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Fallen soldier's legacy lives among troops in Afghanistan

Posted October 17, 2011
Updated October 18, 2011

— Members of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade paused from their mission in Afghanistan on Monday to honor a comrade who was killed by enemy fire last week.

Staff Sgt. Robert Cowdrey, 39, a flight medic, was working a rescue mission with his crew in the Kunar province last Thursday when they came under fire. He was injured and later died.

Cowdrey was a member of Company C, 3rd Battalion and was one of the original members of the Medevac company. He was on his fourth deployment and was supposed to call Forward Operating Base Fenty home for the next year as the 82nd CAB served a year-long mission.

"His service to the army during time of war speaks volumes about him as an individual," Lt. Col. Jeffrey Cheeks said during a memorial service held for Cowdrey.

"I can truly say that, in all my years of Medevac, I've never met someone more committed to the company, its mission and the people who depend on us," Maj. Graham Bundy said.

Staff Sgt. Robert Cowdrey Memorial honors Bragg soldier killed in Afghanistan

Cowdrey was a blogger, loved dogs and was completed devoted to his family and fellow soldiers, according to his comrades.

"Through his tough leadership style, he earned the respect of those he worked with. That is how he built such strong friendships," Sgt. First Class Lottie Weidle said.

Cowdrey, who will be buried in his hometown of La Junta, Colo.,  is survived by his wife, Kimberly, and three sons in Sanford. His oldest son, Justin, is following in his footsteps as a Medevac soldier.

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  • MitziGaynor Oct 18, 2011

    RIP Sir and thank you and your family for the sacrifices you have made to serve a country you obviously LOVED and PROTECTED, as well as your love and dedication to your extended military family.

  • wiz Oct 18, 2011

    Staff Sgt. Robert Cowdrey was a very HIGHLY decorated & brave Soldier...I commend his dedication to his service & his drive to help others in need...

    People like this is what makes our Military the best in the world....My condolences to his family...I'm sure he will be missed beyond imagination...

    RIP Sir & thank you...

  • NoObamaCare Oct 18, 2011

    RIP AIRBORNE- You are now with the Airborne Ranger in the sky!

  • houtzen Oct 18, 2011

    Thoughts and prayers for his family. Thank you for his service and the sacrifices service families have to make for a worthy cause....defending our freedoms. God Bless

  • glitterpixie89 Oct 17, 2011

    My brother is in the Army and he served in Afghanistan for 9 months in 2010. It tears me apart to hear of a story of yet another U.S. soldier's death. It is very so sad that so many families have to go through this and my brother came close to death twice and he is extremely blessed to be alive. Much sympathy from my heart to those of his family.

  • whyalltheproblems Oct 17, 2011

    So very saddened to hear of this...my heart goes out to his wife and 3 boys..awful :(((

    Rest in peace and may your legacy live on.

  • orionsteve Oct 17, 2011

    RIP Brave Soul, thank you for your service.
    ritmire
    October 17, 2011 5:17 p.m.

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    Our troops are very special to most of us. Ask one of them about how special their Medics are. I am especially saddened when a Corpsman or Medic goes down. May God hold them all in the Palm of His hand.
    bgreen
    October 17, 2011 5:13 p.m.

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    I have two sons in the Army, one of whom is in the 82nd. My deepest sympathy to the family and may his death not be in vain. Hooah! jenniegreen October 17, 2011 3:46 p.m.

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    I am sorry for his family and friends' loss and for our country's loss.

    Ditto on all of the comments. Go home to glory soldier! RIP.

  • ritmire Oct 17, 2011

    RIP Brave Soul, thank you for your service.

  • bgreen Oct 17, 2011

    Our troops are very special to most of us. Ask one of them about how special their Medics are. I am especially saddened when a Corpsman or Medic goes down. May God hold them all in the Palm of His hand.

  • jenniegreen Oct 17, 2011

    I have two sons in the Army, one of whom is in the 82nd. My deepest sympathy to the family and may his death not be in vain. Hooah!

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