He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age seventeen. Last his parents heard he aboard an aircraft carrier. He was killed during the invasion of Iwo Jima on March 19, 1945. He was buried at sea. He was only 19 years old.
He is the only Lowell service member killed on Iwo Jima that was not a U.S. Marine. Please remember young Seaman Howard Patrie and his sacrifice.