#USSHoward hosts Vietnam War 'Battle of Hill 488' survivors
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- History was made June 17 pierside at Naval Base San Diego during a touching reunion 50 years in the making. Sailors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83) were treated to a firsthand account history lesson from the remaining survivors of the Battle of Hill 488, a conflict from the Vietnam War. Bill Norman, Joe Kosoglow, Dan Mulvihill, and Ray Hildreth -- Marine Corps veterans and members of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division -- shared their stories with Howard's Sailors and the "Howard sisters", who are the daughters of 1st Sgt. Jimmie E. Howard, the ship's namesake. The small platoon was serving under Howard's charge during the Battle of Hill 488, the Vietnam mission where he earned the Medal of Honor. The visit coincided with the 50th anniversary of the June 15, 1966 battle and was the first time in nearly 50 years members o...