Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Melvin C. Howell

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Melvin C. Howell

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Evansville, Ind. Melvin C. Howell, 75, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away on Monday, March 17, 2014, at his home.

Melvin was born on September 21, 1938, in Evansville, Indiana. He attended Culver Grade School and Bosse High School. Melvin married Thelma Tremper on Christmas Eve 1957. They immediately left for Rhode Island where Melvin was stationed in the United States Navy. While stationed in Rhode Island, their son, Randy was born. Melvin was then based in Argentina, Newfoundland, followed by Pensacola, Florida and then San Di- Culver Grade School and Bosse High School. Melvin married Thelma Tremper on Christmas Eve 1957. They immediately left for Rhode Island where Melvin was stationed in the United States Navy. While stationed in Rhode Island, their son, Randy, was born. Melvin was then based in Argentina, Newfoundland, followed by Pensacola, Florida and then San Diego, California.

While stationed in Pensacola, he received the rank of First Class Chief Petty Officer and was featured on the front page of (All Hands) Naval magazine stating he was the youngest First Class Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy. While serving as a helicopter pilot on the U.S.S. Hornet during the Vietnam war, he received the distinguished Flying Cross for a rescue mission in North Vietnam. While in San Diego, he and Thelma had the privilege to attend dinner with Elmo Zamwault, the Chief of Naval Operations. Melvin retired after 20 years in the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander. He returned home to Evansville, Indiana, and was employed at United States Postal Service as a letter carrier.

After retirement, Melvin became a dedicated member of Germania Maennerchor. He was a past officer and on numerous committees. He spent most of his time there with his friends. He was a member of the Germania Maennerchor choir and enjoyed singing at different activities and churches and nursing homes. He also played in the Rhein Valley Brass. …

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