U.S.S. EDWIN A. HOWARD (DE-346)
The U.S.S. EDWIN A. HOWARD commemorates the Naval career of Corporal Edwin Alfred Howard, U.S.M.C., who was born in Phoenix Arizona, 6 July 1922, and who died as a result of wounds received in action 3 November 1942, at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
Corporal Howard enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, at Los Angeles, California, on 23 September, 1941. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for service set forth in the following citation:
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while in charge of a Communication Wire Team attempting to establish vital lines to the rear in an area under enemy Japanese sniper and artillery fire on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 3 November 1942. When an enemy shell exploded in his immediate vicinity, wounding one of his men, Corporal Howard, having cried for help, quickly ran to the assistance of the injured man. While bravely attempting to remove his comrade to a place of comparative safety, Corporal Howard was struck by fragments of a Japanese shell and was instantly killed. He gallantly gave up his life in the service of his country."
Burial: Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, San Mateo County, California