Second Lieutenant Thomas W. Fowler
Second Lieutenant Thomas Weldon Fowler is being inducted into the OCS Hall of Fame for Superior Valorous Combat Service. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor for actions above and beyond the call of duty during Operation Shingle near Carano, Italy, World War II.
2LT Fowler was born 31 October 1921 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He graduated from Wichita Falls High School and in September 1939 entered Texas A&M University. Lt Fowler majored in Animal Husbandry and selected Cavalry Branch for his required military science course. He graduated in February 1943 and entered the Army soon after. He completed OCS in Fort Knox, Kentucky in May 1943. LT Fowler was assigned to the 191st Tank Battalion and served with the unit during the Angio Beachhead in March 1944.
2LT Fowler was cited for conspicuous gallantry at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 23 May 1944 in the vicinity of Carano, Italy. During a combined armor infantry attack, Fowler took command of a leaderless infantry unit, guiding them safely through a mine field. He led the unit to secure the objective while personally saving the lives of wounded Infantrymen and removing a tank crew from its burning vehicle. All his actions were taken under intense enemy tank and infantry fire.
Ten days later on 3 June 1944, while commanding a tank platoon, 2LT Fowler was shot and killed by an enemy sniper. His Medal of Honor was presented to his wife, Anne and his son at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, on 11 November 1944.