ADAMS - Lt. Col. Howard R. (USAF Retired), formerly ofClinton, MD, died July 7, 2013 at the age of 90 at his home in West Babylon, NY. He is survived by his wife Bernice, six children, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Born in Roulette, PA, Howard attended the Milton Hershey School with his younger brother, Ronald, until graduating from Jr. College in 1942. In 1943 he joined the US Army Air Corps (present day USAF), with an exemplary 28 year military career, retiring in 1971. During WWII he participated in thirty B29 bombing missions in the Pacific arena over Japan. Later, he served in the 46th Recon Squadron, photographing and charting Arctic Ice flows over the North Pole and the former Soviet Union. It was on one of those missions in 1947 their B-29 was forced to crash-land on a frozen lake in northern Greenland, and were stranded for 3+ days in sub-zero temps, all eleven crew members were rescued unscathed. Howard earned his Pilot' wings and commanded B29 Bombers, C47' s and B47 Stratojet Bombers. He served with NATO as a Liaision Officer in Europe; during the Vietnam conflict as Chief of Covert Actions in Laos; Howard was a briefing officer with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon and flew with both the Strategic Air Command and The Tactical Air Command. Among the many service medals he earned was the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, both Silver and Bronze Stars. After retiring from the USAF, he pursued many different interests. Funeral Mass at Holy Family Church, Fordham Avenue, Hicksville, NY at 11:15 AM on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.
Published in Newsday on July 11, 2013