In looking for Howard on the census records, I only found two that might fit the bill, however one of those died in 1939 of TB in Ohio. The other one was Howard Edward Boswell, born in 1919 not 1916, the son of William and Laura B. Boswell listed on the 1920 and 1930 census records. He was born 7 Dec 1919 enlisted 10 Apr 1943 at Columbus Ohio , died as a Sgt. He had three brothers who were also in the military. His picture and his brothers pictures are on the internet.
If this sounds like the right fellow, I could send census records , etc. I had to look this up, for that is my name. Howard Edward Boswell