By Jean Kavale

partially simply because he used to be a descendant of progressive battle heroes, Howard Louis Peckham's love for his nation began early. After his dream of graduating from West element got here real, he served for two decades 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 place of work. whereas serving simultaneously as a member of the Army-Navy Petroleum Board, he testified sooner than Congress approximately military petroleum wishes. For his meritorious paintings of deciding to buy fuels and allocating them to our militia around the world, he used to be offered a exotic carrier Medal. 

In postwar Paris, Howard Peckham headed the yankee Graves Registration Command and back greater than 80,000 American battle lifeless to the us. nearly 60,000 others have been interred in ten everlasting American cemeteries in Europe, graded and built below his command. After his go back to the U.S., he served in hugely accountable positions till his military retirement in 1956. As a civilian, his patriotic carrier persisted while he labored for the unfastened Europe Committee, which used to be being secretly funded via the CIA, and traveled in a foreign country to satisfy with Western eu diplomats. His objective used to be to get them extra interested in the Committee's paintings. countries at the back of the Iron Curtain peacefully free of Communist domination, Howard Peckham believed, may verify extra defense for the USA. responsibility, kingdom, and patriotism could proceed to dominate his lifestyles to the tip. (This publication is the author's moment variation of "A Salute to Patriotism.")

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