In May I published an article about my Uncle Marvin (Marvin Wyche Howard -- A Life Well Lived). I wrote the following paragraph about his service In WWII:
"The United States entered World War II December 8, 1942. In 1943 Marvin
was commissioned Major in the Army and took command of the dredge Chester Harding.
and several other sea-going hopper dredges
were fitted with 3-inch deck guns and 20-millimeter antiaircraft guns,
and sent to Europe. Marvin, promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, was
designated commodore (a senior U.S. military captain who commanded
squadrons of more than one vessel). He was the first Army officer to
become commodore of a fleet of merchant vessels, in this case four
dredges that crossed the Atlantic."
A few days ago my cousin Dallie showed me the star (from the pennant that flew on his vessel) that Uncle Marvin brought home after the war.
Hand written on the star are these words: "US DREDGE Chester Harding Homeward Bound Pennant 1945 Commanding Officer M.W. Howard, Ocracoke, N.C."
Our current Ocracoke Newsletter is an account of Infant & Childhood
Mortality on Ocracoke. You can read it here: