U.S. Army Sgt 1st Class Merideth L. Howard was killed September 8, 2006 in Kabul, Afghanistan when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near her Humvee. Howard was assigned to the 364th Civil Affairs Brigade in support of the 10th Mountain Division at the time of her death.
Howard graduated from Corpus Christiâ€™s King High School in 1973 and earned both a bachelorâ€™s and masterâ€™s degrees in biology from Texas A&M University.
Family members, including her cousin Lorraine Stevenson of Corpus Christi, remember Howardâ€˜s infectious laugh and her love of the outdoors. â€œShe was one of the sweetest people Iâ€™ve ever known, Stevenson said, â€œI never heard her speak ill of anyone.â€
After graduating from Texas A&M, Howard worked as a firefighter in Bryan before beginning a career in fire safety and investigation. Her work moved her to California, where she met her husband, Hugh Hvolboll in 1991.
A member of Army reserves since 1988, Howard was called to active duty in December 2005. She is survived by her husband, Hugh Hvolboll, of Waukesha, Wisconsin.
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