Cpt. Howard S. Kresge         


Mil# O-399487

HQ. Company 643rd TD BN.




Born: 23 December 1914     Place:  Oklahoma City, OK

 Died:  4 February 2007        Place:  San Mateo, CA

Burial place: Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, Dixon, CA  


Wife: Patricia Kresge (Riley)    Married: 26 July 1941

Children: John, Peter, Susan and Mari


Father: Archer Kresge   Mother: Ruth Kresge (Sweet)

Siblings: Dorothea, Elizabeth





Bronze Star Medal




European African Middle Eastern Service Medal

Battle Stars"Ardennes-Rhineland-Central Europe"




Info from Findagrave website:

Howard Spering Kresge December 23, 1914 - February 4, 2007 Howard died peacefully at the age of 92 in San Mateo, CA. Born in Oklahoma City, OK, Howard grew up in Centralia, WA. He graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle, did graduate work in Seattle University and Gonzaga University where he received a master's degree in education. Howard was a captain of the 643rd U.S. Army tank destroyer battalion in World War II in Europe, with campaigns from Normandy across Europe to the Elbe River in Germany, earning a Bronze Star and other medals. He also was military governor of the Kreis of Braunlage, Germany. He helped pioneer the use of audio-visual materials for army training. After the war, he continued as a major in the Army Reserves. He directed the European Cooperation Administration film project, which located 6,000 U.S. films, in both agriculture and industry to help European countries rebuild after World War II. 600 of those, with foreign-language sound-tracks added, were sent to Europe where Mr. Kresge supervised their distribution to help war-ravished countries jump-start their economies. After seven years with the ECA and the Marshall Plan, he returned to Washington, D.C., as director of orientation for federal employees being posted overseas. Feeling that American officials working abroad should first be well-grounded in our own history and values, he created a six-week program called "Americana" for them, their spouses and other family members before departure. He also headed the Executive Placement department for AID. Concluding his government service, he was director of Voluntary Foreign Aid Service and executive director of the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid, within the Agency for International Development, coordinating U.S. private-sector overseas contributions and programs with federal efforts. Howard was on the faculty of Catholic University and a frequent guest lecturer at American University, George Washington and Georgetown Universities in Washington DC. In 1971 he received the Church World Service Distinguished Christian Service Award for distinction in international Christian service. Affiliations included Who's Who in America, Phi Kappa Delta, Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, American Freedom from Hunger Foundation, Film Council of America, American Legion, numerous civic committees in Paris, Washington, D.C. and Spokane, WA, and the Episcopal Church of St. Matthew's in San Mateo, CA. Survivors include his spouse Pat Riley Kresge; children, John Kresge of San Mateo and Mari Alexander of Portland, OR; grandsons, William O. Suddath, Jr. of Atlanta, GA; Julian and Gabriel Alexander of Portland; sisters, Dorthea Augusztiny and Libby Kresky of Seattle; daughter-in-law, Chrish Kresge of Washington D.C.; brother-in-law, William Riley of Tiburon; sister-in-law, Peggy Hopkins of Gig Harbor, WA. A private Burial Service was held at the National Military Cemetery in Dixon, CA. A Memorial Service is planned for mid-March. Memorials may be sent to the charities of one's choice.



 (L) Capt. Kresge
Howard's Gravemarker at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, CA