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01-31-2011, 10:46
Lowell Wesley Stevens, Sr., 69, of Fayetteville, N.C., made the leap into eternity on January 26, 2011.

Lowell arrived on this earth as the first child of a coal mining family on July 8, 1941, at Putney, W.Va. The coal mining camp of Putney was located at the head of a sixteen-mile hollow and no longer exists. He is the son of the late Elmer and Opal Young Stevens.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Larry; and his sister, Jean.

He was named after both of his grandfathers, Lowell H. Stevens and John Wesley Young.

Lowell was the first one in his family to graduate from high school, but had only two options after doing so; go to work in the coal mines, which had killed his Dad, or join the United States Military. His father had served as a machine gunner in Europe during the last stages of World War II with the 376th Infantry Regiment of the 94th Infantry Division and was immensely proud of his Combat Infantryman Badge. On July 29, 1959, Lowell entered the United States Army, having enlisted for Airborne unassigned. He graduated from Jump School in February 1960, and six years later was a master parachutist. Later on, he added HALO and HALO Master Wings to his chest. From December 1959 to May 1963, he was a proud member of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky. In May 1963, he volunteered for Special Forces training and completed the course with MOS 112 (Heavy Weapons Infantryman) in November of that year.

In November 1963, Lowell was assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) located on Okinawa and performed the duties of the heavy weapons man on A-Detachments. He served on Detachment A-312 from Company C on a six month TDY mission to South Vietnam from June to December 1964. From May to July 1965, he was a Squad leader in the Recon Platoon of the 1st Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment.

In October 1965, Lowell was assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in South Vietnam. Between this date and August 1972, Lowell completed a total of seventy-one months with the 5th Group in Vietnam. His duties included serving on A-Camps, MACV SOG, Mike Force Company Commander, and Instructor at MACV Recondo School. He served for a total of six years and five months in Vietnam. After Vietnam, he was assigned once again to the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) on Okinawa for eighteen months. In April, he was assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During the last eight years of military service, he preformed the duties of the Team Sergeant on Operational Detachments. In his opinion, nothing in the Army was greater or more important than the Team Sergeant on an ODA. After retiring from the Army on March 1, 1980, he was an owner/operator of a new Peterbilt truck, leased to trucking companies that specialized in hauling steel and machinery until July 1983. During these three and a half years, he traveled the continental United Sates and visited with his rig all but two of our states. He enjoyed seeing our country from the vantage point afforded him by the cab of his truck. In July 1983, he started work on Camp Mackall as the Range Control Representative. He took an intense interest in the history of Mackall and for the next twenty-seven plus years, he endeavored all but daily to learn the rich history of the “Home of the Airborne during WWII.” He said many times that his service in Vietnam and his time at Camp Mackall defined his life and provided a degree of contentment that few men ever realized. On September 1, 2010, Lowell retired from Civil Service on Fort Bragg with more than forty-seven years of enjoyable service with the Federal government.

Although he did not like to enumerate the awards he received while in the Army, it is customary to do so, so here it goes: Silver Star Medal (three awards), Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (six awards), Purple Heart (two awards), Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge and a handful of “I was there” awards. He was most proud of his Vietnam Campaign Medal, which indicated that he was awarded sixteen campaigns out of a total of seventeen awarded for the entire Vietnam War.

He is survived by sister, Frances Stevens James and husband, Cecil, of Thomson, Ga.; his wife of over 35 years, Emiko; son, Lowell Jr. and wife, Lauri; daughters, Natalie Stevens and husband, Bart Palmer, and Cheryl Stevens Mericle; two grandsons, Chance Palmer and Brandon Stevens; and two granddaughters, Brooke Stevens and Chasity Palmer, all of Fayetteville, N.C.

Memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, January 31, 2011, at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Sandhills Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

Service is entrusted to Rogers and Breece Funeral Home, Fayetteville, N.C.

Rest in Peace Brother...jd

Santo Tomas
01-31-2011, 10:50
RIP Warrior

01-31-2011, 10:52
RIP MSG Stevens. What an example you were of a true Warrior. My condolences to family and friends, as well as all of those that were mentored by you. You will not be forgotten.

01-31-2011, 10:53
RIP MSG Stevens.

A fine example of a "Quiet Professional" to emulate. Very humble man.

01-31-2011, 10:53
Prayers out to the family. RIP.

The Reaper
01-31-2011, 11:02
RIP, Lowell.

You knew more about Camp MacKall than any other man alive.

Thanks for your service.

Save us a place at the table, hermano.


01-31-2011, 11:13
Rest in Peace, MSG. Thank you for your lifetime of service and sacrifice. I regret that I never got to know you, but you are loved and honored by warriors that I love and honor.

You will ALWAYS be missed and NEVER forgotten.

molon labe

01-31-2011, 12:11
RIP MSG Stevens, Vaya con Dios..

01-31-2011, 12:20
RIP, Round-eye! :(

wet dog
01-31-2011, 12:48
Rest in Peace "Raider".

Thank you for the legacy MSG Stevens, you will never be forgotten.

Red Flag 1
01-31-2011, 13:04
Rest In God's Peace Warrior.

01-31-2011, 13:26
Rest In Peace.

01-31-2011, 14:10
RIP MSG you were one of my instructors at the MACV Recondo School. You will be missed!

01-31-2011, 15:59
Rest in Peace

01-31-2011, 18:31
RIP, Lowell.

You knew more about Camp MacKall than any other man alive.

Thanks for your service.

Save us a place at the table, hermano.


Your Omega friends will miss you. You were in recon with the best Omega had, and; you were at the top.

01-31-2011, 19:02
Rest In Peace and Thank You.

01-31-2011, 19:50
Rest in Peace Brother........

You will be missed by all.....

Ambush Master
01-31-2011, 20:18
Rest In Peace Brother!!

I whispered in your's and Plaster's ears, while you were Covey Riders, more than I care to remember. I'll be looking for you at the Rally Point just off of that final DZ, along with Howard, Moroney, and others.


01-31-2011, 22:22
Rest in Peace MSG Stevens. Thank you for your service

02-01-2011, 12:15
Rest in Peace MSG. Putney was located deep in the mountains east of Charleston, WV. Montani semper liberi.

02-01-2011, 13:13
God Bless,Rest in Peace Warrior..........:(

Big Teddy

02-01-2011, 16:03
Rest in peace MSG Stevens. Thank you for your service and sacrifices. Our prayers are with your family.

02-02-2011, 08:07
God Bless, prayers out to family and friends alike. Thank you for your service Warrior.

05-20-2011, 13:18
I missed this one… Just saw something today about Lowe’s passing.

What a great man. Yes TR he did know so much about CMK. While I was on the 18C Committee, I ran the FTX. Ernie and I would work with him on the FTX Objective sites. Many days and night I would sitting there listen to Ernie and Lowe talk. What a great experience that was, something I will never forget. People within SF don’t know how much he did while he was in and when he got out. Him helping me and other instructors with Camp Synders and about him setting up the SOT Compound on Mott Lake.

God Bless your wife and children.

Blue skies and soft landings Lowe.

You will be missed on CMK and elsewhere.

05-25-2011, 08:34
I also missed this one and MSG Stevens is familiar to me through reading of MAJ Plaster's 2nd SOG book and others.

RIP Warrior. Thank you for helping so many back and guiding so many going forward.
Prayers for your family and brothers at arms.

May all of you continue to have an eternal Covey Rider to guide you safely home.