Remembering Summit’s Finest:
George J. Howell was born on January 25, 1983. A resident of Salina, California, he attended two high schools before dropping out, though, he would later earn his GED certificate.
Prior to joining the Army, Howell worked a number of jobs, including a stint at a floor-installation company to support his wife, Kristen, and their two children. In an effort to create more stability for his family, Howell enlisted in the Army. After completing OSUT at Fort Benning, Georgia, Howell was assigned to Dagger Company, 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment.
Expecting a third child with his wife, Howell deployed in 2007 with Summit Battalion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The lead driver in 2nd Platoon, Dagger Company, Howell was killed on December 21, 2007 when his vehicle was attacked by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) during a patrol near Tel Al Eid, Iraq. Howell was 24.
An avid football fan, Howell is remembered for his infectious smile and love for his family. In July 2008, his wife gave birth to the couple’s third child.