Private First Class Marvin Robert "Bobby" Owen

Private First Class Marvin Robert "Bobby" Owen

United States Army Military Police Corps, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, August 19, 1978

Marvin Robert "Bobby" Owen

Private First Class Marvin Owen was killed during a flood while attempting to rescue a family on an access road to the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The family was stranded on a bridge and as PFC Owen attempted to rescue them they were struck by a 12-foot high wall of water, which washed them off of the bridge.

Owen was posthumously awarded the Soldiers Medal of Valor, and the road was later renamed Owen Road.

PFC Owen had served with the United States Army Military Police Corps for two years.

Bio

  • Age 19
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Weather/Natural disaster
  • Location New Mexico

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It's now been 40 years since we lost a true American hero. You are NOT forgotten. Rest in peace PFC Bobby Owen and condolences again to your family.

SP4 Lynn Meuwissen
259th MP Co WSMR 1977-1979

August 19, 2018

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