William Edwin RoweStaff Sergeant
D CO, 2ND BN, 16TH INFANTRY, 1 INF DIV
Army of the United States
05 May 1946 - 21 March 1969
Costa Mesa, California
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The database page for William Edwin Rowe
William "Billy" Rowe was born in Odessa, Texas and raised in the oilfields of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Billy was the third child born to his mother (she had a daughter by her first marriage) and second son of the marriage to Arthur Clayton Rowe of Odessa. There was an additional son born a year after Billy. He attended schools in Odessa, Hobbs and Carlsbad, New Mexico as well as Levelland. His father was killed in an oilfield near Odessa when Billy was in the 2nd grade. After the death of his father, his mother married George Ellis Jeffcoat of Odessa in Levelland, Texas and a sister and brother was born of this marriage. The family moved back to Odessa in the early 60's.
Billy was married to Linda Elaine Dunkle of Westminister, California. After being drafted into the Army, he attended the NCOIC school at Harmony Church, Fort Benning, Georgia. He graduated with class 17-68.
While in Vietnam, he became a Platoon Sergeant and was promoted to SSG. He was killed near Ben Hoa on March 21, 1968. He was buried in Westminister, California with full military honors.
At the time of his death, his mother and older and younger brother as well as his half brother and sister lived in Odessa. His older half sister lived in Arkansas. He is remembered by the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Midland, Texas. May his sacrifice not be forgotten.
From a PBVVM representative,
Photo at top of page is from the Permian High School 1963 annual.
Bill, we graduated together - CMHS 1965 - and you are truely missed.
As a Vietnam Vet, I gave but not as much as you. My tour 66-67 Navy found me putting words together, which I found fitting at that time as well as these times as our men our still serving the greatest country in this world.
Listen, can you hear brave men cry
From a friend, classmate, and Vietnam Vet,
The point-of-contact for this memorial is|
a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane, Odessa, Texas 79762
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 12 Jun 2006
Last updated 11/16/2007