Howard MacDonald Pyle, Jr

Army of the United States
18 October 1948 - 12 August 1969
Pleasantville, New York
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Bronze Star (Valor), Purple Heart, Army Commendation (Valor), National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Howard MacDonald Pyle, Jr

08 Apr 2008


by his brother,
Gregg Pyle

28 Apr 2008

Roses are red violets are blue,
I love my brother
and so would you.

He is a true American hero as are the men who had the mission to serve with him. They sacrificed everything for you... Their love, their families, their passion, their belongings, their guts, their blood and soul ... and we should thank them for their sacrifice! They are true American heroes and should never be forgotten! I salute and thank all the men and women who served in Vietnam, and welcome you home ... thank you for your for your service.

This is a very special thank you for a special group of people, the men and women such as my brother's best friends - Tommy Mulvahill, James Sprout, Hank Parker, David Fitchpatrick, Jim Kustes, and a special thank you to the families of Theodus Stanley, Eugene Inge, and Paul Dunn who truly miss their loved ones as much as I miss mine. I have and still feel your pain.

"Greater love hath no man than this,
That a man lay down his life for his friends."

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived."
- General George S. Patton -

From his brother,
Gregg W. Pyle
Charleston, South Carolina

11 Jun 2008

Dear Howie,

Over the past three years I have come to know and love you as my own brother. I am certain you were instrumental in bringing me and your brother together and in so doing subsequently reunited many of your brothers-in-arms. This has bought comfort, new understanding and healing for many of them although, as I am sure you know, some of them still have a hard road ahead. When you left to fight for your country you left a family which loved you and longed for the day you would return home and the war would be over. You never did come home and your family was never the same again, they never recovered from the loss of their son and brother. I cannot begin to comprehend what they went through and many times I look at my own son who is not much older than you were when you joined the Army and I think "There but for the grace of God..."

What you saw, had to endure and the task that was set you was so much more than any of you should have had to experience. You are in my heart and thoughts every day and I am so proud that I have had the privilege of being able to come to know you, Yodo, Paul, Enge and all the guys who are now part of my life. Your baby brother Gregg has grown into a good man and is fiercely proud of you; he may have lost you and all the years you should have been able to enjoy together but because of these guys he has been able to see you living again through their eyes and they are now like brothers to him.

Thank you for your service, Howie Pyle...
With love and pride,
E-mail address is not available.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 12 August 1969 B Battery, 5/27th Artillery, lost two men to enemy mortar fire on FSB SHERRY, located about 8 kilometers north-northwest of Phan Thiet City: CPL Howard M. Pyle and PFC Theodus M. Stanley of Akron, Ohio.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 08 Apr 2008
Last updated 08/10/2009