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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (May 31, 1946)
Colonel Fowler,UO Alum,
To Head Campus ROTC
ETO Veteran, Served With 44th Division,
y Takes Over Post Vacated By Major Averill
Lt. Col. William H. Fowler arrived on the campus Saturday
° head the department of military science and tactics, the
position made vacant by the recent transfer of Major William S.
Averill to the Ft. Lewis separation center.
I Graduating with an education degree from the University
pn 1931, when he also received his commission in the officer’s
jcserve corps, uoi. r owier returns
[to Eugene from extensive combat
Iduty overseas with the 44th divi
After graduating from Oregon,
Fowler taught high school in Lane
county for four years, later be
coming a camp commander and
educational director for the civilian
conservation corps. He started his
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active army duty in December,
1940, completing officers’ advanced
infantry training at Fort Benning.
Then he w,as placed in charge of
the officer candidate program at
Camp Roberts, California.
In 1943 he joined the 71st in
fantry regiment of the 44th divi
sion, then stationed at Ft. Lewis.
While this unit was preparing for
YEARS AFTER GRADUATION . . .
When you are planning...
overseas service, he served as regi
mental plans and training officer.
When the organization landed over
seas, Fowler was a battalion com
mander and led his men throughout \
the 44th’s long combat phase which
included the campaigns in Eastern I
France, Germany, Bavaria and
For his performance during the
capture of Saarburg, Fowler's ba
ttalion receiving credit for the re
duction of that city, he was award
ed the silver star. Later he was
to receive the bronze star for meri
torious service from the period
September 20, 1944, to May 8, 1945.
Colonel Fowler also wears the com
bat infantry badge.
Colonel Fowler’s battalion made
a river crossing to enter the 'city
of Mannheim and were the first
troops to enter that large indus
trial town. Earlier the unit had
breached the Maginot line in the
44th’s sector. The same battalion
earned credit for the flanking of
German defenses at Fern Pass in
Austria, the final major defense
facing the 71st regiment.
UO War Service
George N. Belknap, University
editor, is assembling for permanent
preservation the basic records and
archival material relating to the
history of the University during
World War II. As part of this rec
ord Belknap is at present docu
menting information concerning
the part University staff members
played in the war effort.
The records are being compiled
by Belknap at the request of Pres
ident Harry K. Newburn, and will
contain not only the story of mili
tary service rendered but also rec
ords of civilian services contribut
ed by people directly connected
with the University.
ASUO Officers Dine
Members of the old and new ex
ecutive councils were feted at the
annual ASUO-sponsored banquet
Tuesday night at the Eugene ho
New executive council officers
attending the banquet included |
Tom Kay, Gil Roberts, Marge Cow- |
lin, Dave Fortmiller, Dorothy Fow
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Jack Craig, Janet Douglas, Phyllis
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