Awarded the Silver Star; the Citation:
Awarded posthumously for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Howard D. Luther (ASN: 20341987), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Canon Company, 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, in action against the enemy at St. Lo, France. On 12 June 1944, Staff Sergeant Luther observed a wounded American soldier lying helpless in an open field which was being swept by heavy enemy fire. Without regard for his personal safety, Staff Sergeant Luther went to the aid of, and attempted to evacuate the wounded soldier. While returning with the wounded soldier, both were killed by an enemy sniper. The gallantry and great courage displayed by Staff Sergeant Luther reflect great credit upon himself and the Military Service.