Remembering Robert L. Howard: America’s Most Highly Decorated SoldierThe Veterans Site
You want to meet a hero? Have you ever heard of Robert L. Howard?
Robert L. Howard was a United States Army Special Forces soldier who served in the Army from 1956 to 1992. Howard was wounded 14 times over 54 months of combat.
Among his many honors include the Medal of Honor, eight Purple Hearts, a Distinguished Service Cross, a Silver Star, and four Bronze Stars.
He was nominated for the Medal of Honor three separate times over a 13-month period, but received lesser medals for the first two nominations, which were for actions performed in Cambodia where the U.S. was fighting covertly.
He received the Medal of Honor for his actions on November 16, 1967 in North Vietnam, his third nomination.
He retired from the US Army after 36 years of service as a full colonel, and the most highly decorated service member on active duty.
He died as a result of pancreatic cancer, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on February 22, 2010. At the time of his death he was the most decorated living Medal of Honor recipient.
Check out this video where Howard talks about his time serving in the military and the memories of fighting for our country.