Roy F. Fowler

1st Sgt. Roy F. Fowler 453962

Roy Fletcher Fowler was born March 5, 1921. He was the son of Mrs. Justin D. Fowler and the late Mr. Fowler of Monroe. He attended Unionville High School having graduated there with the Class of 1938. After his graduation he soon accepted employment with the Carolina Bakeries of Charlotte, where he remained until he volunteered for service with the Marines September 27, 1942. He was a lifelong member of Grace Methodist Church. He was quite an active citizen in both church and school.

After volunteering for service, he was sent to Paris Island, S. C. for his basic training and after that to New River, N. C. where he remained until he was assigned to the Sixth Marine Division for services overseas. He left the states July 29, 1944.

After going overseas he quickly reached the rating of 1st Sgt. He received various medals including one for Marksmanship, Pistol Expert, and the Purple heart. His outfit was assigned to take part in the Battle of Okinawa where they landed Easter Sunday Morning of ‘45. He was seriously wounded June 5, 1945 and died June 7, 1945

He was married to the former Miss Cleo Crowell and has two children, Brenda Gayle and Roy Jr. He has two sisters, Mrs. J. V. Fowler, Jr. of Concord, Marvin Fowler of Charlotte, and Edward Fowler of Monroe. His Memorial Service was held July 29, 1945, at Grace Chapel Methodist Church with Rev. J. H. Amhurst and Rev. H. R. Cornelius conducting. He was buried in the Sixth Division Cemetery on Okinawa until he was returned home March 18, 1949.

Graveside services were held at Lakeland Memorial Park March 20, 1949, with Rev. John H. Carper and Rev. T. J. Huggins conducting.

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