Gregory Owens—August 2010 Shipment Honoree
My name is Gregory Owens Sr.
Yesterday I found the 2 stories on your website LHCP about our son and was overwhelmed.
First, to see that someone was still thinking of him after a year of his death. Second, that you honored him in August. Gregory was born on 22 Aug xx while I was station in Baumholder, West Germany. Now what makes this so remarkable he was born in Landsthul Hospital. So we want to thank you all for this special 26th Birthday present. We watch and look at all the stories of the soldiers, airman, marines and sailors that make it back to Landstuhl and wish Gregory could have made it back there. But now thanks to you all he did. I’ll send you some photos of him and the 3 soldiers that were killed with him. Killed in Afghanistan on 2o July 2009.
The Owens Family
Greg Sr.,LaDonna, Shelena, (Greg Jr.). Lamar and Jonathan
Thank you all so much
Following dad’s footsteps by joining militaryThe Associated Press
And instead of taking his scheduled leave from duty in Afghanistan in July, he swapped shifts with another soldier so that he’d be home in mid-October as a surprise for his father’s 50th birthday.
Owens, 24, of Garland, Texas, died July 20 in Wardak province, Afghanistan when his vehicle was hit with a roadside bomb and enemy fire. He was based in Fort Drum, N.Y.
“He always put others before himself,” said his mother, LaDonna. “He made time to spend with other people and to listen to them.”
He was born in Germany during his father’s military service and had followed in those footsteps by joining the Army in 2007. He had graduated with honors in 2002 from Hillcrest High School, where he kept a full schedule but still managed to find time to roughhouse with his younger brothers and play sports with them.
“He did everything to keep my mom busy 24/7: band, Boy Scouts, church,” said his sister, Shelena.
Owens is survived by his parents, sister and younger brothers, Lamar and Jonathan.
Awards and Decorations
Sgt Owens’ awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal., National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon
U.S. Sergeant Gregory Owens (L) and Private Dennis Pratt are seen during a patrol in a village of Hajian in mountains of Wardak Province in Afghanistan in this July 15, 2009 file photo. Owens and Pratt died July 20, 2009 in Wardak when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle followed by an attack from enemy forces using small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires, a U.S. Defense Department statement says. Reuters