|The Howard brothers and their father. |
Elmo is the third from the left in the middle row.
Elmo's father not only farmed his farm, but also the farm that his father had left to him, his two brothers and sister, and also the farm owned by his mother. Elmo and his six brothers worked hard to keep all three farms running and profitable. During the summer before his senior year of high school, Elmo was putting in hay when he suffered sun stroke. During his recuperation the doctor told him (and his father) that he was not to do anything that he did not feel like doing for the next year. This put him behind in school and he was not able to graduate from high school. He did return the next year and finished, but by this time he had decided to join the Navy. Although his parents were against it - his father wanted him on the farm and his mother wanted him to go to college - Elmo enlisted September 9, 1940, promising his mother that he would go to college after his enlistment was up. He was assigned to the USS Arizona.
Elmo's mother wanted to go to Pearl Harbor to see the memorial, but was never able to take the trip. Two of his brothers have donated DNA to the Navy in the eventual possibility that there may be a time he can be identified.