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.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Weather/Natural disaster
  • Location New Mexico

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Hi Jim, this is Karl, I was on LC gate that night. I remember very well and will never forget his last words as he transmitted them over the radio. I remember you as well. Marvin was totally dedicated to the professional and told me days before this occurred he wanted to work for New Orleans P.D.. He was a true hero and (to this day) don't know if I would've done the same!!

sp4 Speiser

December 10, 2016

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