NEW PORT RICHEY, FL, US
SGT, HSC, 46TH ENGINEER BN (1MEF), FORT POLK, LA
03/28/2006, RUTBAH, IRAQ
Sergeant Michael David Rowe died in Rutbah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the 46th Engineer Battalion, Warrior Brigade, Fort Polk, Louisiana. Army Sergeant Michael D. Rowe died March 28, 2006 supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was killed one day before his twenty-fourth birthday.
Michael Rowe enjoyed life, and greatly appreciated what he had to live for. He was the author of many poems, one of which spoke of “a beautiful heaven where angels fly.” He was a leader who cared for and loved his soldiers unconditionally. He was also protective of his mother and family, and was secretive about his dangerous convoy support assignment which put him in harm’s way. Shortly after deploying, Michael learned that he and his wife were going to have a baby. His daughter, Nevaeh Elizabeth, was expected four months after his death. Michael also had a passion for music, and was excited about becoming a father. His deep love for his wife centered his universe.
His father, Vietnam-era veteran Dave Rowe, led about 140 motorcycles driven by the Patriot Guard Riders into the cemetery to honor Michael at his memorial service and has started an organization to assist veterans. The organization’s name: Sand Soldiers serves as a reminder that lost soldiers were once children in sandboxes and that as they return healing for them is required. Sand Soldiers and Michael’s father’s 1977 Harley serve as reminders and awareness that freedom is not free.
Sgt. Michael Rowe was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and a Purple Heart. His other awards include the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Michael is survived by his parents David and Marcy Rowe , a sister, and his wife, Rebecca and their daughter.
“He lived with honor.”