Howell, Reese M. was born on October 9, 1889 in Wellsville, Utah, United States. Son of Joseph and Mary Elizabeth (Maughan) Howell.
U. Utah, 1909-1911; Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1915, graduate Battery Officers Course, Field Artillery School, 1921, Field Officers Course, 1929. Command and General staff schedul, 1931. Chemical Warfare School, 1940.
Army War College, 1940.
Commissioned Second lieutenant United States Army, 1915. Advanced through grades to brigadier general, 1943. General Staff duty, 1931-1935.