CW3 Wallace R Howard was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 04/27/2010 at the age of 84.0
Crooked River, OR
Flight Class 57-1
Date of Birth 04/22/1926
Served in the U.S. Army
This information was provided by SSN search Sep 2010

More detail on this person: Wallace Howard April 22, 1926 - April 27, 2010 Mr. Howard was born April 22, 1926, in St. Joseph, Missouri to Russell E. and Hazel M. (Lowe) Howard. He attended school in Albert Lea, MN. He moved to Vancouver, WA in 1942, to work in the Kaiser shipyard as a production welder on aircraft carriers. On July 18, 1944, Wallace entered the US Army and during the next 25 years saw service in many overseas assignments including the South Pacific and the Philippines during WWII, earning the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star, and 3 Battle Stars on the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon. He was part of the first occupying forces to enter Korea in 1945, after WWII, with the 10th Infantry Division. Upon his return to the US in 1946, he was assigned to the Panama Canal Department where he worked as a food service instructor, teaching both foreign and American students. In 1948, he married Kathleen (Hargis) Howard, who preceded him in death in 1973. Returning to the US in 1948, he was stationed at Ft. Lawton, WA, where he applied for and received admission to officers candidate school at Ft. Riley, KS, where he was commissioned a 2nd Lt. on December 19, 1949. After assignments in France and the US, he was separated as a 1st Lt. in February, 1954. He re-enlisted as a M/Sgt. in March, 1954, and spent the next two and a half years on recruiting in the Portland, OR area, leaving there in 1956, to go to Warrant Officer Candidate School for helicopter flight training and graduated February, 1957. For the next 12 years, assignments followed throughout the world including the US, Germany, Korea and Vietnam in 1966, and 67 where he accumulated 300 hours of combat time in helicopters. He was also awarded the Air Medal for his service in Vietnam. He retired to the US in 1968, and retired from the Army on January 31, 1969. After his retirement Mr. Howard was a tavern and hotel owner in Portland, OR. He moved to Redmond, OR in 1973, where he was the manager of the Red Barn and Loft Pizza Parlor and Tavern. He married Phyllis Stephenson on June 22, 1974, in Redmond. In 1977, he and Phyllis bought the Pastime Tavern in Redmond and operated it off and on until 1990. Mr. Howard began a second career in the US Postal Office, starting in 1977. He worked as a rural carrier in Bend until his retirement in 1994. He was a life member of the day VFW American Legion, and a past Exalted Ruler of the Redmond Elks Lodge 2590. He was a current member of the Madras Elks Lodge 2017, and also a member of Redmond Moose Lodge 323. He enjoyed playing golf, bowling, and traveling in his RV. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, three stepsons, Alan Stephenson (Salem), Bruce Stephenson (Redmond) and Mark Stephenson (Lowell). Also an adopted son, John Lee Howard of Eloy, AZ, and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Kathleen, his mother and father, and two brothers. Mr. Howard will be buried at Willamette National Cemetery on Friday, May 7, 2010. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of ones choice.

Burial information: Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, OR

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