SSG Robert Cowdrey—May 2012 Shipment Honoree
Email sent to LHCP board member on May 9th 2012.—My name is Justin Cowdrey I am am the oldest of 3 brothers, my father was Brian Cowdrey I came across a post about my dad on facebook and wanted to thank you and the people you work with, it means a great deal to my family and I to see that people still care once again I thank you for the story. Spc Justin Cowdrey
A Fort Bragg paratrooper and Flight Medic who deployed two months ago was killed in combat in Afghanistan
From SSG Cowdrey’s wife.
It is with heavy hearts and deep sorrow that we announce the death of our soldier, Staff Sgt. Robert B. Cowdrey, 39, who died Oct. 13 2011 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, from injuries suffered during combat operations. Robert was a husband, a father, a brother, a son, a friend, a mentor, and a very passionate and dedicated flight medic with the 3rd Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. His death leaves a hole in our hearts that can never be filled. There are no words adequate enough to express how much Robert was loved, how much he will be missed, and how the lives he touched – and saved – will be forever changed because he was on this earth.
Robert is survived by his wife, Kimberly, and their three sons, Justin, Charles and Daniel. SSG Cowdrey oldest son Justin joined the Army as helicopter mechanic. He is currently stationed in Germany.
Robert was born 26 May 1972 in Atwater, Ohio. Robert graduated from La Junta High School in 1990. Then in June 2003 he decided to join the Army. Robert loved the outdoors. Bow hunting with his brother Quentin was something he looked forward to every year. He also loved driving around in his truck with his family, listening to his favorite songs (“Rise Above” by Seether was always blaring), eating his wife’s home cooked meals, taking his German Shepherd for walks and spending quality time with family and friends, especially his sons.
Robert deployed four times after joining the Army, including a tour in Iraq from July 2004 to July 2005 and three tours in Afghanistan, according to a news release. In addition to his latest deployment, Robert served in that country from January 2007 to February 2008 and from April 2009 to March 2010.
Robert’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, three Air Medals, two Army Commendation Medals for valor, three Army Commendation Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Medic Badge, the Combat Action Badge and the Aviator Badge.