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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.<ref>p.39, Brotherton</ref>
 
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.<ref>p.39, Brotherton</ref>
   
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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.<ref>p.49, Brotherton</ref> The incident was recounted in [[Darrell Powers|Shifty Powers]]'s biography, which described Lowrey as a good-hearted farmboy.<ref>p.53, Brotherton, 2011</ref>
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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.<ref>p.49, Brotherton</ref> The incident was recounted in [[Darrell Powers|Shifty Powers]]'s biography, which described Lowrey as a good-hearted farmboy.<ref>p.53, Brotherton, 2011</ref>
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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.<ref>Location 1564, Malarkey</ref> Lowrey did not recall the incident, but did not discount it either, as he admitted having an awful temper.<ref name="Article" />
 
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.<ref>Location 1564, Malarkey</ref> Lowrey did not recall the incident, but did not discount it either, as he admitted having an awful temper.<ref name="Article" />
   

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