|courtesy of Cindy Akers|
Elliott enlisted in the Spanish American War at the age of 16 with his parents' consent; spending 6 months in camp at Jacksonville, Florida. He went to work in Norfolk, Virginia soon after being mustered out and later in New Bern, North Carolina. In 1916, he accepted a commission as a Lieutenant in the Radford Company of the Virginia National Guard for service in the Mexican Border trouble. At the outbreak of WWI, Elliott Howe was mustered into the Federal Service with his organization and became a Lieutenant in M Company, 116th Infantry. Trained with his regiment at Camp McClellan, Alabama and shipped overseas in July 1918 seeing service in the Vosges Sector. The Division was later moved to the Argonne where 1LT Howe was killed in action on 11 Oct 1918 east of the Meuse River.
1LT Howe was returned to East Radford for burial in 1920. He now rests forever in Central Cemetery in Radford, Virginia.
Father, John Thomas Howe, served in E Company 4th Virginia Infantry as 1LT and was captured on 2 Jul 1863 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Held near Sandusky, Ohio he was transferred to Fort Monroe, Virginia before being paroled in 1865. Second wife, Belle, never re-married and died in 1966.