Howard P. Summers was born March 12, 1925 and graduated from Central in 1942. He enlisted in the Navy in February and was given enough training to be in LST 288 at the invasion of Normandy on D-Day helping land troops and tanks on June 6, 1944. He continued to see action, and death, as long as landing craft were being used in France.
When the usefulness of that kind of ship was no longer crucial, Howard's mission was changed to the Pacific. In Seneca, Illinois he became part of the crew of a brand new LST, 1139, which went down the Mississippi, on through the Panama Canal and on to Japan to carry a battalion of Seabees extending runways for the new B-29 bombers in Japan. From the Fantail of 1139 Howard was one of many who witnessed the signing of the Japanese aboard the USS Missouri.
Essentially WWII was over for Howard. He returned to Pueblo, joined the Naval Reserve, enrolled at Pueblo Junior College and earned an Associates degree. Soon the Navy wanted him to go to Pensacola, Florida for flight training. After earning his wings and commission, Howard spent most of the rest of his naval career flying.
He was first part of a "hunter killer" squadron a cold war team designed to keep track of Soviet activity. That included dangerously icy landings in Argentia, Newfoundland. He was later an arrest and catapult officer on an aircraft carrier. He also flew into hurricanes, before retiring with the rank of Commander. He was given the same medal as the French Legion of Honor for his service on D-Day.