In Memory of
U.S. Army Master Sergeant Watertown, South Dakota
Codington County

September 12, 1918—May 21, 1954
Died non-battle in Fern Creek, Kentucky


Harold G. Howey was born on September 12, 1918, in Lake Township in Codington County, South Dakota. He is one of eight children, two sons and six daughters, of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus T. Howey. Harold attended Watertown High School and graduated in 1936.

Once out of high school, he joined the army in 1937. During WW II, Sergeant Howey served in Africa, Sicily, Italy, where he survived two combat wounds. He was decorated for bravery, receiving the Distinguished Service Cross, during the Sicily Campaign when he led his boat crew up a cliff and was wounded in the process. He also received the Purple Heart award. Howey went on to be a member of the Army of Occupation in Germany from 1945 to 1953. After returning to the United States, he was stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Master Sgt. Harold G. Howey died on May 21, 1954, in Fern Creek, Kentucky, as a result of a fatal car accident. His body was returned to South Dakota and he was buried with military honors at Mount Hope Cemetery in Watertown.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Julie Williams, 8th Grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 13, 2004. The information for this entry was provided by the Watertown Public Opinion, May 25, 1954 issue. Profile approved by Mrs. Lottie Strohfus, sister.