MINITER, Howard, Jr., CAPT

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Line Officer
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1982-1984, Military Sealift Command Headquarters (MSCHQ)/Military Sealift Command Atlantic (MSCLANT)
Service Years
1957 - 1984

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Bridgeport Connecticut and Queens, NY
Last Address
New York, NY
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U.S. Naval Academy

Date of Passing
Oct 25, 2011
Location of Interment
U.S Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
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Captain Howard Elmer Miniter, Jr.

Captain Howard E. Miniter, Jr. was born in Bridgeport Connecticut in 1934 and was raised in Queens, NY. He passed away peacefully in his home, October 25, 2011, after a long battle with illness. He was 77 years old.

As a 27-year career naval officer, he served with great distinction and retired from active duty in 1984. He began his naval career in 1957 as a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he earned a degree in Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University.

Upon his commission in the Navy, Captain Miniter served aboard the USS SARATOGA (CVA-60) as the five inch battery officer and then aboard the USS ENGLISH (DD-696) as the Engineering Officer. As a young Lieutenant, he assumed the duties as the Commanding Officer of the USS MONMOUTH COUNTY (LST-1032). Subsequently, he served as the Executive Officer of the USS ROBERT A OWENS (DD-827) and the USS CORONADO (LPD-11). Captain Miniter was then assigned as the Commanding Officer of the USS HARLAN COUNTY (LST 1196) and completed his distinguished naval career as the Commodore, Military Sealift Command, Atlantic Fleet.

Other significant assignments during his career included tours in the Pentagon on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in the General Planning and Programming Division and as the Shipbuilding and Conversion Navy Appropriation Manager. He also served as the Director, Bureau of Naval Personnel and as the Deputy Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Financial Management. Early in his career, Captain Miniter served as an Engineering Instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy. During his career he was awarded two Legion of Merit Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals and various unit awards.

Throughout his professional naval career, he was known to take on challenging assignments and to achieve impressive results. His commitment to excellence is well-known to those with whom and for whom he served.

Upon retiring from the Navy, Captain Miniter was President of Marine Carriers, New York, NY where he worked for over ten years. He fully retired in 1997 to a life of boating on the Chesapeake Bay.

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US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Saratoga (CVA-60)USS English (DD-696)USS Monmouth County (LST-1032)
USS Robert A. Owens (DD-827/DDE-827)USS Coronado (LPD-11)USS Harlan County (LST-1196)Military Sealift Command Headquarters (MSCHQ)/Military Sealift Command Atlantic (MSCLANT)
  1953-1957, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1957-1959, USS Saratoga (CVA-60)
  1959-1960, USS English (DD-696)
  1966-1967, USS Monmouth County (LST-1032)
  1967-1968, USS Robert A. Owens (DD-827/DDE-827)
  1969-1971, USS Coronado (LPD-11)
  1974-1976, USS Harlan County (LST-1196)
  1982-1984, Military Sealift Command Headquarters (MSCHQ)/Military Sealift Command Atlantic (MSCLANT)
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United States Naval AcademyGeorge Washington University
  1953-1957, United States Naval Academy
  1961-1963, George Washington University
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