Robert L. Howard (July 11, 1939 – December 23, 2009) was America's most decorated soldier from the Vietnam War. Howard was a highly decorated United States Army special forces officer and Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War. He was wounded 14 times over 54 months of combat, was awarded the Medal of Honor, eight Purple Hearts, a Distinguished Service Cross, a Silver Star and four Bronze Stars.
He was nominated for the Medal of Honor three separate times. He received lesser medals for the first two nominations, which were for actions performed in Cambodia where the U.S. was fighting covertly. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions on November 16, 1967 in North Vietnam, his third nomination.
He retired from the US Army after 36 years of service as a full colonel; he was the most highly decorated service member on active duty. Shortly after his active service, he died of cancer. At the time of his death, he was the most decorated living Medal of Honor recipient.