Message I received From the family of E.F. Buddy Howard:
"The family of Buddy Howard would like to advise everyone on his e-mail list that he passed away this morning (1/23/01).
We apologize for the impersonal nature of the notification, but I am sure you will understand. Visitation will be at the Monroe Memorial Chapel (86 West Main St., phone #912-994-4266) in Forsyth, GA on January 24 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Services will be graveside on January 25 at 3:00 at the Monroe Memorial Gardens on Ensign Road about a mile from downtown Forsyth. Family can be reached at our home at 912-994-6138. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Forsyth Presybterian Church. Please remember the family in your prayers."
I am sad to learn of yet another of my friends whom I've met through this website has passed on.|
I can't say that I got to know Buddy very well, but we exchanged e-mail and shared stories of our varied experiences on Okinawa.
Buddy was one of the heroes in my mind who was there when all the shootin' was going on.
He had a particular interest in Yomitan - then known as Yontan - because he served there and, 2 days after the invasion, at Kadena Airfield.
I know that Buddy was profoundly proud of his contributions to the effort and eventual victory over the Evil Empire, but he never bragged to me.
He simply stated the facts and I admired him immensely.
Because of the hard work that he and his mates performed, the Marines were able to bring their birds onto Kadena and support the ground troops as they were soon to get into the heat of battle.
Like I said, I didn't get to know Buddy as well as I wish I had but he'll be missed - not only by his family but also by those of us out here on the 'net who came to respect and admire the man.
My heartfelt sympathy goes to his family, friends and loved ones. This little gesture is the very least that I can do for one of our many heroes - those guys who gave it all they had to get the job done.
I, for one, appreciate the fact that had Buddy's generation not made the sacrifices that they did our nation wouldn't be as strong and as firm in our convictions as we are today. Thanks to Buddy and those like him, we still enjoy freedom and we know that we are the Best on Earth!
God bless you, Buddy Howard, and I pray that God gives you ample opportunity to enjoy some peace Above - peace that you valiantly fought for during your short days on Earth.
Ya know, friends, Buddy's up There now, jawing with his old pals who went before him to recon the Place!
Marine Major Tells Battalion of Seabeas
Commander's Farewell Address to the men of the CBMU#624
Pastor Andrew Walton at Buddy's funeral
Mon 3/7/2011 8:17 PM
Ben Howard [howardbn09(at)gmail.com]
I came across your site and saw a tribute to Edgar Forest Howard or better known as Buddy Howard. Buddy Howard who was a sea bee in WWII at Okinawa is indeed my grandfather on my Dad's side. He passed away when I was in 8th grade, now I am 24 years old. I had decided to research some of my family history and saw your tribute, I always knew he was in the sea bees but never knew exactly what they went through. I loved your website and would love to hear back from you.
from Harold Benson
The Story of Taps submitted by nova4247
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