Robert Lewis Howard (July 11, 1939 – December 23, 2009) was a highly decorated United States Army Special Forces soldier, who recieved the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War. He was wounded 14 times over 54 months of combat, was awarded 8 Purple Hearts, 4 Bronze Stars, and was nominated for the Medal of Honor three separate times. He was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on February 22, 2010.
He was Major Howard back then, and he used to run with us when they were torturing us out in Phase I. We all knew how shot up he was, and from our point of view he was older than dirt, even though I'm older now than he was then. I once heard a troop ask him, during one of those infamous Camp MacKall Death Runs through the ankle-gripping sands of the Pine Barrens; "Why do you do it, sir? Why do you run with us?"
"Because, son," he puffed, "this is what I do."
He was a Soldier's Soldier.