Captain Linwood Sylvester Howeth, USN
February 19, 1902 – February 28, 1972
His biography follows:
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 when 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: Echoes of our Past
21 February 2021 at 03:49
Interesting (but way too brief) message about Captain Howeth. I didn’t know that he had served aboard USS SALT LAKE CITY. It was even more interesting that his tour aboard SLC coincided with that of Captain Ellis M. Zacharias!
Zacharias, quite possibly the Navy’s finest intelligence officer of the WWII years, 1939-1945, was CO of the SLC from 15 November 1940 to 26 May 1942. Lieutenant Howeth reported aboard SALT LAKE CITY on 3 July 1939. Then Lieutenant Commander Howeth was detached from SLC while the ship was in drydock number 2 at Pearl Harbor on 18 March 1942.
In January 1942, Captain Zacharias testified to the Roberts Commission investigating Pearl Harbor that he believed “we had an excellent and efficient intelligence organization working” in Hawaii as of 1 December 1941.
I tip my hat and salute every one of you folks, past, present and future involved in communications intelligence!
Thank you all for your work that is, always, very well done!
Andy McKane, 1748, 20 February 2021 local time, Maunaloa, Molokai, Hawaii.