Walter Bedford Lowe, Jr

Staff Sergeant
Army of the United States
03 February 1947 - 16 September 1969
Garden City, Texas
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign


The database page for Walter Bedford Lowe, Jr

13 May 2004

Walter was from Garden City, Texas, which is a very small agricultural, oil field town 35 miles east of Midland, Texas on Highway 158. He was a 1965 graduate of of Garden City High School. He was drafted into the Army and was inducted in Abilene,Texas. He attended the NCO academy and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant (E-5). He was killed by an explosive device in Pleiku in September, 1969, while acting as a squad leader. Due to military merit, he was posthumously promoted to Staff Sergeant. He was married at the time of his death. He is remembered by the Permian Basin Vietnam Memorial located at the Midland, Texas, International Airport. May his sacrifice not be forgotten.

09 Nov 2005

SSG Lowe last attended the Schreiner Institute in Kerville, Texas as well as schools in Garden City, Texas. His father was a rancher/farmer in Garden City. While in the Army, he attended the NCO Academy at Harmony Church at Fort Bragg; a classmate was Sgt Lorenzo Chapa of San Angelo who also perished in Vietnam. SSG Lowe is buried in the Fairmount Cemetery in San Angelo, Texas. His parents are now deceased and are buried next to him.

From a PBVVM Representative,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane, Odessa, Texas 79762

27 Mar 2006

Walter was a respected member of our platoon and was willing to answer to any challenge. Walter had no fear but he did respect the cunning and and evasive manner in which our enemy opposed us. Walter had a sense of humor that he passed on to others, he was quiet and introspective and he showed much concern for the well being of all members of our platoon. Walter did not get excited but had a reserved passion and could be depended upon to perform his duties and could be counted on to complete any mission assigned. As the platoon leader, I had much respect for Walter and although our time together was short, knowing Walter was something that I have remembered all of my life.

Why some like Walter gave the ultimate sacrifice and others were spared is the eternal question. Walter's bravery and desire to protect his fellow soldiers made him a pillar of strength and his loss was severely missed. I will always remember Walter and Larry who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service our our Country.....

From his Platoon Leader, 3d Plt, D Co, 1/503/173 Abn Bde 1969-1970 RVN,
Gary Jugenheimer

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Two men were killed in the explosion, Sergeant Lowe and Corporal Larry Pypniowski of White House Station, NJ.

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