George Andrews Howes
15 Jan 1999
In memory of George (Andy) Howes
Missing since 10 January 1970
Even after 30 years, I still find it difficult to put into words the memories and my thoughts for Andy.
I was sent to A Troop, 7/1 Air Cav where I flew AH-1G Huey Cobras, mainly on pink teams. My call sign was
Apache 31. Andy wanted to be a gun pilot and I'm sure that is what he was doing when they crashed.
"For those who fought for it,
Upon my return to the States, I received a P.O.W. bracelet inscribed with Andy's name on it. This was a fortunate and meaningful token for
me. I have not, and will not, remove it from my wrist until either he is
returned home, or I meet him in the hereafter...
Notes from The Virtual Wall
On 10 January 1970 three helicopters of the 71st Assault Helicopter Company departed Tien Phuoc to return to the unit base at Chu Lai, South Vietnam.
Five to ten minutes into the flight, while flying through a rainstorm, the lead pilot, Captain Herbert C. Crosby, directed the flight to change to a different flight heading and radio frequency. Radio contact with CPT Crosby was lost during the frequency change and was not regained.
The other two aircraft reached Chu Lai heliport and at 1400 hours search efforts were begun for the missing aircraft, a UH-1C (hull number 66-00739). An extensive ground and visual/electronic aerial search was initiated. The Huey's last known position placed it over dense jungle covered mountain foothills on the north side of the mountain range with rice fields within 2 miles to the east. The ground search included investigating villages in and around the helicopter's flight path and questioning anyone who might have knowledge of the aircraft's loss and the fate of its crew. Those efforts failed to locate either the helicopter or its crew, consisting of
Additional information is available on the crew:
Chief Warrant Officer (CWO3) Howes was born in Little Rock, Arkansas but the family moved to Knox, Indiana in 1956 where he graduated from
Knox High School in 1968.
Many of his old classmates and friends still live in the area. They remember Howes as a kind young man with a great sense of humor and a
playful spirit. Andy was considered class clown and he always had a smile for everyone. He is memorialized on the Vietnam War Memorials in
Washington D.C., Indianapolis, Chesterton, and Knox, as well as at Clay Church in South Bend, Indiana.
His first tour of duty after graduation was to Vietnam but before he departed, he took some time for leave to visit friends and family.
After arrival in Vietnam, he was to fly helicopter gunships while assigned to the 71st Assault Helicopter Company (AHC), 14th Aviation Battalion, 16th Aviation Group of the Americal Division. He flew with the Firebirds, a distinguished and decorated gunship group based in Chu Lai, South Vietnam.
Forty-one years after being listed as Missing in Action in Vietnam, funeral services for CW 3 George A. (Andy) Howes were held August 2nd, 2011 at the Knox Community Center, Knox Indiana. Burial followed on August 5th, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern) in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. A service at the Chapel at Fort Myer was held prior to his burial in Arlington. Marine Cpl Michael L. Bleeker, his great nephew, escorted the remains from Hawaii to Knox and then to Washington for burial. Below is the caisson as the 3rd Infantry Regiment (Old Guard) Honor Guard move Howes to his final resting place in Arlington National Cemetery.
When Howes was declared missing in action, he was provided an "In Memory of" marker in Arlington cemetery. When he was returned and laid to final rest in Arlington, he was given a permanent stone. Below are both stones - the 'In Memory of" stone location in Arlington is center photo. He is survived by his brother Robert Lloyd Howes He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lindell Howes and Bonnie Andrews Howes and his sister Valerie Pulver Larew, all of Knox, Indiana.
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- - The Virtual Wall, December 21, 2013
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