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

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
SF-0000-Shipfitter
Last Rating/NEC Group
Shipfitter
Primary Unit
1946-1949, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Phillipines (CJSOTF-P)
Service Years
1929 - 1949
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Magellan
Order of the Horned Shellback
Plank Owner
Realm of the Czars
SF-Shipfitter
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Home State
Arkansas
Arkansas
Year of Birth
1912
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
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Last Address
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
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Order of the Shellback


 Military Association Memberships
Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)
  1949, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


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Last Known Activity

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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Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
The Battle of the Philippine Sea (June 19–20, 1944) was a major naval battle of World War II that eliminated the Imperial Japanese Navy's ability to conduct large-scale carrier actions. It took place during the United States' amphibious invasion of the Mariana Islands during the Pacific War. The battle was the last of five major "carrier-versus-carrier" engagements between American and Japanese naval forces, and pitted elements of the United States Navy's Fifth Fleet against ships and aircraft of the Imperial Japanese Navy's Mobile Fleet and nearby island garrisons.

The aerial part of the battle was nicknamed the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot by American aviators for the severely disproportional loss ratio inflicted upon Japanese aircraft by American pilots and anti-aircraft gunners. During a debriefing after the first two air battles a pilot from USS Lexington remarked "Why, hell, it was just like an old-time turkey shoot down home!" The outcome is generally attributed to American improvements in pilot and crew training and tactics, technology (including the top-secret anti-aircraft proximity fuze), and ship and aircraft design. Although at the time the battle appeared to be a missed opportunity to destroy the Japanese fleet, the Imperial Japanese Navy had lost the bulk of its carrier air strength and would never recover. During the course of the battle, American submarines torpedoed and sank two of the largest Japanese fleet carriers taking part in the battle.

This was the largest carrier-to-carrier battle in history.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
Nov 23, 2007
   
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My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  256 Also There at This Battle:
  • Beckwith, John Edward, S1c, (1942-1945)
  • Block, Charles John, CPO, (1938-1945)
  • Breaux, Calvin, SN, (1944-1946)
  • Carter, Loyd, PO3, (1941-1945)
  • Cote, Arthur, S1c, (1943-1946)
  • Crowell, Marshall Medford, F1c, (1943-1945)
  • Dikel, Samuel, PO2, (1942-1946)
  • Earnest, Albert, CAPT, (1941-1972)
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