Howard Leroy Hoard

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  • Name: Howard Leroy Hoard
  • Location of Birth: Cohasset, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: February 3, 1925
  • Date of Death: September 16, 1996 (71 years old)
  • Parents: Peter A. Hoard and Nettie (Davis) Hoard
  • High School and Class: 1943 - Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: February 1, 1943 (enlistment date)
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  • Date of Discharge: February 28, 1946 (release date)
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  • Military Highlights:
    Howard was a United States Navy veteran among the first wave at Normandy and later served in the South Pacific.

    Information from the United States, World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:
    Name: Howard Leroy Hoard
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Age: 21
    Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head)
    Birth Date: February 3, 1925
    Birth Place: Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Cohasset, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: March 6, 1946
    Registration Place: Cohasset, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Employer: Unemployed
    Height: 5' 11"
    Weight: 157
    Complexion: Light
    Hair Color: Brown
    Eye Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Peter Hoard (father)

    Information from the United States, World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949:
    Name: Howard Leroy Hoard
    Ship, Station or Activity: Botetourt
    Ship Number or Designation: APA-136
    Muster Date: January 31, 1945

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Howard grew up in Cohasset, Minnesota. He married Betty Perkins on September 18, 1946, in Cohasset, Minnesota. The couple made their home in Cohasset where he worked at United States Steel.

    In 1961, the couple moved to Babbitt, Minnesota, where he was employed by the Reserve Mining Company as a jet driller until his retirement in 1984. He was employed in the mining industry for over 36 years. He also owned and operated Hoard Construction Company.

    Howard was a member of the VFW Legion Post 1539, the American Legion Post 535, the Senior Citizens Center, all of Babbitt, Minnesota; and the United Steel Workers Union Local No. 4757.

    Preceded in death by his twin brother, Harold in 1982 and a brother, Clarence, in 1943, he is survived by his wife, Betty; two sons, Howard Michael and Gerald; three daughters, Linda Quance, Patricia Johnson, and Rebecca Constant; three sisters, Glenice Flug, Verna Mae Gravelle, and Virginia Ploof; sixteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

    Howard died at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota.

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