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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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Reflections for Private First Class Marvin Robert "Bobby" Owen

Rest in peace PFC Owen.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 18, 2019

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

Sadly my first recollection upon my arrival at the 259th MP Company in 1978 was standing in formation for your service . God Bless you Brother , You will never be forgotten !

SP4 John Boudreau
259th MP Co WSMR 1978-1979

January 17, 2019

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

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

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

You are not forgotten, Bobby! Rest in peace. Hooah, Brother!

SP4 Meuwissen 259th MP Co 1977-1979
Retired Sergeant Minneapolis Police

August 19, 2015

The promise... Always honored, never forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

August 19, 2014

I came across this page tonight and immediately recognized Marvin from MP school at Fort McClellan. I'd previously had no idea he'd died. What a shock . . . but I must say, his actions were heroic and in keeping with the highest standards of the U.S. Army and the Military Police Corps.

SP4 Jeff Salter
296th Military Police Company

October 16, 2013

I was an MP with the 259th MP Co assigned to the PMO desk & radio operator the night that we lost PFC Owen. Owen was assigned as Patrol Car 133 which at the time was responsible for checking certain areas up range. He was coming back on post when this tragedy occurred. My heart sank when we lost radio contact with him after he described his predicament. It was a horrible night losing a family of four and PFC Owen.
When we searched the arroyo at day break I was in the search line when his body was recovered. I'll never forget him and will always consider him a hero for trying to save that family.
I will always remember 19 August 1979 and the 259th MP Co at WSMR. Hooah PFC Owen. God Bless you and your family.

SP4 Meuwissen
Retired Sergeant Minneapolis Police

August 26, 2013

PFC Marvin R. Owen was and still is my big brother in my heart. I was in the Army myself stationed in Germany at the time of his death. It was very hard for me when I got the call of his death. Before I got the call I was in bed sleeping and I woke up crying telling my roommate that I had to go home something was wrong at home. I said to my roommate that I just saw my mom crying and telling me to come home. I thought something was wrong with my mom and maybe 20 seconds letter someone was knocking on my door saying I had a phone call. It was a very close friend of the family that was calling me telling me what happened. I was on a plane the next morning heading home. I was told my brother drowned but I could not understand how does someone drowned in the middle of the desert. It took me a long time to get past this. I was in the Army far from home so after his funeral I had to go back. I did not have my family to lean on. I was alone. I just talked to my brother as if he was sitting next to me. One day a friend said a few words to me and it just seemed to melt all the hurt and pain of missing fall away. I talked to my brother still today. I will miss him until the day I die. I know one day I will be with him again.

Michele OWEN Desselle

May 26, 2013

Thank you PFC Marvin R. Owen for your service and ultimate sacrifice for others. I served in the 259th Military Police Company approximately a decade after your death and we did company runs in your honor. I would often stop at the wash where you lost your life trying to save others and reflect on your sacrifice. You are not forgotten!

Lieutenant Ron Bayne #559
Scottsdale Police Department (former U.S. Army MP)

May 11, 2013

I will never forget that day I was only 11 years old when the Military showed up at our parents house and to young to know what was happening I knew it was bad. The military personel that came that day not only had to tell my parents what had happened but my 4 older sisters and myself what had happened. My world fell apart that day and they stayed with us all tring there best to hold us all together and for that I say thank you to them. I miss Bobby so much he was the greatest guy I will have ever met he was my big brother and now 35 years later I wish more than anything he was still hear but God must have needed another Police officer there and he was picked. Today I have a son that is 12 years old and we speak of uncle Bobby almost on a daily bases and I wish he was here to see him but in my heart I know that is why he is such a great kid because his Uncle Bobbyis helping me and my wife to raise him the right way. Bobby is the reason I will never give up on making the world a better place just like he was trying to do himself. I miss and Love you Bobby.

Mark Owen
Little Brother

May 9, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 35th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

March 18, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

December 15, 2012

PFC Owen,

What a brave young man. Your family is no doubt very proud of you. Thank you for your service and sacrifice to your country and the state of New Mexico. You are proudly remembered.

Rachel Vanetti
Law Enforcement Wife

September 29, 2012

You are not forgotten. I saw the bridge and memorial a month ago and it reaffirmed to me that joining the MPs many years ago was the right choice. You are an example to all of us.


September 7, 2011

It has been 33 years since the end of your watch and you have not been forgotten. You are a hero.
R.I.P Sir!

Wm Jean-Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP

August 19, 2011

It has been thirty years since the end of your watch and you have not been forgotten. You are a hero. May the Lord continue to bless you and your loved ones. As a retired military officer and a current law enforcement officer, I salute you. Rest in peace my brother.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

August 19, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 12, 2008

R.I.P Hero.

A Soldier

January 29, 2008

On today, the 29th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. You are true hero. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



August 19, 2007

Officer Owen, Just letting you know that you have not been forgotten and thank you for the Sacrifice that you gave.

Tammy Persin
Mother of Fallen Military Police Officer
PFC Brian Thomas Gleason

July 9, 2007

HERO! Thank you for your service and dedication to our country. May you rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

May 31, 2007

Marvin was a quiet guy that was well respected and diligent in his duties. He was always willing to go the extra mile for any of us and handled public situations with calm and dignity. This Saturday was windy and cloudy and rains filled the Dona Ana Mountain range with water. This water didn't have time to be absorbed into the sandy earth and it began to accumulate on the surface. Then the gravity and grade of the mountain began pushing the water down the hill and through a dry river bed. Within minutes where Marvin was parked and trying to coax a frightened family, Air Force Capt. James Maret Jr.(a dentist), his wife Gale, and their two young children to turn back because of rising water, the water increased two feet. Marvin realizing their vehicle had stalled and was not moving used his Military Police vehicle, a 1/2 ton Cheverolet, to shield the families car, but only to be swept 5 miles down the arroyo and into the desert by a 12 foot wall of water. The arroyo was guiding the mountain ranges fast moving and quickly accumulating rain drops like a funnel and all lives were lost. The entrance to WSMR ( is dedicated in his honor. Marvin will always be missed and never forgotten, especially by the badges of the 259th MP Company and their hearts.

SSG Richard Lee
259th MP Company, WSMR, New Mexico

February 2, 2007

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