Larry R Bowman
Granite Falls, North Carolina
April 13, 2007
Killed in Baghdad, Iraq, when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device.
|04/16/07 - Camp Lejeune
Sgt. Larry R. Bowman, 29, of Granite Falls died Friday when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in Baghdad. The soldier was assigned to the 513th Transportation Company, 57th Transportation Battalion, 593rd Corps Support Group at Fort Lewis in Washington state.
Other information about the deaths wasn't immediately available. Also Monday, the Department of Defense confirmed the deaths of two soldiers based at Fort Bragg who died in Afghanistan.
Comments made to that article:
SGT Larry Bowman was a great Soldier and an even better friend. I've known him for a few years and was sad to see him leave Texas to continue his military career in Washington State. When his wife called me Friday, I was devastated. He was the best friend anybody could ever ask for.
I got this from my daughter in Kuwait today. I hope those that knew Larry find comfort in it. The man was loved by all.
Granite Falls soldier dies in roadside attack
Larry Bowman, a 29-year-old Army sergeant from Granite Falls, died in Baghdad Friday when a roadside bomb exploded near the vehicle he was driving through the desert, officials said.
Bowman, whose convoy was heading back to its Kuwait base, left for the Middle East in July from Fort Lewis, Wash.
Bowman, a specialist with the 513th transportation company, was promoted to sergeant after his death, said Joe Hitt, a spokesperson at Fort Lewis.
He joined the Army in February 2003, Hitt said, and has received various awards including the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Local soldier killed in Iraq
Twenty-nine-year-old Robby Bowman was more than just a soldier. According to his family, he also was a Southern gentlemen who would do all he could to help others.
on 2ND Tour, he Was Proud to Serve: Granite Falls man killed in Iraq
“He just had so much love to give”
Sgt. Larry 'Robby' Bowman and his wife were planning to scale Mount Rainier when he returned from his second tour in Iraq this summer.
That was typical of Bowman, his family said -- he tackled life with enthusiasm. 'He had a motto he lived by,' said his wife, Michelle. ' `Life has a taste that the sheltered will never know.' '
Bowman, a 29-year-old Caldwell County native serving in Iraq, died Friday when a roadside bomb exploded near the vehicle he was driving. Bowman, who was promoted to sergeant after his death, was part of a convoy carrying supplies from Kuwait, officials said.
|Obituary from April 21st, 2007
Name of Deceased : Bowman, Sgt. Larry Robert "Robby"
Date of Birth : Thursday, May 26, 1977
Place of Birth : Caldwell County, NC
Date of Death : Friday, April 13, 2007
Place of Death : Baghdad, Iraq
Sgt. Larry Robert “Robby” Bowman of the United States Army died April 13, 2007 in Iraq. He was born May 26, 1977 in Caldwell County, NC, the son of the late James Larry Bowman and Barbara Jane Braswell. He is survived by his wife Michelle Navarro Bowman of Tacoma, Wash., his mother Barbara Jane Braswell and her husband Scottie of Granite Falls, his sister Angela Bowman Sigmon and her husband Tim and daughter Emily also of Granite Falls, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his sister Susan Renee Bowman, his paternal grandparents Clyde and Dorothy Bowman, and maternal grandparents Harold and Hazel Hass.
Other surviving family members include father-in-law Bob Navarro and his wife Ginny; mother-in-law Jo Ann Navarro; and brother-in-law Bob Navarro II and his wife Alicia.
Robby was stationed at Fort Hood in Austin, Texas, after enlisting in the Army in February 2003. He was stationed at Fort Lewis near Tacoma, Wash., in October 2005 and deployed to Iraq in June 2006. He was serving his second tour in Iraq. He was assigned to the 513th Transportation Company, 57th Transportation Battalion, 593rd Corps Support Group as a heavy vehicle driver delivering food, water, fuel and other critical mission supplies. He was the primary armorer for the unit. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and most recently the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. In March he was selected Soldier of the Month for his unit in Kuwait. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant posthumously.
Robby was on a mission when his vehicle struck a roadside improvised explosive devise in Baghdad. He was just 3 months from returning home.
The family will receive friends Saturday, April 21, 2007 from 6pm to 8 pm at Dudley Shoals Baptist Church. The funeral services will be Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 3pm at Dudley Shoals Baptist Church with the Rev. Ron Winkler, Dr. Steve Matthews and Rev. George Smith officiating. The burial will follow with full military honors in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to New Life Baptist Church, 2111 Walt Arney Rd., Lenoir, NC 28645. The donations will be used to help offset the cost of transportation and lodging for other service members arriving from Ft. Lewis and Ft. Hood. To make a contribution, contact New Life Baptist Church at 828-728-1473.
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