Howard PA, Elbert M.,Cmsth, MDV, SFCS

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Senior Chief Petty Officer
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1946-1949, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Phillipines (CJSOTF-P)
Service Years
1929 - 1949
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Heidi Howard-Family to remember Howard PA, Elbert M.,Cmsth, MDV, SFCS USN(Ret).

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Boothbay Harbor, Maine. He is buried with his beloved wife, Muriel C. Howard at Ocean View Cemetary in Boothbay, Maine.

Date of Passing
Apr 17, 1975
Location of Interment
Oceanview Cemetery - Boothbay, Maine
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His final duty station was the Phillipines at Subic Bay Navy Base. He served on the USS Oak Ridge (ARD-19)
1946-1949 and the ATR 7 from 1944 to 1945. It which was built in Boothbay Harbor, Maine at Samples Ship Yard. He stayed at the Hotel Fulton. (This is where the USN put all their sailors and  that is where he met my mom early in his Navy Career,  he was a seaman 3rd class when they met.  Mom was a waitress at the hotel and one morning she served him coffee and he winked at her and that is how it began in 1935.

In 1945  the USS Arkansas BB-33 was shot and sunk at atomic training exercises Dad may have served at one time on this Battleship., (decommissioned)  Records indicate he did serve on the USS Reina Mercedes which was used as a barracks and the USS Pennsylvannia for a number of years before and a 1930 US Census finds him stationed at Norfolk, Virginia Navy Yard.

 Stated he got fat in the Phillipines and  stated  due to " Navy Beans. "  He was on the USS Oak Ridge (ARD 19). This was the last three years of his duty to make his twenty.  

When he got home to Mom, in 1949 and had retired out,  as they were married in 1946,  March 14,  he lost the weight.    He worked in Rice's ship yard in Boothbay, Maine for one year, then, took a job with the Boothbay Harbor Water System as Superintendant.  He worked the job for eight years and made lots of updates and made year round water for the summer colonies, designed the building to the tower on Mt Piscah which gave that section in Boothbay Harbor water  landscaped the entire area at Adam Pond in Boothbay where the water supply is located.  Stocked the pond for fresh water fishing and ecological purposes.  As well as saw changes from a hand fed pump to an automatic, before that they drilled wells.  

The wood stove was removed from the pumping station.   He had it put in his house in Boothbay Harbor.  The station had a heating system update by that time.  He then, went back to work for civil service at the Topsham Air Force Base, Topsham, Maine.  The base is no longer in use by the government.  He retired with twenty five years of honorable service.

His final work was self employment as a Master Plumber and partially retired until he could no longer work due to a heart condition and diabetes in 1975.

Other Comments:
He was a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. Completed his Masonic work in Maine.. He is sadly missed by his family.   He was a Man of Honor.   He loved my mother so much that he gave up drinking when he came home from the service.  They were married in 1946 and he retired out in Rhode Island 1949.  I never ever saw my Dad drink.
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The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg. was fought on the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa and was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War of World War II. The 82-day-long battle lasted from early April until mid-June 1945. After a long campaign of island hopping, the Allies were approaching Japan, and planned to use Okinawa, a large island only 340 mi (550 km) away from mainland Japan, as a base for air operations on the planned invasion of Japanese mainland (coded Operation Downfall). Four divisions of the U.S. 10th Army (the 7th, 27th, 77th, and 96th) and two Marine Divisions (the 1st and 6th) fought on the island. Their invasion was supported by naval, amphibious, and tactical air forces.

The battle has been referred to as the "typhoon of steel" in English, and tetsu no ame ("rain of steel") or ("violent wind of steel") in Japanese. The nicknames refer to the ferocity of the fighting, the intensity of kamikaze attacks from the Japanese defenders, and to the sheer numbers of Allied ships and armored vehicles that assaulted the island. The battle resulted in the highest number of casualties in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Based on Okinawan government sources, mainland Japan lost 77,166 soldiers, who were either killed or committed suicide, and the Allies suffered 14,009 deaths (with an estimated total of more than 65,000 casualties of all kinds). Simultaneously, 42,000–150,000 local civilians were killed or committed suicide, a significant proportion of the local population. The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki together with the Soviet invasion of Manchuria caused Japan to surrender less than two months after the end of the fighting on Okinawa.
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