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C. Gilbert Lowery

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C. Gilbert Lowery “joined the U.S. Navy in 1954 at the age of 19. He is a self-employed tax accountant and a retired government auditor, as well as a former town commissioner and former mayor of Jonesville, NC. He and his wife, Carol, have been married for 52 years and they currently reside in Cary, NC. They have four children, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.” C. Gilbert Lowery is the author of The Untold Experiences of a Navy Corpsman: A US Navy Hospital Corpsman with a US Marine Corps Reconnaissance Patrol Team in the 1950's on covert Korean missions.

According to the book description of The Untold Experiences of a Navy Corpsman: A US Navy Hospital Corpsman with a US Marine Corps Reconnaissance Patrol Team in the 1950's on covert Korean missions, “He was given a classified mission and sworn to secrecy. Now, after more than 50 years, C. Gilbert Lowery is finally willing to share his stories. He’s compiled his experiences in his new book, The Untold Experiences of a Navy Corpsman. The U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman took part in covert Korean missions with a Marine Corps reconnaissance patrol team in the 1950s.

“We had to go into enemy territory after fighting had ceased to search for illegal military facilities that the North Koreans declared non-existent, and for Americans held prisoners of war,” Lowery says. “I don’t think we ever got them all out.” While writing The Untold Experiences of a Navy Corpsman, it was often painful for Lowery to think back to that time in his life. Lowery was unable to continue in the medical profession after discharge from the Navy because of the recurring dreams, nightmares and many consecutive sleepless nights caused by remembering the traumatic experiences in Korea. Some are in the book and some, he says, will never be told.


The Untold Experiences of a Navy Corpsman: A US Navy Hospital Corpsman with a US Marine Corps Reconnaissance Patrol Team in the 1950's on covert Korean missions.
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“Once a year for 10 years following my release from active duty, I was visited by two CIA agents and debriefed, or reminded, that I signed an oath of secrecy after each of the five missions,” says Lowery. “That was and still is in the back of my mind.” An inspiring story of heroism and bravery, The Untold Experiences of a Navy Corpsman details how a handful of marines secretly risked their lives to save others. “My number one qualification for writing the book is that I lived the part,” says Lowery. “I was there.”

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