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Robert W. Lowe

Major (Retired) Robert W. Lowe, 86, died January 8, 2004, in Washington, DC.

Bob was born in Washington, DC, and graduated from Roosevelt High School.  While attending high school and for several years after, he served as an enlisted man in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Air Reserve Squadron in Washington, DC.

In 1939, Bob went on active duty in the USMC Aviation Corps and in 1943, he  was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the USMC Reserve.  At this time, Bob was ordered to the Central Pacific as a Squadron Ordnance Officer and was promoted to 1st Lieutenant with a regular USMC Commission.  He returned to the U.S. in 1944 and was assigned to Vero Beach, Florida, as an Ordnance Officer.

In 1946, Bob's next assignment was to assist in re-activating the Marine Air Reserve Unit in Washington, DC.  Shortly thereafter, he was sent to North China and Hawaii, and during this time, he was promoted to Captain, USMC.  Bob returned to Quantico, Virginia, in 1950 as the Assistant Provost Marshal.  This assignment was followed with a tour in Korea with the First Marine Division.

In 1954, Bob was selected as a member to the USMC Rifle Team for National Matches.  Bob earned the designation as Distinguished Marksman and Distinguished Pistol Shot.

Bob resigned his commission from the Marine Corps in 1956 and was re-commissioned as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve at Fort Benning, Georgia.  Bob was then assigned to the U.S. Army Advanced Marksmanship Unit and was a member of the U.S. Army Rifle Team at the National Matches.  He also earned the U. S.  Army Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge in 1957 and the U. S. Army Distinguished Rifleman Badge in 1958.  Bob is believed to be the only person to earn these "double" Distinguished designations in both the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army.

Bob retired as a Major in the U.S. Army in 1959 and was employed by the National Rifle Association (NRA).  Over the next 20 years, he served as Associate Technical Editor, Museum Curator, and Manager of the Annual Trade Show at the NRA's yearly convention.  He retired from the NRA in 1980.

Historian's Note: The MMA is grateful for the donations made by Bob Lowe of past issues of the American Rifleman Magazine (1930-1940 era) for our library.


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