In Memory of
Army Staff Sergeant
James Douglas Mowris
1966 - 2004
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Doug Mowris Memorial Park
Aurora, Missouri (2005)
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The distinguished military career of Army Staff Sergeant
James Douglas Mowris, age 37, ended in the line of duty on January 29,
2004. Staff Sergeant Mowris was one of seven soldiers killed that
Thursday in an explosion during the clearing of an enemy weapons and
ammunition cache in Ghazni, Afghanistan. He is survived by his wife
Michele, his son Craig, age 14, and his daughter MacKenzie, age 9.
Born May 11, 1966 in Pennsylvania, Staff Sergeant Mowris
took his first step onto Active Duty, in the United States Army, on
September 7, 1984, at the age of 18. After completing his first
three-year Active Duty enlistment term, he married Mary Michele Evens,
of Aurora, Missouri. In 1989 their lives were blessed with a son, Craig
Andrew, and five years later in 1994, blessed with a daughter Mackenzie
Over a period marking nearly twenty years, Staff
Sergeant Mowris served his country in varying capacities, in uniform: 3
years and 4 months initial Active Duty enlistment from 1984 to 1988
during which time he attended Basic Training and Military Police
training at Ft. McClellan, Alabama; another 3 years Active Duty from
1992 to 1995 (984th Military Police Company) attending
Nuclear Biological Chemical Warfare Training (1993) and Primary
Leadership Development Course (1994); and just shy of 6 years from 1998
to 2004 with the Army Reserve (414th Military Police Company,
530th Military Police Battalion, 805th Military
Police Company), attending Total Army Instructor Training Course (2000).
His current term of service was to expire in May 2004.
During these periods of enlistments, overseas and
state-side deployments and temporary duty locations included: Turkey
(1986-87); Saudi Arabia, “Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm”
(1991); Somalia, “Operation Provide Hope” (1993); Honduras, “Task Force
Bravo” (1994-95); El Salvador, “Operation New Horizons, Joint Task Force
New Hope” (1999); Kosovo, “Operation Joint Guardian” (2000-01); Cuba,
“Operation Enduring Freedom” (2002); Ft. Benning, GA “Operation Noble
Eagle” (2002); and Afghanistan, “Operation Enduring Freedom” (2003-04).
Staff Sergeant Mowris, has long been described by his
fellow soldiers as, “a man always ready and able to lead the way.”
Members from the 414th Military Police Company agree that
Staff Sergeant Mowris set a high standard, that of a truly professional
Awards earned during his time of service, include:
Bronze Star (Posthumous), Meritorious Service Medal (Posthumous), Army
Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Joint Service ACH Medal, Army
Achievement Medal (2nd Award), Army Good Conduct, Army
Reserve ACH Medal (2nd Award), National Defense Service Medal
(2nd Award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia
Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, Humanitarian Service Medal
(Hurricane “Mitch” Operation), Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” (2nd
Award), Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army
Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas
Training Ribbon, United Nations Medal, NATO Medal, Kuwait Liberation
Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Kosovo Campaign
Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award – Task
Force Eagle, Driver & Mechanic Badge with Driver-W Bar, Army Lapel
In the civilian sector, Staff Sergeant Mowris was a
correctional officer at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in
Springfield, Missouri, since January 2003. While at home he enjoyed
coaching football and baseball, and had been a member of his Church
League softball team.
Those who had the honor of knowing and serving with Staff
Sergeant Mowris mourn his passing deeply, and pray for his family, his
wife, and his children. Let it be known, that on this day, our country
lost an honorable man, a loving husband, a devoted father, and an
exemplary American soldier.
So many serve this country, with valor and with
So many have made sacrifices, so many who have
It never seems to stop them, when they get the
They still serve with honor, still giving it
Their families sit and wonder if fate will see
Their hearts yearn for their loved ones, but
they have a job to do.
They carry on with one another, and take care of
Trying not to think of pain, trying not to think
There are some who stand above them, and guide
them to success,
There are some who wear the uniform who are the
There are some who cross their path, who teach
them all they need,
One who makes them stand up straighter, one who
is made to lead.
Our soldiers feel so blessed to have served with
a man like Mo.
Our soldiers feel so helpless now when they have
to let him go.
They will finish out their duty until the very
In honor of this man…this soldier and this
(Wife of SGT Josh Geno, 414th
In Memory of Others
lost that day...
Army Staff Sergeant
Shawn M. Clemens
Born April 1, 1975, Army SSG. Shawn M. Clemens, 28, had been in
the military for eight years. The father of a 3-year-old boy, he
arrived in Afghanistan in August and was squad leader of a sniper
unit. He had
previously been deployed in Kosovo. A hunter and fisherman, he
was a catcher for Allegany Central School's baseball team.
Besides his son, Gavin, Clemens also is survived by
his wife, April; a stepdaughter, Alexis; his father, William; and two
younger sisters, Michelle Clemens and Kristen Keenan. Clemens was
assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain
Division, based at Fort Drum, N.Y.
Robert J. Cook
J. Cook, 24, of Sun Prairie, Wis. Cook was assigned to 2nd
Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, based at
Fort Drum, N.Y. He joined the Army in 2000, and arrived in Afghanistan
in August 2003. He was training to be a medic when he deployed, and
hoped to be a nurse when he got out of the service.
his enlistment with the Army four years ago, Cook lived with his
mother, sister and stepfather in Sun Prairie. He graduated from Sun
Prairie High School in 1997. He loved to fish, play football, and
Adam G. Kinser
1982 - 2004
Adam G. Kinser, 21, of Sacramento, California, died just a few weeks
before he was scheduled to end his tour of duty and return home. His
widow, Tiffany Madewell Kinser, is expecting,
due to deliver in March.
is survived by his wife, Tiffany, his parents, Paul Jr. and Terri
Kinser; siblings, Blake, 19, Luke, 17, Rebekah, 8 and Jacob, 2;
paternal grandparents, Paul Sr. and Audrey Kinser; maternal
grandmother, JoAnn Fisher; and maternal grandfather, John Davis.
Specialist Kinser was assigned to the
304th Psychological Operations Company, U.S. Army Reserve, based in
Army Sergeant First
Class Curtis Mancini
1960 - 2004
SFC Curtis Mancini, 43, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is
survived by three children. He was
assigned to the 486th Civil Affairs Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve,
based in Broken Arrow, Okla. Mancini was born at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Dec. 12, 1960. His
father, John Mancini, was a career military man who retired as a
commander sergeant major.
Mancini graduated from the Broward County Police
Academy as the academic honor graduate in 1987 and joined the Davie
police. He was promoted to detective in 1989 and assigned to the
Narcotics division. He later went to the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration's Fort Lauderdale District office, where he served on a
drug task force until he returned to Davie in 2000. He became a
training officer, an adjunct instructor at Miami-Dade College, Broward
Community College and St. Petersburg Community College. He had also
been a guest lecturer for Nova Southeastern University's ADAPT
Program, a training program for substance abuse counselors.
He was working on a masters' degree at Barry
University in Miami when he was called back to active duty.
Mancini and his hand-picked colleagues had trained
Iraqis at a military base in Tazsar, Hungary in order to help them
liberate their country. He accompanied them
first to Kuwait and later to Iraq. He had recently been redeployed
after spending the holidays at home.
Justin A. Scott
Justin A. Scott, 22, of Bellevue, Ky. was assigned to 2nd
Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, based at
Fort Drum, N.Y.
Scott graduated from Bellevue High School in 2000 and joined the
U.S. Army in October that year. He was part of the 10th Mountain
Division at Fort Drum in New York. He was due to come home from
Afghanistan in May and to be discharged in October. He had a job lined
up with the Covington Fire Department and was going to marry his
fiancée, Kristen Menkhaus, on a Florida beach on July 28.
Danton K. Seitsinger
Danton Kyle Seitsinger, 29, of Oklahoma City, Okla. had
previously served in the Marine
Corps, and had been a student at Oklahoma Christian University since
the fall of 2000 in-between calls to military duty. Toward the end of
the fall 2003 semester, he left for duty in Afghanistan, assigned to the 486th Civil
Affairs Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, based in Broken Arrow, Okla.
Seitsinger graduated from Wentworth Military Academy
in Lexington, Mo., in May 1993. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps on
Dec. 7, 1993. During his six-and-a-half-year tour of duty, Seitsinger
guarded U.S. embassies in Brasilia, Moscow and the consulate in Rio de
Janeiro. Seitsinger also was an expert marksman and rifle instructor
at Camp Pendleton.
Oklahoma Christian University bestowed an honorary Bachelor of Science
degree on Seitsinger during a special ceremony following a memorial
chapel service. His father Dan, mother Jo and sister Karla accepted
the diploma in his place.
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