This story is a family fair. Three generations of Towery have served this great nation. Here are the details provided graciously by youngest Towery badass Pat:
"My Grandfather, Bob Towery enlisted and served in the Korean War with Eighth Army as tanker. He fought valiantly and reached the upper echelon of the enlisted ranks as a Master Sergeant. When he returned home he accepted a direct commission into the Mississippi National Guard as an officer, eventually becoming the commander of the local unit in Oxford, Mississippi. When James Meredith tried to enter The University of Mississippi as it's first black student, my Grandfather was deputized by the sheriff to "keep order in the town". The following night after the Ole Miss football game, he received a phone call informing him that the Mississippi National Guard had been federalized. My Grandfather returned to his station and took command of his unit to escort James Meredith into the University of Mississippi and protect him from rioters. Protesters came from all over the South as far as the mountains of Tennessee to halt integration of the University. People shot at him, his Soldiers, and threw rocks down onto his jeep from an overpass in town. People were threatening to kill the families of the National Guard Soldiers, so the guardsmen began to take off their name tape on their uniform to protect their families. Eventually, true order was restored to Oxford and James Meredith was able to enter the halls of Ole Miss as its first black student. Bob Towery always said he fought on both sides in the 'Battle of Oxford'. My Grandfather retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
My Father, Bobby Towery*, is a distinguished military graduate of Ole Miss. His first assignment as a young armor officer was to protect the nation's gold at Fort Knox. He would go on to become a jump master with the 82nd Airborne Division out of Ft. Bragg, NC. He was the head paratrooper jumping out of planes, and was the last guy to go after making sure everyone else had exited the aircraft. After his assignment at Fort Bragg, he headed to Fort Stewart, GA to take command of the 3rd Forward Support Battalion in the 3rd Infantry Division. His unit, being a forward support battalion, was one of the first to cross the Berm and head into Iraq in 2003. (Then) LTC Bobby Towery lead the 3rd FSB into combat through the initial invasion and joined the annals of history on America's Thunder Run to Baghdad. Col Bobby Towery through courageous leadership and timely decision making were critical in capturing Saddam (now Baghdad) International Airport and the Baghdad Olympic Stadium. LTC Bobby Towery established his Headquarters inside Baghdad Olympic Stadium, where his unit provided valuable medical and mechanical services to Coalition Forces and Iraqi nationals. Upon returning to the United States, Bobby Towery was promoted to the rank of Colonel. He went on to become the Deputy Commandant of the United States Army War College in Pennsylvania, retiring after 30 years of Service.
*Colonel Towery's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, Iraq Campaign Medal with two Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Combat Action Badge, and Canadian Foreign Jump Wings; and he is a Senior Rated Jumpmaster.
Patrick Towery entered into the Reserve Officers Training Corps as a Cadet at Bucknell University. He attended the grueling Sabulaski Air Assault School, earning the coveted Air Assault wings. He is Combatives level two qualified, and served as a co-instructor for the Modern Army Combatives Program at Carlisle Barracks. Patrick Towery commissioned into the Army as a Second Lieutenant following graduation at Warrior Forge in Fort Lewis, Washington on July 15th, 2013. He is now the third Towery in a row to serve as a commissioned officer and the first Aviation officer in his family's history. 2LT Towery will be stationed at Fort Rucker, Alabama for flight school. "
All of us at Chubbies HQ thank the Towery family for their tremendous service and bravery.