We shall not forget


The Citadel Class of: 1929
Cadet Company: C (4), C – Corporal (3)
Age: 36
Born: April 12, 1908 in Abbeville, SC
Hometown: Abbeville, SC
Family: Torrance Howie (father), Cora Dry Howie (mother), Elizabeth Payne
Howie (wife), Sally Howie Jebson (daughter)
Rank: Major
Branch of Service: Virginia National Guard / U.S. Army
Servicenumber: O-261582
Entered the Service from: Virginia
Function: Battalion Commander
Regiment: 116th Infantry Regiment
Battalion: 3rd
Division: 29th Infantry Division
Date of death: 17-Jul-44
Status: KIA
Place of death: La Maddeleine, France
Spot: Killed by mortar fragment while preparing to lead his battalion into St Lo, France
Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Croix de Guerre, Legion of Honor
Gravenumber: Plot G Row 14 Grave 12
Cemetery: Normandy American Cemetery
Biography: Biography on Wikipedia
Other information: Activities – Member of the football team that went 7-3, Substitute Member of the Honor System
– Source: Sphinx 1927

“The Major of St. Lo” Thomas Dry Howie Tower and Carillon on The Citadel campus,
Charleston, South Carolina. more info


Headquarters 29th Infantry Division
Office of the Commanding General

Award of the Silver Star

MAJ THOMAS D. HOWIE, 0264158, Inf, 116th Inf, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy
in Normandy, France. On 16 July 1944, the 3d Battalion, 116th Infantry, commanded by Maj Howie
launched a night attack against the enemy in the vicinity of Martinville. The troops were instructed not
to fire upon the enemy, but to drive them from their prepared positions with the bayonet and hand
grenades. After making limited progress against the enemy, the battalion was met by intense enemy
fire from its front and flanks. Noting that the progress of the advance had been adversely affected by
the enemy fire, Maj Howie moved to and remained with the forward elements of his battalion where
by personal example and words of encouragement he instilled confidence and esprit in the hard-
pressed troops to such a degree that the mission was successfully accomplished. Shortly after
daybreak while still directing operations against the enemy, Maj Howie was mortally wounded by mortar
fire. The unquestionable courage, intrepidity, and exemplary devotion to duty displayed by Maj Howie
reflect great credit upon himself and the Military Service. Entered Military Service from Virginia.

Major General, U.S. Army,

Sources: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Citadel Archive & Museum, Mike Stannard ’65, Bob Mebane ’80, Steve Smith ’84, Sphinx 1926 & 1927

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