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
Five Hash Marks

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Home State
Arkansas
Arkansas
Year of Birth
1912
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Shipmates Only
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


 Ribbon Bar
Master Diver Badge

 

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback


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


 Additional Information
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.
   

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1929, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1930-1934, SF-0000, USS Reina Mercedes (IX-25)
  1930-1941, SF-0000, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1930-1949, SF-0000, USS Reina Mercedes (IX-25)
  1946-1949, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Phillipines (CJSOTF-P)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Military Association Memberships
Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)
  1949, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Reflections on SCPO Howard PA's US Navy Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
TO THE BEST OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR REMEMBERED PERSON'S DECISION TO SIGN UP FOR MILITARY SERVICE?
He wanted a Career of 20 years and he made it !
TO THE BEST OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE PLEASE DESCRIBE THE DIRECTION OR PATH THEY TOOK.
Chief was first in the records found on the USS Pennsylvania. He made as high as
SF1st class documented 1939 - 1941. Then, in 1941 he was stationed at the military
academy in MD and was on the ship that trained the Mid Shipman. It was the USS Arkansas. 1941 - 1943. Then, as a SF 1st Class (SF means Ship Fitter) he went to
the ATR 7 in 1944 - 1945 promoted CSF ( a new rescue tug built in Boothbay Harbor, Maine where my mother lived). In 1946 he was transferred to the ARD 19 to still work in the Salvage Area in the Philippines. and stay there until 1949 ( He also married my mother Muriel Greenleaf Howard March 17, 1946.

All was well until he retired from the US Navy with 20 years experience as a Ship Fitter
and lived out his life in Boothbay Harbor, Maine
IF HE OR SHE PARTICIPATED IN ANY MILITARY OPERATIONS, INCLUDING COMBAT, HUMANITARIAN AND PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS, PLEASE DESCRIBE TO THE BEST OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE THOSE YOU FEEL WERE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TO HIM OR HER AND, IF LIFE-CHANGING, IN WHAT WAY.
The ATR 7 was a rescue Tug and if was the best duty he had, got a promotion
and transferred to the ARD 19. He had made it. He arrived at the highest he could go.



WAS THERE A PARTICULAR INCIDENT DURING YOUR VETERAN'S SERVICE WHEN THEY BELIEVED THEY WERE IN A SITUATION THEY MIGHT NOT SURVIVE? PLEASE DESCRIBE WHAT HAPPENED AND WHAT WAS THE OUTCOME.
He was a US Navy Diver. He wore the 300 pound suits. He was lucky he did survive.
This was WW ll

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