Rattler/Firebird Association

George Andrews Howes

Name George Andrews Howes
Rank/Grade CWO - W3 - Army - Reserve
Age 28
Marital Status Single
Race Caucasian
Gender Male
Date of Birth Jun 16, 1950
From Knox, Indiana
Length of Service {Service}
Tour Began Sep 14, 1969
Casualty Date * Nov 06 1978
Hostile/Non-Hostile   Non-Hostile, died missing
Body Recovered No
Religion Protestant

Vietnam Memorial


Panel 14W - - Line 23
George Andrews Howes

Visitor Comments

Posted by:D. Johnson
Relationship:Wore a pow/mia bracelet with his name.
Comments:Was in contact with one of his friends, who could get you in touch with the family. The sister has passed away. You can contact me at the above e-mail.

Posted by:Robert Combs
Date:Wednesday, March 8, 2006 5:52 PM UTC
Relationship:Comrade in Arms
From:Weatherford, TX
Comments:I had the pleasure of knowing Andy when I was a warrant officer aviator (Rattler 20 / Firebird 97) with the 71st AHC in 1969. I had flown with him as my co-pilot several times. In a setting where good humor was badly needed, Andy always provided. In addition to be a good guy, a good pilot and a very funny guy, Andy was a pleasure to work with. I was on R&R when the aircraft flown by Andy and Herb Crosby disappeared. Any loss in combat is tragic, but I really felt the loss of these two fine guys and the crewmen. I heard in the 70's that Andy's sister became a leader in the Kansas POW /MIA group. I would love to talk with her if anyone knows a contact. To this day, I proudly display a POW / MIA sticker on my truck, my Harley and my helmet in honor of this lost air crew. I have touched thier names on The Wall, and tried to explain to my son about loss and sacrifice, friendship and courage.

Posted by:Brenda Wendt
Date:Saturday, May 27, 2006 12:37 AM UTC
Relationship:Live in his hometown
From:Knox, IN
Comments:Every year for the last 6 years on Memorial Day we have a candle light service for Andy. And on Veterans Days we do a program at the high school where he graduated. He will never be forgotten. May he be forever at peace in God's hands.

Posted by:Donn " Mixer " Wilimzik
Date:Tuesday, January 16, 2007 6:19 PM UTC
Relationship:Dear Friend, almost Family
From:Crown Point, IN
Comments:Andy and I went through Flight School together. Flew to Cam Ranh Bay and then seperated to differnt Units. Upon my return to the States, I got his MIA/POW bracelet and have never taken it off. His Sister and I researched his disappearance and I am still continuing it. Mixer A Troop - 7/1 Air Cav Cobra Pilot

Posted by:Ann Howes
Date:Friday, June 29, 2007 9:04 PM UTC
From:Arlington, Texas
Comments:Recent information from the Department of Defense reconfirms that Andy's remains have not been located, suggesting that he was not with the other crewmen. Unconfirmed reports place him in the hands of the Viet Cong and then the North Vietnamese. DoD received dog tags with Andy's name on them but they are determined NOT to be military-issued. Robert Combs -- please contact me at [email protected]

Posted by:Victoria Migala
Date:Friday, October 8, 2010 3:10 PM UTC
Relationship:Bracelet Wearer
From:Fort Campbell, Ky
Comments:Received his bracelet back in the late 70,s. Been wearing it ever since. I now live where the 160th live and have a few friends whom I worry about every day as they are now in harms way.

Posted by:Gary Watkis
Date:Friday, December 24, 2010 1:02 PM UTC
Relationship:High School Classmate / Friend
From:Newark, Delaware
Comments:Andy and I were high school classmates and graduated in 1968. I saw Andy several times when he was home on leave before being deployed to Vietnam, and remember him as a soldier who was very dedicated and committed to helping his country. He was a good friend and a fine person whom we dearly miss. God Bless you Andy.

Posted by:Will King
Date:Tuesday, January 4, 2011 7:02 PM UTC
Relationship:High School Classmate and friend
Comments:I remember Andy. We were both in the Knox High School Class of 1968. He was I nice guy and a good student. I always thought (just maybe) one day he would show up at one of our class reunions. Welcome home Andy and may god bless you.

Posted by:Lynn M. Kazmierowski
Date:Thursday, January 6, 2011 1:26 AM UTC
Relationship:Fellow FIREBIRD
From:Lansing, Illinois
Comments:I only knew Andy for a short time, I was completing my year and he was just getting started with the FIREBIRDS. I am glad to have known him for that short time. There is some peace in knowing that they found Andy and the rest of his FIREBIRD crew - Herby, Wayne and Francis ..... welcome back home.

Brothers Forever


Posted by:Ann Howes
Date:Friday, January 7, 2011 7:30 PM UTC
From:Arlington Texas
Comments:In December 2010 the family was notfied and has accepted that the remain of Andy have been identified. Burial services are pending.

Any one wishing to have their POW bracelet sent to the family and interred with the remains may send the bracelet to: Ann Howes 2022 Warnford Place Arlington Texas 76015.

The entire Howes Family is most appreciative of those who have remembered Andy all these years.

Posted by:Edie Simmons Huffman
Date:Sunday, January 16, 2011 2:50 AM UTC
Relationship:Classmate at KHS
Comments:I was in school with Andy (graduated in 1969) and a friend of his sister Valerie and his mother Bonnie (a mentor and one of the reasons I became a librarian). I have thought about Andy for years and was so pleased to find out through the Leader of 1/13/2011 that his remains had been identified. I am so sad we lost him but so glad his fate is now know. May he rest with God and his family be comforted.

Posted by:Calvin Mongomery
Date:Friday, January 21, 2011 1:06 AM UTC
Relationship:graduated with Andy in 1968 from Knox H
From:Plymouth, Indiana
Comments:My fondest memory of Andy was of him having an ice skating party, and Andy trying to teach me how to ice skate,my mind often wondered to Andy especially on Memorial Day. Rest in peace dear Andy Howes.

Posted by:Charlene Howard
Date:Sunday, January 23, 2011 3:50 PM UTC
From:Asheville, NC
Comments:Andy was a wonderful young man, full of energy and loved to joke and tease. I have thought of him often over the years and am glad that there can now be closure for him and for his family. God Bless you and thank you, Andy!

Posted by:Robin Manzer
Date:Sunday, June 12, 2011 1:48 AM UTC
Relationship:wore bracelet
From:South Bend IN
Comments:I have a bracelet that I was hoping to pass on to a family member who may want it. Please contact me by email

Posted by:Lynn Minier
Date:Saturday, July 2, 2011 4:39 PM UTC
Relationship:Wore Bracelet
From:South Bend
Comments:I also would like to pass on the bracelet I wore to his family or Local legion that honors him. Please let me know where to bring it. I would also like visit his grave site of someone could provide me that info.

Posted by:Shannon Briggs
Date:Friday, July 29, 2011 3:00 PM UTC
Relationship:Brother in Arms
From:Terre Haute
Comments:Andy arrives in Indianapolis at 1:54 PM Eastern on 1 August. Welcome home, brother.... welcome home.

Posted by:Joseph s. Sottile jr.
Date:Monday, August 1, 2011 6:01 PM UTC
Relationship:Fellow CWO and former RVN UH1C A/C
Comments:I had the honor of flying CWO Howes remains back from Hawaii today. As a retired Army CW4 and former Vietnam pilot (I flew UH1C with the 57th and 189th AHC in 69 and 70) it was a special privilege to be the Captain on US Airways flight 125 from HNL to PHX. Welcome home George.

Posted by:Cheryl Bobo Brewer
Date:Tuesday, August 2, 2011 1:57 PM UTC
Relationship:Classmate/ Friend
From:North Judson, In
Comments:Andy was a friend to all that he met. I am so grateful the family finally has him home. Thought of him often. He was the greatest.

Posted by:Shai Bardfield
Date:Tuesday, August 2, 2011 10:21 PM UTC
Relationship:Fellow Warrant Officer / Helicopter Pilo
From:Fort Belvoir
Comments:I did not know Andy personally, but I have the distinct honor of leading the Fly-over during his internment service on the 5th of August at Arlington National Cemetery. Nothing fills me with pride more than paying respects to a fallen hero. Thank you to all his family and friends and hope I am able to pay him the proper respect he deserves.

Posted by:j cerny
Date:Thursday, August 4, 2011 4:34 AM UTC
Comments:Thank you Andy! we are free because of men like you and you will never be forgoten, rest in peace.

Posted by:Ellis N. Denton
Date:Saturday, August 6, 2011 3:02 AM UTC
Relationship:Fellow Aviator
From:New Palestine, IN.
Comments:Rest well my fellow brother, your peacefull sleep is so over do. I feel the strength of your family, and celibrate in there happiness that you have taken the "Free Bird" home.


Posted by:Julie Sandman
Date:Sunday, May 27, 2012 3:51 PM UTC
Relationship:Wore his bracelet with pride!
From:Dakota Dunes, SD
Comments:I wore his bracelet for many years with so much pride of "knowing" George. In recent years my husband and I have met and become close friends of Bud Day who was also a POW at the Hanoi Hilton. "My POW George Howes" always come to mind when talking with Bud. My husband is now serving our county in the Air National Guard. He and a group of his comrands sponsor a POW/MIA 24 Hour Run in memory of our POW/MIA members. This run is close to my heart and I would like for the family of George Howes to know I think of him often and what he has done to give me the life I have. Bless you all! And God Bless the USA!

Posted by:Sherry Cunningham
Date:Sunday, June 8, 2014 4:19 AM UTC
Comments:Like others who posted in the past, I also wore a George Howes POW bracelet for many years, thinking and praying for him, and his family, every day. Mine is also available to any of family member who would like it. Just send me an email.


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