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James Thomas Howard 

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1/2/1924 - 8/21/2015
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James Thomas Howard
11/1/1942 - 4/10/1970
(Shown at age 28)
James Thomas Howard was born on November 1, 1942 in Panama City, Florida and died on April 10, 1970 in Udorn Air Force Base, Thailand. He lived to be 27 years old.

He went by Tom. He had a wonderful smile and was the kinda guy that just lit up the place and no matter how down a person was Tom could usually cheer them up. He was such a great guy and friend to many.

He served with Air Force,SSCT 432 Combat Support Group and was first stationed at stationed at Pusan, Korea. He then was stationed in Udom Air Force Base, Thailand where Tom was a DJ on the local AFKN Radio Station. Tom was preforming his Disc Jocky duties in the radio station that was near the end of a runway. A jet lost power on takeoff and slammed into the station.
Census1/1/1945 Precinct 30 FL (Bay County) 2 yrs old 
W.T. Howard (age25) , Mrs. W.T. Howard (21), Mary Joan (4), James Thomas(2) & Wilborn D.(0). W.T. has a 6th gr. & (wife-Murtha) has 7th gr. education. W. T. was born in AL, his job is a burner. all other were born in FL.  Source:  FL St. census
Military4/10/1970 ZZ  27 yrs old 
Name: James T. Howard, Event Type: Death, Event Date: April 10, 1970, Event Place: Thailand, Casualty Type Non-Hostile, Died of Other Causes, Casualty Cause Note: Unknown, Not Reported, Military Unit: Air Force, Military Unit (Original): 432 COMBAT SUPPORT GP THAILAND, Military Rank: Staff Sergeant, Service Number: 263620032, Birth Date: Nov. 1, 1942, Residence Place: Panama City, Florida, United States, Panel: 12W 
Newspaper4/15/1970 Panama City FL (Bay County) 27 yrs old 
HEADLINE: Plane Mishap At Udom Site Kills PC Man
A 27-year-old Panama Citizen was listed Tuesday among the casualties left when a battle-scarred U. S- Air Force reconnaissance plane crashed in officers' quarters at Udom Air Base in northeastern Thailand Friday.
Dead is Air Force Staff Sergeant James T. Howard, son ot W. T. Howard of 2724 S. Gornall Avenue. SSgt. Howard was a radio-television technician with the Air Force. He had been in Thailand two months.
An official dispatch from Major Gen. R. G. DuPont, military personnel headquarters in Washington D.C., said Howard, a 1960 Bay High graduate, "died in Thailand on April 10 (Friday) as the result of suffocation caused from the aircraft crash."
The Air Force still has not established the total number of dead. First reports said three Americans definitely were killed and another 30 seriously injured. However, a spokesman for the Howard family said young Howard's body was not discovered until Tuesday morning during a detail search of debris.
A U. S. Embassy spokesman said the pilot of the RF4 jet was attempting an emergency landing at Udom when he lost control. Both crewmen ejected safely over the base, the aircraft, damaged by anti-aircraft fire over Laos, plunged into the barracks beside the runway, the spokesman said.
The aircraft exploded on impact and fire destroyed nine buildings, an officer's trailer and the building housing the of five of the Armed Forces Network, where Howard was stationed.
Funeral arrangements still are pending.
Panama City News, Wednesday Morning, April 15, 1970, Panama City, FL  
Newspaper4/18/1970 Tokyo XX  27 yrs old 
HEADLINE: 9 U.S. Airmen Named
BANGKOK (AP) The U.S. Embassy has released the names of nine American airmen killed last week when a battle damaged reconnaissance plane plunged into officers and quarters at Udom
RTAFB. The men, all attached to the 432nd Combat Support Group, were:
Airman l.C. Thomas L. Waterman, 25, Roanoke, Va.
S. Sgt. Alfred N. Potter, 28, Pawtucket, R.I.
T. Sgt. Frank D. Ryan Jr., 42, Mercer Island, Wash.
T. Sgt. Jack A. Hawley, 38, Norwalk, Ohio.
S. Sgt. Edward W. Strain, 25, Story City, Iowa.
Airman 1. C. Andrew C. McCartney, 21, Lakewood, Ohio.
Sgt. John C. Rose, 26, Bloomfield, N.J.
T. Sgt. Roy Walker, 41, San Antonio, Tex.
S. Sgt. James T. Howard, 28, Panama City, Fla.

Pacific Stars And Stripes April 18, 1970 Tokyo, Japan 
Graveyard/Tombstone4/20/1970 Panama City FL (Bay County) 27 yrs old 
James Thomas Howard - Birth: Nov. 1, 1942 Death: Apr. 10, 1970 - SSCT 432 Combat Support Group, Vietnam - Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cem. Panama City, FL 

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15 1957 The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida is organized under the 1934 US Indian Reorganization Act and recognized by the federal government.
20 1962 The Seminole Tribe of Florida is organized under the 1934 US Indian Reorganization Act and recognized by the federal government.
4 1946 The university of Pennsylvania develops the ENIAC computer, containing 18,000 vacuum tubes
5 1947 Researches at Bell Labs invent the first transistor
9 1951 The first color television is introduced in the U.S.
10 1952 The first sex-change surgery was performed to change George Jorgensen into Christine Jorgensen.
15 1957 Sputnik is launched by the Soviets and becomes the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth. It marks the beginning of the great "space race" between the Soviet Union and the U.S.
18 1960 The ruby laser was created by Maiman
20 1962 U.S. astronaut, John Glenn, orbits the earth
23 1965 The first "space walk" was completed by the Soviet Union
8 1950 NEWS HEADLINES: On June 25, the Korean War begins and the United Nations officially declaring war on North Korea two days later.
13 1955 NEWS HEADLINES: Rosa Parks refuses to give her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, AL.
18 1960 NEWS HEADLINES: The first birth control pill was approved and made available to the public
21 1963 NEWS HEADLINES: On November 22, President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald.
27 1969 NEWS HEADLINES: In July, the U.S. becomes the first nation to land astronauts on the moon. Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to step on the lunar surface.
28 1970 NEWS HEADLINES: U.S. forces invade Cambodia and the Vietnam War continues to escalate. Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix die of drug overdoses. Four Kent State University students are killed during a Vietnam War protest.
1 1943 Japanese Americans are relocated to internment camps; Almost 400,000 coal miners go on strike; Race riots break out in Los Angeles and Detroit.
2 1944 On June 6, Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day")
3 1945 President Roosevelt dies; The United Nations is established; the first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.
12 1954 The nationally televised McCarthy hearings lead to Senator Joseph McCarthy's downfall; Segregation by race in schools is declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court; Congress adds the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance and requires "In God We Trust" to appear on all American currency.
20 1962 The Cuban missile crisis escalates and Americans prepare for a Nuclear War with Fidel Castro in Cuba.
24 1966 The Black Panther party is founded.
25 1967 Martin Luther King leads an anti Vietnam protest in New York; The American Indian Movement is founded; Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King are assassinated; Three Apollo astronauts are killed in a fire on the launch pad.
3 1945 World War II ends with a Japanese delegation signing instrument of surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
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