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Old 13-12-2016, 08:27 PM   #52
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Rowe was born in McAllen, Texas on February 8, 1938 to Lee Delavan & Florence (Survillo) Rowe..He grew up in McAllen, joining his local DeMolay chapter, and graduated from McAllen High School in 1956 before leaving for the US Military Academy at West Point, New York..His older brother Richard had also attended West Point, but died a few months before graduation in 1944..Rowe married Jane on December 27, 1969, who he later divorced.. His widow is Mary.. He has two daughters, Deborah & Christina, from his first marriage and two sons, Stephen & Brian, from his second marriage..Rowe graduated from West Point in 1960 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army.. In 1963, First Lieutenant Rowe was sent to the Republic of Vietnam and assigned as Executive Officer of Detachment A-23, 5th Special Forces Group, a 12-man "A-team".. Located at Tan Phu in An Xuyen Province, A-23 organized and advised a Civilian Irregular Defense Group camp in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam..On October 29, 1963, after only three months in country, Rowe was captured by VietCong elements along with Captain Humberto "Rocky" R. Versace and Sergeant Daniel L. Pitzer while on an operation to drive a Viet Cong unit out of the village of Le Coeur..Rowe states that the VC were a main force unit due to his observations of their equipment..

Then-Major James N. Rowe on the cover of his book..

Rowe was separated from his fellow Green Berets and spent 62 months in captivity with only brief encounters with fellow American POWs.. Rowe was held in the U Minh Forest, better known as the "Forest of Darkness," in extreme southern Vietnam..During most of his 5 years in captivity Rowe was held in a 3 by 4 by 6 feet (0.91 m × 1.22 m × 1.83 m) bamboo cage.. As an intelligence officer, Rowe possessed vital information about the disposition of defenses around the CIDG camps, the locations of mine field, names of friendly Vietnamese, and unit locations and strength.. Rowe had left his West Point ring at home in the US, and he told his captors that he was a draftee engineer charged with building schools and other civil affairs projects.. The Viet Cong interrogated him unsuccessfully.. They gave him some engineering problems to solve and Rowe, relying on the basic instruction in engineering he'd received at West Point, successfully maintained his deception. However, Rowe's deceptive cover was blown, when the Viet Cong managed to obtain a list of American high-value prisoners-of-war (POWs), and his name was in the list, identifying him as an intelligence officer.. This enraged the VC, prompting them to order his execution..Rowe was then led deep into the jungle, to be shot..When his would-be executioners were distracted by a flight of Huey helicopters, he overpowered his guard, escaped and flagged down a UH-1 chopper.. He was rescued on December 31, 1968..Rowe had been promoted to Major during captivity..

Complete History of the Green Berets ..

By February 1989, Colonel Rowe had acquired intelligence information which indicated that the communists were planning a major terrorist act.. He warned Washington that a high-profile figure was about to be assassinated and that he himself was second or third on the assassination list.. At around 7:00 in the morning of April 21, 1989, as he was being driven to work at the Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group HQ in an armoured limousine, Colonel Rowe's vehicle was hit by gunfire from a .45 caliber pistol and an M16 rifle near a corner of Tomas Morato Street and Timog Avenue in Quezon City.. 21 shots hit the vehicle; one round entered through an unarmoured portion of the vehicle frame and struck Colonel Rowe in the head, killing him instantly, while chauffeur Joaquin Vinuy was wounded.. Years later, the New People's Army eventually claimed responsibility for his assassination..Rowe was buried on May 2, 1989 in Section 48 of Arlington National Cemetery..A 21-gun salute is the most commonly recognized of the customary gun salutes that are performed by the firing of cannons or artillery as a military honour..April 21 – Princess Deokhye of Korea (25 May 1912) was the last princess of the Korean Empire..In 1925, she was taken to Japan under the pretense of continuing her studies..Like her brothers, she attended the Gakushuin - James Kirkwood signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War - Students from Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, and Nanjing begin protesting in Tiananmen Square..

1938 February 8 - The Battle of Alfambra ended in Nationalist victory..After the conquest of Teruel by the Republican army on 7 January, the Nationalists started an offensive in order to conquest the high ground around Teruel on 17 January and occupied the heights of La Muela, nevertheless the Republican troops led by Hernandez Saravia and backed by the International Brigades, stopped the Nationalist offensive on 27 January - Prentice Gautt was an American football running back for the University of Oklahoma football team & was the first black football player at the University of Oklahoma where he wore #38..Gautt died on March 17, 2005 from flu-like symptoms - Prince Nicholas of Greece & Denmark (22 January 1872), of the Glücksburg branch of the House of Oldenburg, was the fourth child and third son of George I, King of the Hellenes, and of Queen Olga.. He was known as "Greek Nicky" in the family to distinguish him from his paternal first cousin Emperor Nicholas II of Russia..Along with his brothers Constantine & George, Nicholas helped to organize the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, the first to be held since 393..He married Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia..They had three daughters..The Princesses were raised with an English nanny, Kate Fox, known as "Nurnie"...Spain Cross of Naval Merit -with White Decoration-Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order brian has not only been washed, as they say...It has been dry cleaned..It's like someone invites you to a party and you don't show up..It doesn't really matter..What do your friends call you?.Rosie..Do you honestly think somebody's gonna get up on the floor of the US Senate, and ask for two dollar notes for a couple of forgotten ghosts?..Wolf Den this is Lone Wolf do you read?..Murdoch said he was with 2nd battalion 3rd Marines at Kon Tum in '66..Put away your Penguin Freud, Diana & Krystal Ball...
__________________ + Aga Khan IV receiving a gift of Trinitite - Get set for Ecky thump..I still shudder when I think about the warrior who came up behind me, and the thwacking he gave me with his pork sword...

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