Hamilton H. Howze

War Hero

Birthday December 21, 1908

Birth Sign Sagittarius

Birthplace West Point, NY

DEATH DATE Dec 8, 1988 (79)

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Innovative military general who first proposed using helicopters as sky cavalry.

Before Fame

He served in World War II, helping American forces break free of the Anzio beachhead in Italy.


His strategic vision led to the formation of the First Cavalry Division (Airmobile), which involved hundreds of helicopters flying combat missions over Vietnam.

Family Life

His grandfather served in the Mexican-American War, and his father won the Medal of Honor for bravely fighting the Sioux.

Associated With

He and Creighton Abrams both changed the way that machines were used in war. Abrams found innovative uses for tanks, while Howze focused on the war-time role of helicopters.