USS Howard (DDG-83) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy.

 

The ship is named in honor of 1st Sgt. Jimmie E. Howard, USMC (1929–1993), recipient of the Medal of Honor for his leadership of a platoon against repeated attacks by a Viet Cong force. After receiving severe wounds from an enemy grenade, he distributed ammunition to his men and directed air strikes on the enemy. By dawn, his beleaguered platoon still held their position.

 

Howard had also received the Silver Star Medal for his service in the Korean War.