Howison, Calvin Daniel, AE2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
AE-0000-Aviation Electrician's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Electrician's Mate
Primary Unit
1965-1967, Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11) Red Rippers
Service Years
1960 - 1967
AE-Aviation Electrician's Mate
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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Seagoville, TX
Last Address
Seagoville, TX

Casualty Date
Jul 29, 1967
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Other Accident
Tonkin Gulf
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Friendship Cemetery - Friendship (Starrville), Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
24E 028

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]1 - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

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 Duty Stations
USS Forrestal (CV-59)Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11) Red Rippers
  1965-1967, USS Forrestal (CV-59)
  1965-1967, Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11) Red Rippers
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1964-1973 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)/USS Forrestal (CVA-59) Fire
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jan 18, 2016, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Calvin died while aboard the Naval Ship USS Forestral, off the coast of Vietnam, and the explosions aboard this ship, along with his step-son James Edward Newkirk.


Name of Award
Navy and Marine Corps Medal
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal (Posthumously) to Aviation Electrician's Mate Second Class Calvin Daniel Howison (NSN: 9716775), United States Navy, for heroism on 29 July 1967, while serving with a fighter squadron embarked in U.S.S. FORRESTAL (CVA-59). Exercising outstanding courage and leadership, Petty Officer Howison remained within a burning compartment effecting a safe escape for many of his shipmates despite continuing explosions. He was overcome by the fire, sacrificing his own life so that others might live.

General Orders: All Hands (September 1968)
Action Date: July 29, 1967
Service: Navy
Petty Officer Second Class
Division: U.S.S. Forrestal (CVA-59)
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