In Memoriam: Byron Pearman Howlett, Jr.

In Memoriam: Byron Pearman Howlett, Jr.

 

July 1, 1929 - September 18, 2015

 

Byron Pearman Howlett, Jr., was a retired Colonel, U.S. Army, and retired Executive, USAA. Byron loved his family whose descendants went back to the American Revolutionary War. Byron was born on July 1, 1929, in Charleston, MO, and moved with his family to Monticello, AR, when he was three. He received a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 1951 and was retained there as an Assistant Football Coach. The Korean War was raging and he was soon drafted into service. After commissioning and flight training, he flew medical evacuation missions for 16 months in Korea. As he neared completion of his military obligation and thinking he would be returning to civilian life, he did graduate work at the Harvard Business School and received an MBA. It was at this point that he realized that he had felt strongly about serving his country and chose a military career over corporate. His greatest pride came from serving with the men of DUSTOFF flying medevac missions in both Korea and Vietnam. He earned many medals including the Silver Star. He remained in the Army for 31 years and retired as the Assistant Commandant at the Academy of Health Sciences at Fort Sam Houston. After military retirement he felt privileged to have a second career with USAA, which he considered one of the nation's most honorable companies.

Byron's family includes Billie-Kite, his college sweetheart and beloved wife of 63 years, sons Byron Pearman Howlett, III, and Anderson Howlett, deceased, and daughters, Lisa Howlett Cohick and husband, Don, and Linda Howlett and husband, Tony Hill, and five remarkable grandchildren.