Howard F. Carlson, World War II CasualtyPorter County Data on World War II Casualties . . . .

Howard F. Carlson
First Lieutenant, 321st Bomber Squadron, 90th Bomber Group, US Army Air Force
Cause of Death: Missing in Action
Monument: Fort William McKinley, Manila, The Philippines
Awards: Purple Heart, Air Medal
Hometown: Chesterton
Service Note: Howard F. Carlson was officially declared deceased by the miliary on January 8, 1946.

Newspaper Notices:

Present Air Medal Tues.

The first public presentation of an army or navy award to be made in Porter county will take place Tuesday evening, Feb. 8, in Chesterton high school auditorium when an air medal will be given to Mrs. H. F. Carlson for her son, 2nd Lieut. Howard F. Carlson, missing in action in the South Pacific.

The Sixth Service Command, Area D, District No. 3, with headquarters in Michigan City, will be in charge of the presentation. Capt. Temple R. Lovett, commander of the area, has arranged a program which includes music by the Chesterton high school band, advancing of the colors by Chesterton Post 170, American Legion; invocation by Rev. Walter Wilson; introduction of the presenting officer, reading of the citation, presentation of the medal, singing of the national anthem and returning of the colors and taps.

According to a letter received by Mrs. Carlson from Major General J. A. Ulio, Fort Hayes, Columbus, O., the Air Medal decoration was awarded by President Roosevelt for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight against the enemy.

The citation awarding Lt. Carlson the medal was made Sept. 15, 1943, by Lt. Gen. George C. Kenney, commander of the 5th Air Force in the Pacific area.

Besides Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Carlson, parents of Lt. Carlson, it is expected two of his sisters will be present for the ceremony. The public is invited to attend.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; February 5, 1944; Volume 17, Page 1, Column 5

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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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