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Julius Bowen Jr.

Born: 02/04/1941 Died: 09/19/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: Corporal

Julius L. Bowen Jr., 70, passed away on Sept.19, 2011, in Lawton. He was born on Feb. 4, 1941, in New Haven, Ill., to Julius L. Bowen Sr. and Mary Louise Thomas. He married Andrea “Tweetie” Lyons on July 17, 1997, in Pawnee. He was affiliated with the Baptist Church, had served in the Marine Corps, League Past President, as a Boy Scout Troop Master, and on the Advisory Board at Oklahoma University for Native Americans. He was a Marine Advisor in Vietnam, serving five tours of 13 months in Vietnam, and was a Civil Engineer. Julius enlisted in the U.S. Marines in 1957 and received his honorable discharge on Sept. 26, 1966, with the military rank of Corporal. He served in Vietnam and received the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Citation, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Leaf and Frame, Vietnam Civil Action Color Medal with Palm and Frame, Republic of Vietnam Campaign with Four Bronze Stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with one Bronze Star, National Defense Medal, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal dated from 1962 to 1966, Combat Air Crewman Wings with three Gold Stars, Navy Parachute Wings, Meritorious Mass (for mines and booby traps) deployment in combat, and other Shooting Badges, and miscellaneous awards. His military experience included Boot Camp MCRD in San Diego, Calif., Advance Infantry Training at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sea School, MCRD at San Diego, Marine Detachment USS Helena CA-75 Cruiser, 1st Reconnaissance Bt. 1st Marine Division Camp Pendleton, Calif., (Recon Trained) HMM 363 Helicopter Squad, HMM 364 Helicopter Squadron, Navy Adviser Unit 79.3.6 Vietnam HMS 36 1st Marine Air Wing, and served from 1962 to 1966 in Vietnam. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He believed highly in God.
Julius was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Louise Swink and Julius L. Bowen Sr.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Julius is survived by his wife, Andrea “Tweetie” Bowen of Pawnee; daughters, Sabrina Stephens with husband Gerald of Hugo, and Leah Vannoy with husband Samuel of Lawton; sons, Julius L. Bowen III of Hugo and George Russell Gardipe Jr. with wife Lisa of Lawton; 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Katherine Vannoy with husband John of Geronimo; brother Phillip Bowen of Van Nuys, Calif.; aunts, Ruth Fuller of Sawyer, Betty Span Hanks of Van Nuys, Calif.; niece Deborah Louise Vannoy of Geronimo; along with a number of other relatives and many friends.