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Dewitt Lowrey
Nickname Alabama
Born April 22, 1922(1922-04-22) (age 97)
Place of birth Atmore, Alabama, United States
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1942-1945
Rank Corporal
Unit 506 patch Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment,
US 101st Airborne Division patch101st Airborne Division
Battles/wars

World War II

Relations -Barbara (wife)
-Nancy Crumpton (daughter)
-Cliff (son)

Corporal Dewitt Lowrey (born April 22, 1922) was a soldier with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army during World War II. Lowrey was one of the 140 Toccoa men of Easy Company. Lowrey's life story was featured in the 2009 book We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from Band of Brothers.

YouthEdit

Lowrey was born near Atmore, Alabama. He grew up in the farm his family owned and worked there when he got old enough.[1] After finishing eleventh grade, he got a boat loading job in the shipyards.

Military serviceEdit

Lowrey wanted to get into the navy, but was rejected because he failed the colorblindness test. He then volunteered for paratroopers, and was sent to Toccoa, Georgia for training.[2]

On the march from Toccoa to Atlanta, a stray dog had been following the soldiers for several miles. Noticing that the dog was limping, Lowrey picked him up. Lowrey's comrades helped him to take his stuff in his backpack, and Lowrey carry the dog in his backpack. The dog was named Draftee and became the mascot of Easy Company. Photos of Lowrey and Draftee were featured on newspapers. Draftee was later given to the nurses in Fort Benning.[3] The incident was recounted in Shifty Powers's biography, which described Lowrey as a good-hearted farmboy.[4] Lowrey was sent to Aldbourne, England for further training and preparation for the invasion of Europe. Lowrey's southern drawl invited teasing. His comrade Donald Malarkey remembered one night Lowrey was drunk and crying in the barracks, probably after some serious harassing in the pubs. When Malarkey tried to comfort him, Lowrey was sticking a knife to his gut. Joseph Toye grabbed Lowrey away, and saved Malarkey. Lowrey apologized to Malarkey next morning.[5] Lowrey did not recall the incident, but did not discount it either, as he admitted having an awful temper.[6]

Lowrey made his first combat jump on D-Day into Normandy. He hung on a tree and had to cut himself down. He spent the night alone, crawling and scurrying with his machine gun.[6] Lowrey also fought in Carentan and was wounded there when a shrapnel hit his head. He was sent to a hospital in England and later to hospitals in the States for operations.[7]

Later yearsEdit

Lowrey had posttraumatic epilepsy due to his wound. He met Barbara Drew, who was 16, in a cafe while still in the hospital. They fell in love, but since Lowrey decided to go to Cushing General Hospital for further treatment, he told her to date others. He spent a year at Cushing, and thought that the time there taught him 'patience, humility and hope.'[6] Lowrey and Barbara got married in December 28, 1946, and had two children.[8] Barbara passed away in 1999.

Lowrey wanted to become a CPA and a tax attorney. He therefore went to business school in Montogomery, but he could not handle it due to headaches and concentration problems. The epilepsy also made it hard for him to find jobs. He eventually worked in the shoe business ran by his friend in Montgomery.[9] He would retreat to the stockroom if he felt an attack coming. Lowrey thinks fondly of Easy Company's men, describing themselves as 'young, carefree, 10 feet tall and bulletproof.' He chose not to associate with his old comrades, however, because he did not want anything to trigger the war memory that will set him back. He is referred to 'one of the lost ones.'[6]

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. p.6, Brotherton
  2. p.39, Brotherton
  3. p.49, Brotherton
  4. p.53, Brotherton, 2011
  5. Location 1564, Malarkey
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Veteran avoids his Band of Brothers
  7. p.122, Brotherton
  8. p.221, Brotherton
  9. p.220, Brotherton

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