Born in Hurlock, Maryland on February 19, 1902, Captain Howeth was a 1925 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland.
He served aboard the USS SALT LAKE CITY (CA 25) from July 1939 to April 1942; following this tour he reported aboard the USS CLEVELAND (CL 55). In January, 1943, Captain Howeth was assigned to Washington, D.C. as Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Chief of Naval Communications for Communication Supplementary activities. The following April, he was appointed Assistant Officer in Charge, Fleet Radio Unit Pacific and Officer in Charge, Mid- Pacific Network, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
From September 1944 until his retirement on July 1, 1955, Captain Howeth continued to serve in his Communications Specialty heading operations and assisting communications directors. He will be remembered for his ground-breaking book: “A History of Communications-Electronics in the U.S. Navy,” published in 1963, with an introduction by Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, a work that is still referenced to this day.
Captain Howeth’s decorations include: the Legion of Merit with Gold Star in lieu of a 2nd award; Navy Unit Commendation Medal; 2nd Nicaraguan Campaign Medal; American Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 stars; and World War II Victory Medal.
Retired Captain Linwood Sylvester Howeth, USN, Communications specialist, died Monday February 28, 1972 at Memorial Hospital, Easton, Maryland. He was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
Source: NCVA Echeos from Our Past