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Lieut. Howard Paul Bittinger enlisted in the Quartermaster Corps one month after war was declared. The latter part of 1917 he was transferred to Aviation, in which branch he received his commission in February, 1918. While at Aviation school he was severely wounded by a fall from an aeroplane. As soon as he was able, he was sent to France. On August 26th, he wrote to his mother, stating that he was going up again in the afternoon and nothing has been heard from him since that time. At the time of his enlistment, Howard Bittinger was living in New York City.

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