CARTER A HOWELL
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HONORED ON PANEL 2W, LINE 113 OF THE WALL

CARTER AVERY HOWELL

WALL NAME

CARTER A HOWELL

PANEL / LINE

2W/113

DATE OF BIRTH

04/08/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/07/1972

HOME OF RECORD

FAYETTEVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Cumberland County

STATE

NC

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

CAPT

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STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

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POSTED ON 8.15.2014
POSTED BY: Bob Bonn

Remembering Carter

I was Carter's pilot training classmate at Selma AFB, AL. He was well respected as the best natural pilot in the class. He had an infectuous sense of humor and a gentle soul. He was always there for those who were struggling with the training program. I have his name rubbing framed and on the wall facing my bedroom door. It is the first thing I see every day I awaken. Never forget him--he gave the last full meaure for his country, and for us.

The picture that shows as first in this memorial photo series is not Carter, but his back seater, Stephen Rusch, who has in the same s F-4 that was shot down over southern Laos. Stephen's remains have been recovered, bur Carter has yet to be found and returned home.
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POSTED ON 8.15.2014
POSTED BY: Bob Bonn

Remembering Carter

I was Carter's pilot training classmate at Selma AFB, AL. He was well respected as the best natural pilot in the class. He had an infectuous sense of humor and a gentle soul. He was always there for those who were struggling with the training program. I have his name rubbing framed and on the wall facing my bedroom door. It is the first thing I see every day I awaken. Never forget him--he gave the last full meaure for his country, and for us.

The picture that shows as first in this memorial photo series is not Carter, but his back seater, Stephen Rusch, who has in the same s F-4 that was shot down over southern Laos. Stephen's remains have been recovered, bur Carter has yet to be found and returned home.
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POSTED ON 6.9.2014

Final Mission of 1LT Carter A. Howell

The Phantom, used by Air Force, Marine and Navy air wings, served a multitude of functions including fighter-bomber and interceptor, photo and electronic surveillance. The two man aircraft was extremely fast (Mach 2), and had a long range (900 - 2300 miles, depending on stores and mission type). The F-4 was also extremely maneuverable and handled well at low and high altitudes. Most pilots considered it one of the "hottest" planes around. 1LT Carter A. Howell was the pilot and 1LT Stephen A. Rusch the co-pilot of an F-4E Phantom from the 4th Tactical Fighter Squadron based at Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam. On March 7, 1972, the two were sent on an operational mission over Laos. During the mission their aircraft was seen to impact the ground while making a run on a target. No parachutes were seen and no emergency beepers were heard to indicate the crew was safe. However, the opportunity existed for the two to safely eject, and they were not declared dead, but missing in action. The loss occurred about 25 miles east of the town of Ban Toumlan in Saravane Province, Laos. When American involvement in Southeast Asia ended with the signing of the Paris Peace agreements, prisoners of war, it was agreed, would be released. The country of Laos, meanwhile, not having been included in the peace talks, announced publicly that prisoners of war held in Laos would be released from Laos. The U.S. never negotiated for the release of these men. Not one American serviceman held in Laos was released, although nearly 600 went down there, and many survived their crashes and were known to have been captured. [Narrative taken from pownetwork.org; image from wikipedia.org]
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POSTED ON 4.28.2014
POSTED BY: Roger Cannady

Remembering a Great PIlot

Carter and I were in Pilot Training UPT71-04 at Craig AFB together. We were best friends, and shared family meals, and even our first born were about the same time. He was the best pilot that I ever met, the airplane was just an extension of his body. Carter was number 3 in our class and I was number 4. Carter got the F4, I got the C141. The rest is history.
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POSTED ON 10.18.2013
POSTED BY: John Eldredge

Remembering Carter

I was his roomate, my first year at The Bolles School. I admired and looked up to him. He was two years older than me, so I lost his companionship after one year. Even as a teenager, he wanted to go the Citadel and then fly. Cannot begin to express my sorrow. He was instrumental in turning my head around and getting me to where I too went to college and then volunteered for service in the Army (Artillery). Much of what I am today is due to Carter Howell. He was more than a good soldier and pilot, he was a righteous man.
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