Fredericksburg, Va. — Lt. Col. Barry W. Fowle U.S. Army Ret., 81, of Fredericksburg died Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at Mary Washington Hospital.
Col. Fowle was born in Newburyport, on December 21, 1930. He graduated from Newburyport High School in 1948. 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, United States Army Strategic Communications Command, Okinawa. Col. Fowle served in command and staff assignments both within the continental United States and overseas. His overseas service includes duty in Caribbean, Germany, Korea, Japan, France, Philippines, Vietnam and Okinawa. He retired from the United States Army in September 1971.
He held a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Philippines, a Master of Arts degree, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. All of his degrees are in United States History.
In his civilian career, he has written numerous articles for Military Police Magazine, Engineer, and Engineer Update. He also co-authored a book about the 51st Army Engineer in World War II. He has 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, United States Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Belvoir, Virginia and taught at the schools, Advanced Officer’s Course. He has written 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 United 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.