Major John Howard

6th Airborne Division - 6th Airlanding Brigade - 2nd Ox & Buck - D Company
Sword Beach


Major Howard was in command of the airborne force which landed by glider and secured the bridges over the R. ORNE and CAEN Canal near BENOUVILLE by Coup de main on 6-6-44. Throughout the planning and execution of the operation Major Howard displayed the greatest leadership, judgment, courage and coolness. His personal example and the enthusiasm which he put behind his task carried all his subordinates with him, and the operation proved a complete success.
(Source: Distinguished Service Order)