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First Name: David

Last Name: Owens

Birthplace: Winchester, VA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)

Middle Name: Edward

Date of Birth: 09 July 1982

Date of Death: 12 April 2003

Rank: Lance Corporal

Years Served:
David Edward Owens, Jr.

•  Iraq War (Operation Iraqi Freedom) (2003 - 2011)


David Edward Owens Jr.
Lance Corporal, U. S. Marine Corps
Operation Iraqi Freedom

David Edward Owens Jr. was born on 9 July 1982 in Winchester, VA. David played football, ran track and excelled at wrestling at James Wood High School. In his senior year, he placed fourth in the Commonwealth District Wrestling Tournament and sixth in the Northwest Region.

Military Service

After graduation in 2000, Owens joined the Marines. He hoped that it would lead to a career as a state trooper.

On 12 April 2003, Lance Cpl. David Owens was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA, which was deployed in Iraq. That day, during a gun battle in Baghdad, Owens was shot in the chest. He died on the way to the hospital.

He is remembered as a "quiet, decent guy" and a good athlete. Jaye Copp, the high school's head wrestling coach, said Owens was "a good team man. He did well, even surpassed his own ability, by giving it all he had. He had a good sense of humor and he was just a good, gentle person. This town was proud of him before he went and we're even prouder of him now." 

Medals and Awards

Purple Heart

Death and Burial

Lance Cpl. David Edward Owens Jr. was killed in action on 12 April 2003. He is buried at Shenandoah Memorial Park in Winchester, Frederick County, VA.

Honoree ID: 2189   Created by: MHOH




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