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Private First Class Marvin Robert United States Army Military Police Corps, U.S. Government

Private First Class

Marvin Robert "Bobby" Owen

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

End of Watch: Saturday, August 19, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 19

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Weather/Natural disaster

Location: New Mexico

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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.

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I remember Bobby Owens who will always be a hero to me. I was also assigned to the 259th MP Co at that time and remember the rainstorm. He was so brave with his actions and finding him and the family of four during the search was so sad. God Bless you Bobby.

James N. Miller Pfc
US Postal Service
September 5, 2015


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