1947 – 

Howard D. Haston

Rank and Branch of Military

Navy, E-5

Years of Service

1965 – 1971

Locations of Training, Deployment, and Service

Machinist Mate “A” School – NTC Great Lakes, Illinois to Naval Nuclear Power School ( Phase I ) at Mare Island, Vallejo, CA to Nuclear Power Training Unit ( Phase II ) at Arco, NV.

Wartime Theaters of Assignment and Major Battles

Two WestPac cruises during the Vietnam Conflict aboard the USS Enterprise.
1968 January – February we spent a month cruising in the Sea of Japan as part of a Naval battle group responding to the North Koreans capturing the USS Pueblo.
1969 April – May we spent a month cruising in the Sea of Japan as part of a Naval battle group responding to the North Koreans shooting down an EC-121 reconnaissance plane.

Awards, Decorations, Badges, etc.

National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Korea, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Naval Unit Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal

Stories of Interest Involving the Service Member

In January of 1969, while undergoing operational training evaluation off the coast of Hawaii, there was a fire on the flight deck of the USS Enterprise. The fire occurred as we were about to go to General Quarters to assess our battle readiness. The pilots were in the planes, ready to launch with full fuel tanks and fully armament. The fire began when a Zuni rocket detonated on a plane sitting of the rear plane elevator. It got pretty exciting after that. The flight deck was awash in fuel and fire as the Captain headed the ship into the wind to drive the fire aft. A missile from one of the planes went forward up the flight deck, turned and headed towards the control island which houses the bridge. The missile lodged in the elevator to the bridge but did not detonate. As bombs from the planes exploded, other bombs rolled into the holes created in the flight deck with one blowing a hole near the water line after exploding in the ship’s laundry under the fantail.

It was a long day with 28 casualties. Pilots in the planes were forced to eject overboard to save their lives and the flight deck crew showed their metal committing many acts of bravery and sacrifice. Scary when your floating home catches fire and there is no land in sight. 

Relationship to the Daniel Haston Family

Descend from Jeremiah Haston, son of Daniel Haston

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