‘Wolverines’ Soldiers honor friend, comrade at service
Sgt. Michael Lowery
Story by: Sgt. Scott Lamberson
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The 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley honored a fallen Soldier during a May 8 memorial ceremony at Morris Hill Chapel.
The memorial service was for Sgt. Michael Lowery, combat engineer, Company A, Special Troops Battalion, 4th IBCT.
Lowery died April 7 in Manhattan.
"Today is not so much a day for grieving or mourning, but a day to remember Sgt. Michael Lowery and everything he accomplished and did in his life. Mike was more than a great Soldier and leader, he was a loving son, brother and a friend to anyone he met," said Sgt. Anthony Tuthill, a friend of Lowery's. "I had the privilege and the honor of serving with Mike in Iraq, Afghanistan and Fort Riley. During our tour in Iraq, we became friends, and I never knew such a person could change my life."
Lowery was born May 30, 1990. He began his military career in February 2009 at Fort Jackson, S.C., where he attended basic training and Advanced Individual Training. In August 2009, Lowery was assigned to the "Wolverines."
"I first met Sgt. Lowery in November 2010, when he introduced himself as my new driver. Eager to make a good first impression, he had our humvee prepped and ready to go to visit training the following day," said Lt. Col. Donovan Ollar, former commander, STB, 4th IBCT. "As the battalion trained for its deployment to Afghanistan, Lowery and I made frequent trips out to visit Soldiers. We would talk about a host of subjects, but our conversation always centered on his Family, his career and getting back to Co. A. He yearned to be back amongst his 'Sapper' brothers."
In 2009, Lowery deployed to Tuz, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he conducted route-clearance missions and served as a driver and gunner.
In May 2012, Lowery deployed again to Paktika, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he served as a driver, gunner and team leader while conducting route-clearance missions.
"I will cherish the memories I have of Mike, and I will take him in spirit where ever I may go. Mike, until we meet again, just know that we miss you and love you," Tuthill said.
"Soldiers of the 'Wolverine' Battalion and Co. A will recover from this tragedy, but we will never forget him," Ollar said. "Please remember the memories you have witnessed today from people who were close to Lowery. Let us celebrate his life, while we reflect on his passing."
Lowery's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Medal; Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal; and the Combat Action Badge. Lowery is a graduate of the Warrior Leader's Course.
Lowery is survived by his wife, Miarca (Mori); his father and stepmother, Master Sgt. Barry and Carri Lowery; his mother, Christina Schalansky; and four brothers, Steve, Cody, DJ and Joey.