Howard was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1931 and attended Wisconsin primary and secondary schools and the University of Wisconsin. In 1950 he enlisted in the newly created United States Air Force. As an Airman, and working as a Clerk Typist, he applied and was accepted as an Aviation Cadet.
Cadet Fredricks completed his training and went on to serve as an Air Force Warrant Officer and Navigator on the C-46 Commando, C-47 Skytrain and C-119 Flying Boxcar. As a 1Lt Howard applied and was accepted to Pilot Training where he excelled. Graduating at the top of his class 1Lt Fredricks was assigned to pilot the F-84 Thunderjet and then the F-86 Sabre. Howard served in combat operations during the Cuban Missile Crisis and was decorated for this service. Captain Fredricks was a Command Pilot with over 5,000 flying hours. As an AF Officer he traveled extensively both in the U.S and abroad.
After his military retirement Howard worked for twenty years as a golf course manager in the U.S and throughout Asia. He then worked as a teaching golf professional in Florida while actively flying seaplanes to and from the Caribbean. Later Howard moved to Palm Desert, CA where he was an active member of Old Bold Pilots, The AF Association and numerous golf charity events.