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Rowell, Ross E. (1884-1947)


Photograph of Ross E. Rowell

Arlington National Cemetary

Ross E. Rowell graduated from Iowa State College, studied electrical engineering for two years at the University of Idaho, and worked for the U.S. Geological Survey before receiving a commission into the Marine Corps in 1906. He was highly decorated for his actions against Nicaraguan bandits in 1927-28, where his airmen were the first to employ such techniques as dive bombing, air to ground communications, and air transport against an organized enemy. He also lead Marine teams in aerial trophy competitions in the 20's.

Rowell was a 57-year-old major general in command of Aircraft, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific at the outbreak of war.

Service record

1884-9-24     

Born at Ruthven, Iowa
1906-8
Second lieutenant     

1908-11
First lieutenant

1914-9
Captain

1917-10
Major

1923

Flight training, Pensacola
1926

Naval Air Station, San Diego
1932-8
Lieutenant colonel     

1935-5-30     
Colonel
Director, Marine Corps Aviation
1939-12
Brigadier general

1940-7-1

Commander, Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific
1941-8-15     

Commander, Aircraft, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific
1942-1
Major general

1944-9-16

Chief, U.S. Naval Aviation Mission to Peru
1946-11-1

Retires
1947-9-6

Dies at San Diego Naval Hospital

References

Arlington National Cemetary Website (accessed 2008-6-25)

Brief History of Marine Corps Aviation

Pettibone (2006)


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