Hugh (Bud) E. Howard II (’68)

Category: Army ROTC Alumni Council Hall of Fame | Communities

Lieutenant Colonel Bud Howard graduated from the University of Tennessee and was commissioned in 1968 as an Infantry second lieutenant. He served two combat tours in South Vietnam—in 1969 as a Pathfinder platoon leader and in 1972 as a UH-1 Assault Helicopter Company section and company commander.

Along with his selection to serve as a Ranger Instructor at the US Army Ranger School, Howard held several command and staff positions in combat aviation units. These assignments included two aviation commands in the 1st Infantry Division. A master aviator, he was later selected to command the US Army Europe Aviation Safety and Standardization Directorate in Wiesbaden, Germany. Howard’s final assignment was UT Professor of Military Science. He served as professor from 1987 to 1991, exceeding commissioning goals and establishing the Tennessee Ranger Endowment Fund.

Howard remained in Knoxville after retiring from the Army and established a successful small business venture in North Knoxville. Upon full retirement, he volunteered to help friends and neighbors complete their federal and state income tax forms.

He passed away in 2014