All too often, while they are still alive, we fail to recognize the accomplishments of our fellow citizens who have done great things during their lifetime. An Opelika native, considered to be one of the most decorated soldiers in the United States, is a prime example. Without a doubt, Colonel Robert Lewis Howard was a real American hero. He served in the Army from 1956 to 1992. He was awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor in combat, for courageous actions during the rescue of an American soldier in Vietnam. Colonel Howard was nominated two other times. This real life hero died in late December.
The standards for receiving the Medal of Honor require that the “deed performed must have been one of personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life.” Colonel Howard, a Green Beret who served five tours in Vietnam, was wounded 14 times in 54 months. In addition to the Medal of Honor, this soldier was also awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Army’s second highest honor, and the Silver Star. He was also awarded eight Purple Hearts.
Brian Williams, anchor on NBC’s Nightly News, recognized Colonel Howard during a news cast, saying, “It’s believed Bob Howard was the most heavily-decorated American veteran of the modern era, period.” The New York Times also recognized Colonel Howard’s death. An account of what this soldier did to receive the Medal of Honor is in the book Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty, by Peter Collier. Appropriately, the Colonel’s burial took place at Arlington National Cemetery. We just wanted to pay tribute to a real American hero!
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