Dear Howard,

What a nice review of your book by Col. Steed.  I'm sure he isn't the only one who gained inspiration from your story. It was a GREAT and  IMPORTANT addition to our Veterans interviews. What a wonderful feeling we had to see a proud man, standing so straight and walking so commandingly, wearing his Marine uniform from hat to shoes, including gloves and sword, during the whole time of the interview.  You were the only Veteran to come in full uniform, so impressing! You thought you were talking too much, but the professor, doing the interview, was so excited to have such a thorough story. Your recollections were all so graphic, it made us feel we were there with you. With you going through so much for so long, I am proud to know you as a friend. When Art read the book, he could hardy wait to meet you, and speaks of you often.  You couldn't have picked a better woman to be your wife. She, as well as the rest of your family, radiate love and pride in the transformations in your life. Many would have given up long ago, but everyone hung in there, and you turned out to be "QUITE A GUY"

In case others read this, Howard came to the BCTV studio, in the Byron Center High School, for a five hour interview before his book was published. (most interviews last 45 minutes to an hour) The Byron Center Historical Society works with Grand Valley State University collecting stories from veterans through a grant. They are put on DVD's, one set is given to the Veteran, they're stored in the computer for further copies, transcribed at the university and sent to the Library Of Congress.  If anyone is interested in seeing Howards story, as well as many others, you can get on the internet,  .

Again, thanks for your hospitality, hoping to meet up with you again. 

(Elaine Snyder, Director of the Byron Center Historical Society)


This book provides a great service as a guide for the reader to evaluate and define more clearly his or her responsibility to family and country.

I think this book should be required reading for all High School and College Students. This book delivers sage advice for young adults that desperately need it. Certainly, the book teaches truths that are valid in any age but that warrant special attention in today’s society.

It is worthy to note that no one was around in his formative years to teach Howard Terry about character, honor, and what was right from wrong.   By hard knocks and a lot of trial and error, he taught himself.  Unlike many of our youth today, Howard pulled himself up by his bootstraps-- and has been a model citizen throughout his life, truly an example for all to emulate.

The Battle of Okinawa is where Howard faced the most difficult challenge of his young life. But it was the hard life he endured as a child and Marine training that enabled him to kill the enemy and survive.

My father-in Law (Dan Dereschuk/ 6th Marine Division machine gunner) stated that Howard was A True American Hero.  Move over, he treated people the way he would want to be treated.

I know Howard can relate with pride and honor to his children and Grand children exactly what he did in the Great War.   He does not have to cough, shift his eyes and say, “well, your Granddaddy shoveled manure in Kansas….”   He can look his Children and grandchildren squarely in the eyes with pride, and say, “Your Granddaddy served in the Famous 6th Marine Division that fought bravely and ferociously during the Okinawa Campaign.”

I recommend you link up with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation at Quantico, VA, for a book signing at that center! The young Lieutenants would never forget the privilege of meeting with you and talking to you.

This book is a mandatory read for all my Steed Grand Children! And, some History Lesson, it is, too--opened up some new chapters for me: I never knew the Corps had Marines stationed in Ireland during WW II.

Thanks again for all you have done for our Country and Corps.

Bill Steed USMC (Ret)
Semper FI