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Date published: 3/26/2014

Retired Col. James Lowe

Retired Col. James Michael "Mike" Lowe, 59, of Stafford County died Friday, March 21, 2014, at Mary Washington Hospital. Surrounded by his loving family and friends, he lost his 17-month battle with lung cancer.

Beloved son, husband, father and Marine's Marine, Mike was born June 9, 1954, in Augusta, Ga., to Kathryn and the late Horace Mike Lowe. His adolescent and teen years were spent in Irwinton, Ga., in the loving home of his mother and his late stepfather, Colon Lamar Wilson.

In 1972, he was awarded a Marine ROTC Scholarship to the University of South Carolina, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in military history. Upon graduation in May of 1976, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

As an infantry officer, Col. Lowe served in all four Marine divisions and made eight Marine Expeditionary Unit deployments, including one as a company commander in 2nd Battalion 6th Marines deployed to Beirut, Lebanon, as part of the Multi-National Peace Keeping Force. He attended the Amphibious Warfare School in Quantico; the Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk; and the Marine Corps War College in Quantico. After graduating from the War College 1996, he was assigned to the faculty of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, where he served as the course director for warfighting. During this assignment, he was the recipient of his favorite honor, the Marine Corps University's annual Rose Award for teaching excellence.

Varied duty assignments included series officer at MCRD Parris Island, the Officer Assignment Branch at Head Quarters Marine Corps, the Special Operations Command Europe in Stuttgart, Germany; inspector instructor of 2nd Battalion 24th Marines in Chicago; G-3 operations officer, III Marine Expeditionary Force; assistant chief of staff G-3, 3rd Marine Division; and the high point of his time in Okinawa, commanding officer of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable).

Col. Lowe's last tour of duty was as the commander of Marine Corps Base Quantico. He enjoyed completing his 30-year career where it had begun, at Quantico, the "Crossroads of the Corps."

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