LTC Lonnie T Howard was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 12/29/2006 at the age of 75.7
Savannah, GA
Date of Birth 04/17/1931
Served in the U.S. Army
This information was provided by Neill F. McDonald

More detail on this person: Lieutenant Colonel Lonnie T. Howard US Army (Ret.) - Savannah - Lieutenant Colonel Lonnie Taylor Howard (known as Howie), died at Hospice House on December 29, 2006 following a long illness. Born in Fort Mill, SC in 1931 to Lonnie A. and Emma Lee Howard, he grew up there and then attended Clemson University. Graduating in 1953 with a degree in Textile Chemistry, he was commissioned as a Chemical Officer and entered active duty with the United States Army. Following a branch transfer to the Infantry, he attended flight school becoming an Army aviator qualified in both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. Lonnie served two tours of duty in combat in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot, and eventually became a Master Aviator. In addition to his combat tours he also served for eight years in Germany and in a variety of command and staff positions during his almost twenty-five year career. Following his retirement from the US Army in 1978, he moved to Savannah where he served as the Director of Transportation for the Chatham Association for Retarded Citizens workshop, followed by a position as the Senior Army Instructor teaching Junior ROTC at Groves High School in Garden City, Georgia. An avid shooter, he was also a rifle and pistol coach at the school and did part-time work as a gunsmith in a local gun shop. In his spare time Lonnie completed a Master's degree in Business from Savannah State College in 1985. Following his second retirement, from the Chatham-Savannah Board of Education, he filled his time as a driving school instructor until his illness prevented him from continuing to serve the community. He is survived by his wife of fifty-one years, Pat and seven of his eight children; Catherine Franch and her husband Bill of Raleigh, NC; Colonel John Howard (US Army) and his wife Amy of Fort Carson, CO; Thomas Howard and his wife Mary of Savannah; James Howard of Savannah; Lieutenant Colonel Lonnie (Rick) Howard (US Army Ret.) of Marietta, GA; Nancy Howard of Savannah; and Mary Tallman and her husband Matthew of Marietta, GA. He is affectionately known as Howie to his seventeen grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and all their friends. Also surviving are his brother Bobby Howard and his wife Pat of North Augusta, SC, and his sister, Emma Jean Howard of Loganville, GA. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 20007 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with The Reverend Jeremiah J. McCarthy officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be John Howard, Thomas Howard, Jim Howard, Rick Howard, Bill Franch, and Matthew Tallman. Interment, with full military honors, will follow on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Marietta National Cemetery in Marietta, GA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kicklighter Resource Center, formerly the Chatham Association for Retarded Citizens (; International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders; Army Emergency Relief; the Georgia Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; or the charity of your choice. Please sign our on-line guest book at . Savannah Morning News December 31, 2006 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at

From: From: "Neill F. McDonald"

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