Ernest Clarence Howle

Corporal
SCOTCH PLT, C CO, 2ND BN, 8TH CAV RGT, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
18 May 1948 - 25 February 1969
Society Hill, South Carolina
Panel 31W Line 049

1 CAV DIV

8TH CAV RGT
Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Ernest Clarence Howle

5 Dec 2004

Ernie Howle was one of the best soldiers in our unit. He was alway willing to accept whatever mission was given to him. He was the first in our platoon to die on the battlefield, not more than three feet from where I was. Ernie died trying to place effective fire on the NVA who were dug in front of us. It was a real awakening in that the Scotch Platoon had no-one killed in action since October of 1968. I often think about why did Ernie have to be the one? However, I have to believe that Ernie has been in a much better place for all these years.

From his Platoon Leader,
Terry (Scotch) Macy
tmacy@gforcecable.com

6 Dec 2004

Ernie was my closest friend in Vietnam. We joined Scotch platoon on the same day and connected immediately, spending many hours over the next few months talking about our lives "back in the world". When we got home, we planned on getting together so he could meet my wife, Patt, and I could meet his girlfriend, Brenda. Sadly, that never happened. I wasn't there the day Ernie was killed. I was attending an NCO training program and, at his request, had bought him a "boonie hat". I was in total shock when I returned and was told he'd been killed while I was away. I kept the hat, which to this day sits on the bookcase in my living room. I miss you, Ernie, and know in my heart we'd have remained lifelong friends if things had gone as planned.

From a friend,
Phil Kingsbury
kingsbury_p@msn.com



The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his Platoon Leader,
Terry (Scotch) Macy
tmacy@gforcecable.com 
5 Dec 2004



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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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