From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Howard Garner '29

Date of birth: April 10, 1905

Date of death: April 9, 1943

Age: 37

Lucky Bag

From the 1929 Lucky Bag:


From the Courier-Journal on July 29, 1946

From The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky) on July 29, 1946

Posthumous award of the Lesion of Merit to Lt. Com. Howard Robert Garner, U.S.N., son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Garner, 945 Cherokee Road, killed in a training accident in 1943, was announced yesterday.

A native of Lawrenceburg, Garner graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1929 and from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1933. He was serving as assistant to the head of the preliminary design section, Bureau of Ships, conducting experiments in Chesapeake Bay and was lost when a ship he was testing capsized in April, 1943 [April 9, 1943]. The citation, presented to his daughter, Celia, 4, stated: "Realizing the growing importance of underwater demolition and protection systems. Lieutenant Commander Garner planned and executed tests in an underwater explosion testing program and then applied the results of these tests to new designs of warships. By his technical knowledge and leadership in this field he contributed immeasurably to the designing of underwater protection systems of new ships which were built in time to take an active part in the war, thereby furthering the progress of the war."

He is also listed on the MIT World War II Memorial.

Memorial Hall Error

Howard is not listed with his classmates. He was identified through the diligent efforts of Leslie Poche, a volunteer who combed through Shipmate issues to find operational losses not accounted for in Memorial Hall.

Class of 1929

Howard is one of 29 members of the Class of 1929 on Virtual Memorial Hall.