TAPS: CAPT William Stamps Howard III, USN-Ret.

CAPT William Stamps Howard III, USN-Ret. at Newport News, VA. He was 81.

NIP regrets to inform the membership of the passing of CAPT W. S. “Stamps” Howard, a distinguished colleague and shipmate.

Stamps was born on April 22, 1936, as war clouds began to rise across the world. His adult life was shaped by the experience living through it, and through his father, Captain William Stamps Howard, Jr.  The Navy was in the family blood. His father was a 1925 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and at the outbreak of World War II he deployed from the family to command the destroyer USS STURTEVANT (DD-240) in convoy escort duty in the North Atlantic. In 1943, he commanded Escort Division 28 in the Pacific and subsequently oversaw various other task groups in the Marshall-Gilbert-Ellice campaigns.

His son, William Stamps Howard III, followed the path of honor as an active participant in the Cold War when eligible to serve.  He is remembered as a consummate Naval officer and a stalwart member of the Naval Intelligence Professionals.

A complete obituary was not available at press time, but the family has passed on the following information through Claire:
There will be a memorial service on Saturday July 29, 2017 at 11 AM, with reception immediately following at St. Joan Arc Catholic Church,  315 Harris Grove Lane (Route 17 GW Memorial Hwy), Yorktown VA23692-4014

Visitation is planned for Friday July 28 7-9 PM  (Private Family visitation 6-7 PM) at the Altmeyer Funeral Home’s Denbigh Chapel, 12893 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, VA 23608.

Ed Bunch, Funeral Director

In lieu of Flowers: the family requests you consider a donation to the Naval Intelligence Professionals, PO BOX 11579, Burke, VA 22009-1579.

For those attending the memorial service, convenient lodging can be found at:

1) Comfort Suites, 12570 Jefferson Ave, Newport News, VA 23602 757-947-1333
2) Springhill Suites by Marriott, 531 Saint Johns Rd, Newport News 23602 757-842-6214

For those wishing to honor Stamp’s memory with a floral arrangement:
1) Jeff’s Flowers, of course Inc 757-827-5333, 300 Ed Wright Lane, Newport News VA 23606
2) A Special Design Florist 757-872-8889 (800-752-7551) 12917-D Jefferson Ave (Richneck Shopping Center) Newport News VA 23608

Internment with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery will be announced at a date later this year (to be determined).