registered for the draft ca. 1940 showing his home address of Pahokee,
a small town on the southeastern shore of Lake Okeechobee, Palm Beach
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
Howard enlisted in the Army at Camp Blanding, FL on 26
February 1943 and appears to have gained rank quickly due to his National
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).
were listed in the 1925 Florida State Census residing on Canal
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.
(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.
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.
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.