Correctional Officer Gary Lee Rowe

Correctional Officer Gary Lee Rowe

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, February 7, 1983

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Gary Lee Rowe

Correctional Officer Gary Rowe succumbed to injuries received when he was attacked by several inmates who were attempting to escape from MCC San Diego in San Diego, California.

Officer Rowe had entered a cell where he discovered the inmates attempting to escape through the cell window. The inmates attacked him and struck him in the head with debris that they had removed from around the window, knocking him unconscious.

The inmates then shoved him under the cell's bed, where he was located by other officers who began searching for him. He never regained consciousness before passing away.

He was survived by two children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Location California
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Not available

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Rest in Peace

I ask one thing - that in still, far-off days,
Someone who knew me should in their daily rounds,
Suddenly pause, caught by some sight or sound,
Some glance, some phrase, some trick of memory's ways
which brings me to mind, then I shall wait,
eager with hope, perhaps to hear -
“how great if he were with us still!”
And then at the end, all that I wish for is just -
“he was my friend!”

From “A Soldier's Epitaph” by David McNicholl

N Elias
Federal Law Enforcement Officer, USDOJ
Former Security Police Officer, USAF

May 28, 2017

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