Supply Co. - 322nd Field Artillery Regiment small grouping

This is a nice clean grouping of items that belonged to 1st Lieutenant Sam T. Howe, a World War One veteran of the 322nd Field Artillery Regiment, part of the 83rd Division.

This small identified grouping includes Sam T. Howe's original World War One dog-tag, a matched pair of officers Collar insignia to the 322nd Field Artillery and additional US collar insignia. A World War One era Field Artillery Blue Star Son in Service pin.

Samuel Theodore Howe was born on June 4, 1885, in Marion, Kansas, as the fourth child of Samuel Theodore Sr. (1848-1922) and Clara Belle "Frazer" (1861-1947 ) Howe. He had five brothers and two sisters. His father Sam T. Howe Sr. was a Civil War veteran and served with Co. B of the 189th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

Samuel Jr. moved with his family to Topeka, Kansas in 1887. He graduated from Topeka High School and won a scholarship to the University of Chicago and also later to Purdue Univiversity, where he received a degree in civil engineering.

After joining the military he received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant on August 15, 1917 and was later promoted to 1st Lieutenant on January 4, 1918. 1st. Lt. Howe served with the 322nd Field Artillery for the duration of his time with the military. He went overseas with the 322nd as a part of the AEF on June 12, 1918 and returned after almost a year of service in Europe on May 16, 1919. After the armistice, he was town major in the Army of Occupation in a German village for a year. Shortly after his stateside return 1st. Lt. Howe was honorably discharged on June 9, 1919.

After his discharge, he was employed by the state of New York as a civil engineer in the bridge department. He returned to Kansas after his retirement at the age of 70.

Samuel Theodore Howe Jr. died on November 2, 1971, in Topeka, Kansas, when he was 86 years old and is buried at the Topeka Cemetery.

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