Howard (Karl) enlisted on 16 Feb 1942 and after training was posted to 48th Infantry Battalion on 3 Apr 1942. He transferred to 108th Light Anti Aircraft Regiment on 27 Aug 1942, then to Foster for commando training on 22 Sept 1942. When the unit returned from Timor, he joined them at Larimar, Northern Territory on 25 Dec 1942. He embarked with the unit for New Guinea aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as a Trooper. Howard transferred to 2/6th Australian Field Company Engineers on 28 Dec 1943, then the 2/5th Australian Field Company Engineers on 17 Jan 1944 and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 4 Mar 1944.
He embarked for MOROTAI aboard Landing Ship Troops No 721 on 23 May 1945, then embarked for BALAKIPAPAN, BORNEO aboard Landing Ship Troops No 397 on 7 Jul 1945. He transferred to 28th Australian Field Company Engineers on 12 Oct 1945 and embarked for MOROTAI on 7 Nov 1945 and returned to Australia on 23 Mar 1946.
He was discharged on 29 Mar 1946.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below. He is now also entitled to the Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with a clasp "S.W.Pacific".
Edited by Peter Epps