Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Maj. Thomas D. Howie The Major of St. Ló

Marker ID: Abbeville County Historical Society 1-8
Location: In front of the house, 118 Pinckney Street, Abbeville, SC
County: Abbeville
Coordinates: N 34° 10.703    W 082° 22.9
  34.17838333    -82.38166666
Style: Free Standing **


Birthplace of Thomas Dry Howie (1908-1944), World War II hero famous as “The Major of St. Lô,” Abbeville High School, Class of 1925. The Citadel, Class of 1929, where he was an all-state football player and was president of his class. Coach and teacher, Staunton Military Academy, Staunton Va., 1929-1941. Lt., 116th Inf. Va. National Guard, 1941. Promoted to major; served at regimental H.Q. until

July 1944, when he took command of the 3rd Btn. Howie told his men, “I’ll see you in St. Lô” — a major Allied objective in the weeks after D-Day. He was killed July 7, 1944, the day before American troops captured the town. In a tribute from his comrades, Howie’s flag-draped body was carried into St. Lô on the lead jeep and lay in state on the rubble of St. Croix Church. “Dead in France, Deathless in Fame.”

Erected 1995 by Abbeville County Historic Society.


Two sided marker