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

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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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I never got to meet you, but from everything I ever heard, you were what a man should be! You help make my decision to even serve an easy one! I know you were with me every step of the way! I love you Uncle Bobby! Thank you for everything you gave and giving me strength to be at least half the man you are!

Steven P. Brewer LCpl/SP4

May 11, 2019

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