By Jean Kavale

in part simply because he was once a descendant of progressive struggle heroes, Howard Louis Peckham's love for his nation begun early. After his dream of graduating from West element got here precise, he served for 20 years within the U.S. military Corps of Engineers. In 1942 he transferred to the Quartermaster Corps and went to Washington, the place he headed the Fuels and Lubricants department of the Quartermaster General's workplace. whereas serving at the same time as a member of the Army-Navy Petroleum Board, he testified sooner than Congress approximately military petroleum wishes. For his meritorious paintings of paying for fuels and allocating them to our militia around the world, he was once provided a unique provider Medal. 

In postwar Paris, Howard Peckham headed the yankee Graves Registration Command and lower back greater than 80,000 American conflict useless to the USA. nearly 60,000 others have been interred in ten everlasting American cemeteries in Europe, graded and developed lower than his command. After his go back to the USA, he served in hugely in charge positions till his military retirement in 1956. As a civilian, his patriotic carrier persisted while he labored for the loose Europe Committee, which used to be being secretly funded through the CIA, and traveled out of the country to satisfy with Western ecu diplomats. His target was once to get them extra inquisitive about the Committee's paintings. countries in the back of the Iron Curtain peacefully free of Communist domination, Howard Peckham believed, may confirm extra protection for the us. accountability, kingdom, and patriotism may proceed to dominate his existence to the tip. (This publication is the author's moment version of "A Salute to Patriotism.")

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