HOWELL, Donald S.  
Name:  Howell, Donald S.
Date of birth: April 14th, 1925 (Mercer County/Ohio, Uniited States)
Date of death:  November 30th, 2009 (Celina/Ohio, United States)
Nationality:  American
Service number: 529977, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.
Rank: Private First Class
Unit: Company E, Second Battalion, Twenty-Eighth Marines, Fifth Marine Division
Action: Citation:
"For extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as a Machine Gunner of Company E, Second Battalion, Twenty-Eighth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on 4 March 1945. While engaged in an attack against well-entrenched enemy forces, Private First Class Howell found himself the sole survivor of his machine-gun squad. When extremely heavy machine-gun and mortar fire immobilized his platoon, he located a point well forward of his present position from which to deliver more effective fire and assist his platoon in gaining fire superiority. Picking up his machine gun, tripod and box of ammunition, he boldly ran forward thirty yards to the new position and, placing his gun into action, fired into the flank of the Japanese emplacements. By his skill, aggressive fighting spirit and courage in remaining at his position, Private First Class Howell aided his platoon in regaining the initiative in the attack, thereby upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
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Information source(s):   - Sterner C.D., Recipients of The Navy Cross, 1916 - Present
- Gallipolis Daily Tribune
- Family Records
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