Kenneth “Rip” Eugene Howe

Kenneth “Rip” Eugene Howe

Age: 31
Branch: USNR
Rank(s): Ens.,D-V(S), Lt.
Unit: Scouts & Raiders
Station: Fort Pierce, FL

Fallen on: 30 Dec 1943
Location: Nettuno, Italy
Campaign: Operation Shingle

Medals & Commendations: Navy Cross Medal , Purple Heart Medal (awarded posthumously), Silver Star Medal (awarded posthumously)

Hometown: Madison, MO

Lt. Howe was one of two Scouts and Raiders who failed to return from a scouting mission before the Sicilian invasion. Both were officers, both had kayaks. Both had the mission of scouting the beaches prior to the invasion. Informed in October 1991 that Ensigns Howe and Pirro were executed as spies when captured while scouting landing sites in Sicily.