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John S. Howe

119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division

Corporal, U.S. Army

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Grave Location:

Plot F, Row 15, Grave 25

The 119th Infantry Regiment insignia.

Born in 1919 in Thalmann, Ga., Cpl. John S. Howe was the fourth of eight children. As a young man, he worked in turpentine production and tobacco picking to help his family. At age 21, he enlisted in the National Guard and was called to active duty shortly after. During one of his trips home, he married Alma Harrison, with whom he had a daughter in December of 1943. Howe had only two days to spend with his baby until returning to training with the 119thInfantry Regiment, part of the 30thInfantry Division nicknamed “Old Hickory”.

Cpl. John S. Howe's mother Addie and five of his eight siblings, Dewitt, Jesse, Merle, Bernice, and Tootie.
Howe's wife, Alma, and their baby daughter, Dale. This picture was taken on June 5, 1944 and was mailed to him. Unfortunately, it arrived after Howe's death.

Howe and his fellow soldiers were sent to England on February 22. On June 10, 1944, they landed in France and saw combat immediately..

Staying connected with his loved ones, Howe wrote letters to his wife on a regular basis. He talked about wanting to build her a “little house” anywhere she liked after the war. Howe’s last letter was dated July 7, just days before he faced intense fighting for the city of St. Lô. He is believed to be one of the nine members of the 119thkilled by a mortar attack on the morning of July 12, north of Pont Hebert. Howe was 25 years old.

Howe and eight other members of the 119th were killed just north of Pont Hebert July 12, 1944.

Awards: Purple Heart

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John S. Howe is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot F, Row 15, Grave 25.