GEN Hamilton Hawkins Howze

GEN Hamilton Hawkins Howze

West Point, Orange County, New York, USA
Death 8 Dec 1998 (aged 89)
Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
Burial West Point, Orange County, New York, USA
Plot Section I, Row A, Grave 002
Memorial ID 22045 · View Source
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US Army General. A combat veteran of World War II, he rose in rank to become Commander-in Chief of US 8th Army/US Forces in Korea. He is remembered as the "Father of the Air Cavalry" by his development and advocacy of helicopter-borne air mobility warfare. After graduating from high school in 1926, he received an appointment to attend the US Military Academy at West Point, New York and graduated in June 1930 with a commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the Cavalry and served in various assignments prior to the US entry into World War II. During World War II he became commander of the 2nd Battalion (1943), 13th Armored Regiment, the 13th Armored Regiment (1943 until 1944), and the 1st Armored Division (1944 to 1945) in the European Theater of Operations. In 1946 he served in the operations section of the 1st Armored Division. After returning to the US, he attend the National War College at Fort McNair, Washington DC and was assigned to the Intelligence Section at Headquarters US Army in Washington DC from 1949 until 1952. In 1952 he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general and became Assistant Commanding General of the 2nd Armored Division, European Command. In 1955 he became the 1st Director of Army Aviation and helped to establish the Aviation Center and School at Fort Rucker, Alabama. In 1958 he became the Commanding General of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In 1961 he returned to Headquarters US Army as Chairman of the Tactical Mobility Requirements Board and spearheaded the development air-mobile theory and doctrine that led to the establishment of two air-mobile divisions and is credited with the start of naming US Army helicopter aircraft after Native American tribes. In 1962 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and became commander of the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and from 1962 until 1963 he served as Commanding General of the US 3rd Army. In August 1963 he was promoted to the rank of general and became Commander-in Chief of US 8th Army/US Forces in Korea, and he retired at this position in 1965 with 35 years of continuous military service. Among his military and foreign awards and decorations include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star (with combat "V" device), the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the post-World War II Army of Occupation Medal, the Italian Military Valor Cross, and the South Korean Order of National Security Merit Medal (1st class). Following his military retirement, he relocated to Fort Worth, Texas and became an executive and consultant for Bell Helicopter. He was a member of the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Hall of Fame and served as its Senior Vice President and President. He died at the age of 89. The Howze Gunnery Award, sponsored by Rockwell International Corporation, was established in his memory and is presented annually by the AAAA to the top AH-1 Cobra and AH-64 Apache helicopter crew. He was the son of US Army Major General Robert Lee Howze, who received the Medal of Honor in 1891 for his actions during the Indian Wars at White River, South Dakota. His brother, Robert Lee Howze, Jr., was also a major general in the US Army who was highly decorated for combat action during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

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