Douglas Legate Howard

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Douglas Legate Howard (February 11, 1885 – December 14, 1936) was an American naval officer and the head coach of the United States Naval Academy football team from 1911 until 1914.

Douglas Legate Howard
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Midshipman Douglas L. Howard
Born(1885-02-11)February 11, 1885
Annapolis, Maryland
DiedDecember 14, 1936(1936-12-14) (aged 51)
Annapolis, Maryland
Place of burial
Allegiance United States
Service/branchSeal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service1906–1933
RankUS-O6 insignia.svg Captain
Commands held
AwardsNavy Cross
Spouse(s)Ruth Bowyer Howard
Other workHead Coach, United States Naval Academy Midshipmen

Early lifeEdit

Howard, the eldest son of Admiral Thomas Benton Howard, was born on February 11, 1885 in Annapolis, Maryland.

Coaching careerEdit

As a Lieutenant, Howard was named the 14th head football at the United States Naval Academy and he held that position for four seasons, from 1911 until 1914. His coaching record at Navy was 25–7–4.[1]

Naval careerEdit

Howard was a member of the U.S. Naval Academy class of 1906. He was commanding officer of USS Drayton (DD-23), USS Rowan (DD-64), and USS Bell (DD-95) during World War I.

Navy CrossEdit

Howard was awarded the Navy Cross for his distinguished service on patrol and convoy escort duty in waters infested with submarines and mines.

Death and honorsEdit

Howard retired in 1933 and died at Annapolis on December 14, 1936. USS Douglas L. Howard (DE-138) was named in his honor. The ship was launched 24 January 1943 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Texas; sponsored by Mrs. D. I. Thomas, daughter of Captain Howard; and commissioned 29 July 1943, Lieutenant Commander G. D. Kissam, USNR, in command.[2]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Navy Midshipmen (Independent) (1911–1914)
1911 Navy 6–0–3
1912 Navy 6–3
1913 Navy 7–1–1
1914 Navy 6–3
Navy: 25–7–4
Total: 25–7–4


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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