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Date published: 12/16/2012

Lt. Col. Barry W. Fowle U.S. Army Retired

Retired Army Lt. Col. Barry W. Fowle, 81, of Fredericksburg died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Col. Fowle was born in Newburyport, Mass., on Dec. 21, 1930. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in November 1948 and completed Officer Basic School in 1952. His last duty assignment was as deputy commander, U.S. Army Strategic Communications Command, Okinawa. Col. Fowle served in command and staff assignments within the continental United States and overseas. His overseas service included duty in the Caribbean, Germany, Korea, Japan, France, the Philippines, Vietnam and Okinawa. He retired from the U.S. Army in September 1971.

He held a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Philippines, a Master of Arts degree, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. All of his degrees were in United States history.

In his civilian career, he wrote numerous articles for Military Police Magazine, Engineer and Engineer Update. He also co-authored a book about the 51st Army Engineer Combat Battalion in World War II. He held teaching positions at the University of Maryland, Central Virginia Community College and Liberty University. He served as a staff historian within the Office of History, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Belvoir and taught at the school's Advanced Officers Course. He wrote numerous oral histories, edited "Builders and Fighters" and co-edited "Korea, the Forgotten War."

His last job was as a senior contract historian with the general of the U.S. Army. Col. Fowle's military awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Award with two oak leaf clusters.

Dr. Fowle's survivors include his wife, the former Janice Brown; two children, Paul and Deborah; granddaughter Jannie Bond; and brother Ronald Fowle, who lives in Maine.

He was preceded in death by two children, Barry Jr. and Karen.

The family will be present for the visitation at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. A service will follow at 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Arlington National Cemetery.

For the last three years Dr. Fowle has been in Hughes Home. The family thanks the staff for their support and caring attitude.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wycliffe Bible Translators Inc., Box 62811, Orlando, Fla. 32862-8211.

Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.