Old story but I only came across it recently….

Colonel Robert L. Howard was a highly decorated United States Army soldier and Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War. He was wounded 14 times over 54 months of combat, was awarded 8 Purple Hearts, 4 Bronze Stars, and was nominated for the Medal of Honor three separate times. He was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetary on February 22, 2010.

He earned more awards for valor, 10 times, than Audie Murphy of World War II fame.

Colonel Howard served five tours in Vietnam and is the only soldier in our nation’s history to be nominated for the Medal of Honor three times for three separate actions within a thirteen-month period.

He received a direct appointment from Master Sergeant to 1st Lieutenant in 1969, and was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Richard M. Nixon at the White House in 1971. Colonel Howard is one of America’s most decorated soldiers.

His other medals for valor include two Distinguished Service Cross awards – our nation’s second highest award, the Silver Star – the third highest award, four Bronze Stars, 4 Legion of Merit medals, and eight Purple Hearts. He was the last Vietnam Special Forces Medal of Honor recipient still on active duty when he retired on Sept. 29, 1992.

Military news release here

Wikipedia biography here


February 27, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. There were a some ex SEAL Class III Saturation Divers that were frequent riders on Seawolf and one Yeoman First that had been riverine on the Mekong when he was a Seaman deuce. They all had a lot of crosses and stars.

    Some of them were great guys, not patriotic in any way most people would expect. They all drank a lot. I notice this guy died of pancreatic cancer, big drinker disease.

    The guys who were the super patriots were the officers with chests full of REMF, “I was there” awards. This included the Captain, who was a great guy but also a real flag waving whacko.

    Comment by reddog | February 28, 2010 | Reply

  2. I certainly did my share of drinking. No good conduct medal for me.

    Comment by cutshoot | March 1, 2010 | Reply

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