Today, August 1, 2011, WO3 George Andrew (Andy) Howes comes home to Knox, Indiana. It’s been over 40 years, way too long, but he is finally home. The whole town is expected to welcome home their hero.
Escorted by a family member currently serving in Afghanistan he is flying in from the Central Intelligence Laboratory in Hawaii (CILHI) arriving at Indianapolis International Airport this afternoon Family, friends and comrades will be on the airport ramp to meet the plane and remove the casket from the aircraft. A brief service will be conducted by a chaplain as Andy is placed in the coach. From there the motorcade procession will depart to Knox, Indiana.
His memorial service which includes the whole town of Knox will be held Tuesday, August 2. After this service Andy will make the final leg of his journey home to his resting place at Arlington National Cemetery. Burial ceremony begins at 0900 Friday, August 5 at the Fort Myer Chapel with full military honors.
Andy was listed MIA Vietnam on January 10, 1970. He was co-pilot of Firebird 91 when returning from a combat mission the helicopter gunship went down. The crew of four were lost in a unfortunate casualty of war.
Remember our fallen heroes. Welcome home Andy Howes!