Howard, Jeffery C. (P3, C1, L19)
Private First Class Jeffery Clinton Howard of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, died on 16 April 1978 while training with his unit, the 307th Maintenance Company (HE) (GS), Central City, at Fort Campbell.
Howard walked behind a truck, which had been parked on a gradual incline and it rolled backwards some 4 feet and pinned him between a tree and the trailer of the truck. Reportedly, he had just retrieved his gas mask from the cab of the truck to put it on as a part of training. Another member of the unit believed that he had unknowingly released the hand brake when he pulled his gas mask free from the cab before he walked behind the truck. He was born in Daviess County, Kentucky.
Howard enlisted in November 1976 and was a machinist in the unit. He was promoted to PFC in January 1978.
Howard man killed at Fort Campbell
McLean County News April 20, 1978
Jeffery C. Howard, 21, of Route 3, Calhoun, was fatally injured early Sunday while training with his Kentucky National Guard unit at Ft. Campbell.
Howard was pronounced dead at Ft. Campbell Base Hospital after suffering multiple injuries when he was pinned between a tree and the trailer of a truck.
According to Lt. Jan Camplin, Commander of the 307th Maintenance Company of the Kentucky National Guard in Central City, Howard, moments before the accident had walked behind the truck, which had been parked on a gradual incline. The truck rolled backwards a distance from 3 ½ to 4 feet.
He was transported from the training field to the hospital in an Army helicopter, Lt. Camplin said.
Howard, who was born in Daviess County, was a member of Rumsey United Methodist Church and the 307th Maintenance Company of the Kentucky National Guard, Central City.
Survivors include his father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. Estill C. Howard of Calhoun; a brother Marvin Dale Howard, at home; three step-brothers, Wayne and Michael Rafferty, both at home and Anthony Rafferty of Owensboro; two sisters, Bonnie Lynn and Barbara D. Howard, both at home; a stepsister, Renia Rafferty at home; and his grandmother, Mrs. Louise Whitaker of Owensboro.
Services were Tuesday afternoon at Muster Funeral Home in Livermore. Military graveside service were conducted at Calhoun Cemetery.