You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

3-time Medal of Honor nominee laid to rest

Feb. 19, 2010 - 05:10PM   |   Last Updated: Feb. 19, 2010 - 05:10PM  |  
  • Filed Under

Funeral services will be held Monday at Arlington National Cemetery for the only soldier in U.S. history to receive three Medal of Honor nominations.

  • Please enable JavaScript for your browser in order to use
Want to read more?
Current Subscribers
Access to Marine Corps Times Prime is free for current Marine Corps Times subscribers.
Log in
Haven't registered online?
Activate Account
New Subscribers
Start your subscription to Marine Corps Times Prime for as little as 59¢ a week!

Funeral services will be held Monday at Arlington National Cemetery for the only soldier in U.S. history to receive three Medal of Honor nominations.

Retired Army Col. Robert L. Howard, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for valor in a 1968 mission in Vietnam.

He was nominated two other times for actions on classified missions for the Green Berets, but received the Distinguished Service Cross for those actions because an individual can be awarded the Medal of Honor only once.

Howard was wounded 14 times during five tours of duty in Vietnam and received eight Purple Hearts, according to Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Texas, who announced the funeral details.

Howard joined the Army in 1956 at age 17 and spent 36 years in uniform. He was a platoon sergeant at the time of the combat mission for which he received the Medal of Honor, and was appointed as an officer in 1969 specifically because of his battlefield bravery.

His platoon, searching for a missing U.S. soldier, was attacked shortly after leaving a landing zone, according to the Medal of Honor citation. He was wounded and his weapon destroyed by a grenade, but he rallied the unit after the platoon leader was seriously injured.

From defensive positions, and with the injured Howard crawling from position to position to treat the wounded and give orders, the platoon engaged in a 3-hour firefight until rescue helicopters landed to pick them up. The citation says Howard "did not leave the bullet-swept landing zone until all were aboard safely."

After Howard retired from the military, he spent the rest of his life working with and on behalf of service members and veterans, Edwards said in a statement.

Answers by RallyPoint

Join trending discussions in the military's #1 professional community. See what members like yourself have to say from across the DoD.

More In News

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

VA Home Loan

Search By:

Product Options:
Zip Code:

News for your in-box

Sign up now for free Military Times E-Reports. Choose from Money and Education. Subscribers: log in for premium e-newsletters.

This Week's Marine Corps Times

This Week's Marine Corps Times

First sergeant vs. master sergeant
Choose the rank that's best for your career

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

MilitaryTimes Green Trusted Classifieds Looking to buy, sell and connect on Military Times?
Browse expanded listings across hundreds of military installations.
Faces of valorHonoring those who fought and died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
hall of valorThe Hall of Valor is a searchable database of valor award citations collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor, and by Military Times staff.

All you need to know about your military benefits.

Benefits handbook

Guard & Reserve All you need to know about the Guard & Reserve.

guard and reserve handbook