John Fredericks Howard, Sr. – Colonel, United States Army

From a contemporary press report:

John F. Howard Sr., 93, a retired Army olonel who spent most of his career as a supply officer in the quartermaster corps, died of pneumonia August 9, 1999 at the Goodwin House West in Falls Church, Virginia.

Colonal Howard, who had lived in the Washington area since 1987, was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He began his 32-year military career in 1923 as a lieutenant in the California National Guard.

During the early years of World War II, he served on the logistics and supply staff of the Army Western Defense Command headquartered in Pasadena, California. In 1944, he was assigned to the logistics staff at Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces in London and subsequently in France and Germany. He later became director of procurement of the Giessen Quartermaster Depot in Germany, where he was instrumental in planning Army logistics support of the Berlin Airlift.

He also was responsible for the procurement of military uniforms, special clothing and equipment during the Korean War as chief of purchasing for the Armed Forces at the Philadelphia Quartermaster Corps. He retired to California in 1955, then moved to the Washington area in 1987.

He was a member of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Dunn Loring.

Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Phebe E. Howard of Falls Church; two children, Joan Burgess of Falls Church and John F. Howard Jr. of Beverly Hills, Calif.; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.


On August 9, 1999, at Goodwin House West. Colonel John F. Howard of Falls Church, Virginia. Beloved husband of Phebe F. Howard. Father of Joan H. Burgess and John F. Howard, Jr. He is also survived by six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Goodwin House West, 3440 S. Jefferson St., Falls Church, Virginia on Monday, August 16, 1999 at 10 a.m. Inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium on Tuesday, August 17, 1999, at 10 a.m. Everyone to meet at the Administration Building by 9:30 a.m.

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