Theodore R. Howard

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Theodore R. Howard

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Theodore R. Howard


World War, 1939-1945


A newspaper clipping from the Saint Petersburg Times, entitled "Theodore R. Howard." The notice displays a photograph of Howard and reports that he graduated from the United States Naval Training School at Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia, on February 24, 1944. The article also acknowledges his older brother, Thomas, who at the time served in the Army Quartermaster Corps as a Master Sergeant in India.

Theodore and Thomas's father was Jeff Howard (1894-1962). Born and raised in Alachua, Florida, Howard's parents, Cage and Rachael Howard, worked as farmers. Before being drafted into the military during World War I, Jeff relocated to Clearwater, Florida, while working as an itinerant laborer on the Southern Railway Company in Marion, North Carolina. On January 16, 1918, Jeff married Francis Davis, and the couple welcomed their first son, Thomas Jefferson Howard, on July 1, 1918. After being drafted into the United States Army on July 18, 1918, Jeff eventually joined the 807th Pioneer Infantry. Serving overseas in France, Jeff and his unit served in a technical capacity, constructing and repairing roads, bridges, and railroads. However, the units also served on the front lines of battle, experiencing direct action with the enemy. Jeff and the 807th took part in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the last major engagement of the war, earning the Silver Band on the Pike of Colors of Lance of the Standards. Returning from overseas, Jeff settled briefly in Clearwater, working as a grove worker. During the 1920s, the family relocated to New Jersey, where a second son, Theodore Roosevelt Howard, was born on November 19, 1923, in New Brunswick. By 1930, the family returned to Clearwater, where Jeff continued working in the grove industry for the remainder of his working life. Both of his sons served in the military during World War II. Thomas served in the Army, while Theodore served in the Navy. Jeff died on August 29, 1962, and is buried in the Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Florida, at Row 39, Plot 5.

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program Project. The program engaged a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in the Florida National Cemetery available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing and fosters collaboration between students, faculty and local Central Florida schools to produce interactive curriculum for K-12 students. The corresponding website exhibit uses RICHES Mosaic Interface to create a digital archive of related data. The public can use the project-developed augmented-reality app at more than 100 gravesites at the Florida National Cemetery, where they can access the UCF student-authored biographies of veterans.



Digital reproduction of original newspaper article: "Theodore R. Howard." Tampa Bay Times, March 2, 1944: online database,


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ca. 1944-03-02




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Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia

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History Teacher


Originally created and published by Tampa Bay Times

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Copyright to this resource is held by the St. Petersburg Times and is provided here by RICHES for educational purposes only.


O'Neil, Rhiannon

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External Reference

Abney, Barb. "VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans Veterans." UCF Today, March 13, 2017. Accessed August 9, 2017.
Black, Jeremy. World War Two: A Military History. London [u.a]: Routledge, 2003.



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