. His military decorations also include the Combat Infantry Badge, the Army Occupation Medal (Germany), the National Defense Medal with the 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Legion of Merit Medal, the Bronze Star Medal with the 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, the Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Howard married the late Willrene M. White Howard on April 8, 1950. They have one daughter, Edith H. Bostic.

Edward B. Howard was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 23, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Edward Howard lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Edward Howard describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Edward Howard talks about his mother's education and her becoming a teacher
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Edward Howard talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Edward Howard talks about his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Edward Howard talks about his childhood household
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Edward Howard talks about growing up in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Edward Howard describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Edward Howard talks about his childhood interest in the soapbox derby and tinkering with gadgets
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Edward Howard talks about starting grade school at Grimke Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Edward Howard talks about his experience in elementary school in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Edward Howard talks about going to church as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Edward Howard talks about attending middle school in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Edward Howard describes his experience in high school in Washington, D.C., as a high school cadet
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Edward Howard talks about his interest in becoming a medical doctor, and his joining the United States Military Academy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Edward Howard talks about his interest in becoming a medical doctor, and his joining the United States Military Academy, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Edward Howard talks about boxing champion Joe Louis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Edward Howard describes his decision to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Edward Howard describes his initial experience at the United States Military Academy at West Point
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Edward Howard describes his experience at Dartmouth College and at the United States Military Academy at West Point
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Edward Howard describes his interest in photography and staying free of demerits at the United States Military Academy at West Point
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Edward Howard talks about his experience at the United States Military Academy at West Point
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Edward Howard talks about attending Ground General School at Fort Riley, Kansas, and the integration of the armed services in 1948
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Edward Howard describes how he met his wife and they were married in 1950
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Edward Howard describes his experience in the U.S. Army Signal Corp in Korea in the 1950s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Edward Howard describes his experience in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Korea in the 1950s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Edward Howard talks about attending Purdue University to obtain his master's degree in electrical engineering
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Edward Howard talks about serving on the Army Discharge Review Board
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Edward Howard talks about his service in the U.S. Army and his retirement as a full colonel in 1979
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Edward Howard talks about his medals and commendations in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Edward Howard talks about attending West Point class luncheons
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Edward Howard talks about his career as an electrical engineer after retiring from the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Edward Howard reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Edward Howard talks about his family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Edward Howard describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Edward Howard talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Edward Howard describes his photographs