Howell, John David, CAPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1968-1980, US Merchant Marine (USMM)
Service Years
1940 - 1965
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Domain of the Emperor Penguin
Order of the Antarctic Circle
Order of the Magellan
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
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Captain

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Home Town
Philadelphia and West Orange, New Jersey
Last Address
Capt. John David 'Dixie' Howell, USN (Ret), 90, of Johnson City, TN, died Wednesday, November 25, 2009, at the Johnson City Medical Center after a lengthy illness. John donated his body to the James H. Quillen College of Medicine.

Date of Passing
Nov 25, 2009
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Capt. John David 'Dixie' Howell, USN

John Howell was appointed to the United States Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Maryland and was graduated in the class of 1940 with top honors.

During World War II, John, a naval officer, saw action in the Pacific theater. As Plotting Officer aboard the USS Boise (CL-47) he was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic measures during action against enemy Japanese naval forces off Savo Island during the Battle of Cape Esperance on the night of October 11, 1942. After most efficiently performing his duties in Plot during action,  Lieutenant Howell left Plot of his own volition, when the ship broke off the action, and entered the Five-inch magazines. Here he organized working parties to shift five-inch ammunition from flooding magazines to dry ones, thereby saving many rounds of ammunition. He had all magazine doors securely dogged which prevented further flooding. As Plotting Room Officer Lieutenant Howell knew the dangerous condition the ship was in, yet he did not hesitate to enter the danger area and do all in his power to save the ship, at the risk of his own life. He also received the Purple Heart Medal for injuries sustained during battle.

He became a Naval Aviator and participated in Operation Highjump as part of Admiral Richard Byrd’s 1946-1947 Antarctic Expedition. He served on the aircraft carriers USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) and USS Hancock (CV-19). As Captain, John Howell re-commissioned the tanker USS Kaskaskia (AO-27), participating in the sea recovery for NASA’s Project Mercury and the Cuban Missile Crisis naval blockade.

John retired from the Navy with the rank of Captain. He later became a Master in the Merchant Marines. As Master, he captained large commercial ships throughout the world.
   
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Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II  

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant John David Howell, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Plotting Room Officer on board the Light Cruiser U.S.S. BOISE (CL-47), during action against enemy Japanese naval forces off Savo Island during the Battle of Cape Esperance on the night of 11 - 12 October 1942. After most efficiently performing his duties in Plot during action, Lieutenant Howell left Plot of his own volition, when the ship broke off the action, and entered the Five-inch magazines. Here he organized working parties to shift five-inch ammunition from flooding magazines to dry ones, thereby saving many rounds of ammunition. He had all magazine doors securely dogged which prevented further flooding. As Plotting Room Officer Lieutenant Howell know the dangerous condition the ship was in, yet he did not hesitate to enter the danger area and do all in his power to save the ship, at the risk of his own life. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.  

Action Date: October 11 - 12, 1942  
Service: Navy  
Rank: Lieutenant  
Company: Plotting Room Officer  
Division: U.S.S. Boise (CL-47)
   
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Boise (CL-47)USS Pine Island (AV-12)USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)
USS Hancock (CVA-19)USS Kaskaskia (AO-27)<B>US Merchant Marine (USMM)</b>
  1936-1940, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1941-1942, USS Boise (CL-47)
  1942-1945, USS Boise (CL-47)
  1946-1947, USS Pine Island (AV-12)
  1952-1954, USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)
  1957-1960, USS Hancock (CVA-19)
  1961-1962, USS Kaskaskia (AO-27)
  1968-1980, US Merchant Marine (USMM)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings/Battle of Savo Island
  1956-1990 NASA Assisted Operations
  1961-1961 Cold War Event - Standoff at Checkpoint Charlie
  1962-1962 Cold War Event - Cuban Blockade
  1962-1962 Cold War Event - Cuban Blockade
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1936-1940, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
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