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Up Howard P. Tiffin (1) Howard P. Tiffin (2)

[courtesy of Helen Jeffrey Gaskill]

Application for headstone and resulting grave marker for Howard P. Tiffin in Plot M, Grave 48, Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta (Cobb county), Georgia.

Howard registered for the draft ca. 1940 showing his home address of Pahokee, a small town on the southeastern shore of Lake Okeechobee, Palm Beach county, FL.

There are a number of interesting items to note.  His place of birth is spelled as Korona, Alabama but should be spelled as Corona.  The confusion may be due to there being a Korona in Flagler county, FL.

The relationship of  of W. O. Tiffin is shown to be his mother, but in fact was the name of his father.

A handwritten notation in the right-hand margin states he was already registered in the Mississippi National Guard.

Howard enlisted in the Army at Camp Blanding, FL on 26 February 1943 and appears to have gained rank quickly due to his National Guard experience. 

He may have been sent to Camp Atterbury, IN as Sgt Howard P. Tiffin, paired with a Miss Harriett Davis, appeared  in a The Call-Leader (Elwood, Indiana) article listing those who attended the anneal Tri Kappa Sorority Christmas Dance.

SSgt Tiffin married a Zena Marvouline Cox, a 17-year-old high junior, in Pahokee on 19 September 1944 (see also the news article on next page).

They were listed in the 1925 Florida State Census  residing on Canal Point Road, Pahokee (which may have been the site of his father's general store.)  Although they should have appeared but once, they were also shown living with Howard's parents, William O. and Esther Tiffin, at 1164 NE 6th St, in nearby Miami (Dade), FL.

These two mentions are the last found for Zena, it is not known what became of her other than the fact that the marriage apparently dissolved.

2nd Lt Tiffin was transferred from Hq 82nd Airborne Division to Co D, 508th PIR on 1 November 1945

On 15 September 1947, Howard married Wallentina Litvinova in Wiesbaden, Germany.  She was born in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, Russia and had a son Robert, born in Frankfurt in 1945.

Wallentina (line 11) arrived in New York, NY from Bremerhaven, Germany aboard the USAT General C. C. Ballou.  Her son, Robert Litvinova, was listed on line 12.

Wallentina was granted U.S. Citizenship on 29 June 1944 in the District Court, Augusta, GA and requested that her name be changed to later known as Vallentina Litvinova Tiffin .  Page 1 lists her 4 children as Robert, Stephanie [born at Fort Jackson, SC], and Eugene and Anthony, both born at Camp Gordon, GA, in 1953 and 1954, respectively.  Howard's mother, Esther Tiffin, was one of the named witnesses.

The entire family, now with a 6th child, namesake of her grandmother Esther, arrived in New York, NY aboard the S.S. America fro, Bremerhaven, Germany on 11 March 1959.  Howard was traveling under military orders so this trip must reflect a reassignment from Germany to another post.

Lt. Col Tiffin died in 1960 while on active duty at Fort Devens, Massachusetts.  Despite the plethora of newspaper coverage in his life, it is somewhat remarkable that an obituary has not been located.

 His widow was married to a John H. Smith in Tennessee in 1974 but died in Atlanta, GA in 2010 under the Tiffin name.

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