Charles Lee Howe

Specialist Four
D CO, 3RD BN, 8TH INF RGT, 4 INF DIV
Army of the United States
11 February 1947 - 26 March 1968
Granville, NY
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4 INF DIV

8TH INF RGT
Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Charles Lee Howe

Charlie and I were drafted on the same day, 9/6/66. There were 5 of us from Granville [population 2400] that day. Only Charlie was sent to Vietnam.

Charlie graduated from high school in 1965 with my girl friend [now my wife 4/7/67] in May 1966. One night Charlie, another friend, and I decided to go to Montreal [about 3.5 hours north] at about 2:30 am. We went in Charlie's car, a 1956 Ford, black with a white top. He was a little too drunk to drive so he asked me to. In Westport NY a state trooper spotted the out of date inspection sticker and gave me a ticket, but the problem was no way would the car pass inspection. Bad ball joints, a couple lights out, bad exhaust, etc. We had a good time on Saint Catherine Street in Montreal, though.

When we got home we had to figure a way to get the car inspected - no money to fix it. We had another friend who had a 1956 Ford, black with a white hood top and trunk. We borrowed his car, put Charlie's plates on it, and took it to a town near Granville with Charlie's registration. That garage gave that car the most thorough inspection I have ever seen, but they never checked the VIN number. We got our draft notices on 7/5/66, my 21st birthday. We spent the summer partying and water skiing at a nearby lake [St Catherine in Vermont; Granville is on the border].



The point-of-contact for this memorial is
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Truman T Liebig
ttliebig@capital.net 
19 Feb 2003



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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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