Forrest A, Mowry

forrest mowry
Lt. Col Forrest A. Mowry, USAF (Ret.)

Died at his home in Heritage Hunt, Gainesville, Virginia on September 27th, 2007. He was born on November 11, 1917 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

He joined the USAF in 1940 and received his ‘Pilot Wings’ in 1942. During WWII, Colonel Mowry flew with the 5th Air Force in the South West Pacific area, during which time he saw action in the Bismarck Sea Battle and the Buna and Lae Campaigns, flying 51 combat missions which consisted of bombing missions against enemy airdromes and installation and attacks on enemy naval vessels, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Service Medal with 2 clusters.

In April of 1953, he was personally selected to serve with the North America Treaty Organization (NATO), Headquarter in Oslo, Norway and in February of 1957 he was assigned to the 791st Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron, Hanna City Air Force Station, IL., to serve as Operations Officer and later as Commander.

Upon return to the Zone of the Interior, he served as an instructor pilot in the Replacement Training Unit Program and in 1959 he was reassigned to the Inspector Generals Office, Central Air Defense Force, to perform duties as Chief of Personnel, Head Quarters 328th Fighter Wing.

He retired from the Air Force in August of 1962 and went to work as an Air Traffic Control Specialist with the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA), Eastern Region, Air Traffic Division,. Washington ARTC Center, Leesburg, Virginia. where he served until 1983. He is survived by his loving wife Margaret, brother Warren Mowry of New Mexico and sister Martha Smith of Rhode Island.

Funeral Home:

Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.

Vienna, VA

US 22180

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  1. It has been an honor to know such a happy and loving couple. By example he has shown all of us how to live and die. He was a great friend that will be missed by many, many people. He now not only rests in peace, but also has the answers to the many questions that we all share. See you later, Scudder. emerson and nora

  2. My Uncle Forrest will be missed terribly. I truly loved how he enjoyed life. No one ever made breakfast more fun than Forrest. I am grateful that he was a part of my life.

    • I am trying to reach Forrest’s family members due to us owning his former home in Vienna. I can be found easily by a Google search.

  3. My condolences to Mo’s family and friends. I worked with Mo in Leesburg for many years and he was a great fellow worker, who enjoyed his job and was a friend to all. God Bless. Jon Jacobus, Retired ATC, Washington ARTCC.

  4. We will miss Forrest’s love of life, friendly style, and sense of humor. Margaret, you and he were such a special couple, and you are both in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. We are truly sorry for your loss, and we are grateful for the privilege of knowing Forrest for these last few years. You are in our prayers. Wtih love, Mark and Susan and family

  6. To Margaret and family we will miss Uncle Forrest.I will always remembered how he drove a car,fast just like his jet airplane. Our prayers are with you all.

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