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Dewitt Lowrey

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Dewitt Lowrey
Born(1922-04-22)April 22, 1922
Atmore, Alabama, United States
DiedJuly 8, 2015(2015-07-08) (aged 93)
Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Allegiance United States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1942-1945
Unit Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment,
101st Airborne Division
Battles/warsWorld War II

Corporal Dewitt Lowrey (April 22, 1922 – July 8, 2015) 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.[1] Information about Lowrey is in the 2009 book We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from Band of Brothers. Lowrey was not depicted in the Band of Brothers miniseries.


Lowrey was born near Atmore, Alabama. He grew up on the farm his family owned and worked there when he became old enough.[2] After finishing eleventh grade, he got a job loading boats in the shipyards.

Military service[edit]

Lowrey wanted to join the Navy, but was rejected because he failed the colorblindness test. He then joined the Army, volunteered for the paratroopers, and was sent to Toccoa, Georgia for training.[3]

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, so Lowrey's comrades helped him to take his stuff in his backpack and Lowrey carried the dog in his pack. The dog was named Draftee and became the mascot of Easy Company. Photos of Lowrey and Draftee were featured in newspapers. Draftee was later given to the nurses at Fort Benning.[4] The incident was recounted in "Shifty" Powers' biography, which described Lowrey as a good-hearted farmboy.[5]

Lowrey was sent to Aldbourne, England for further training in preparation for the invasion of Europe. Lowrey's southern drawl invited teasing: Donald Malarkey, remembered one night when Lowrey was drunk and crying in the barracks, probably after some serious harassing in the pubs. When Malarkey tried to comfort him, Lowrey pulled out a knife and held it to his gut. Joseph Toye pinned Lowrey up against a wall and warned him that if he ever hurt Malarkey, he'd kill him. Lowrey apologized to Malarkey the next morning.[6] Lowrey did not recall the incident, but did not discount it either, as he admitted having an awful temper.[citation needed]

Lowrey made his first combat jump on D-Day into Normandy. He hung up on a tree and had to cut himself down. He spent the night alone, crawling and scurrying with his machine gun.[citation needed] Lowrey also fought in Carentan and suffered a shrapnel wound to his head during the battle. He was sent to a hospital in England and later to hospitals in the U.S. for surgery.[7]

Later years[edit]

Lowrey had post-traumatic epilepsy due to his wound. He met Barbara Drew, who was then 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."[citation needed] Lowrey and Barbara were reunited and married on 28 December 1946, having two children.[8] Barbara died in 1999.

Lowrey wanted to become a CPA and a tax attorney, so he went to business school in Montgomery, but had difficulty coping due to headaches and concentration problems. The epilepsy also made it hard for him to find jobs. He eventually worked in the shoe business run by a friend in Montgomery.[9] He would retreat to the stockroom if he felt an oncoming attack. Lowrey thought fondly of Easy Company's men, describing them 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 memories that would set him back. He is referred to as "one of the lost ones."[citation needed]


  1. "Dewitt Lowrey Obituary". MontgomeryAdvertiser. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  2. p.6, Brotherton
  3. p.39, Brotherton
  4. p.49, Brotherton
  5. p.53, Brotherton, 2011
  6. Location 1564, Malarkey
  7. p.122, Brotherton
  8. p.221, Brotherton
  9. p.220, Brotherton


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