Claude Caesar Howell, Jr.
(Attended 1940 - 42, Withdrew January 1943, Returned July 1946, Graduated August 1949)
Troy, North Carolina
Fighter Squadron 24 aboard the aircraft carrier USS BOXER (CV-21), Carrier Air Group Two
Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Korea War Service Medal
Oct 24, 1923
Oct 2, 1950
Killed in Action - Ensign Howell was a pilot of a F4U-4 Corsair fighter with Fighter Squadron 24 aboard the aircraft carrier USS BOXER (CV-21), Carrier Air Group Two. On September 29, 1950, after completing a raid on Uijongbu, Korea, his aircraft was struck by ground fire. As he parachuted to the ground, it is believed he was hit by ground fire. His body was recovered three days later.
Southside Cemetery, Troy, NC
"CC Howell, Jr. was my uncle on my mother's side. He was killed before I was born. I've never know much about him other than his sisters (including my mother) loved him dearly. I don't recall ever hearing he was taken prisoner, but thought he was killed in his descent by parachute or immediately thereafter. I am named after him (and my grandfather) carrying his first and last (as my middle) names. I was raised in Troy, NC and Uncle Claude's mother was the only grandmother I knew. Of course, I have very fond memories of her, especially during my childhood days there in Troy. My mother (Hope Howell) is deceased, but 3 of Claude's sisters are still alive(as of 6/22/07): Joyce, Charity (has daughter my age named Claudia) and Nancy." - Comment by Claudy Hodge from the WEB
"Claude Howell was my uncle. My brother is Claude Hodge, who has provided a remembrance. I am the oldest child of Claude Howell's sister, Hope Howell Hodge. I was almost 6 years old when he was killed. I knew him, or I remember him. I remember being in my grandmother's house when Claude was home on leave. What I remember most about him was that he seemed always to be full of happiness and joy, that and he was a great looking man. My grandmother and grandfather, who died young and whom I never knew, had 7 children, but Claude was her only son. His death was a great loss to all of us, but especially to his mother, sisters, and his new wife, Malvine. His oldest sisters were Faith, Hope, and Charity. I did not know Claude long, but his death left a hole in my life that has always been with me." - Comment by John Hodge from the WEB