On Monday’s NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams updated viewers on possibly the most decorated American war hero of the modern era, Colonel Robert Howard, as the Vietnam War veteran was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetary. Williams had taken a moment on his show in December to commemorate his passing. On Monday, Williams recounted:
Robert Howard was laid to rest today at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Bob was a recipient of the Medal of Honor. He died back in December. He was the most heavily decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. He was wounded 14 times over 54 months of combat. He received eight Purple Hearts, four Bronze Stars, nominated for the Medal of Honor three separate times. Twenty of his fellow Medal of Honor recipients were there today to see their old friend off. The American flag was presented to his son Robert Jr. Bob Howard was 70 years old.