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US Navy Press Release
20 April 2022 – On Sunday, April 17, Lt. j.g. Aaron Fowler, age 29, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit One, died while participating in a training evolution with the Marine Corps at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kanehoe Bay. Fowler became unresponsive during the training and was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
The incident is currently under investigation by NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) and local authorities.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to Aaron’s family and friends, and we join them in remembering and mourning this brave warrior,” said Rear Adm. Joseph Diguardo, Jr., commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. “His decision to join this elite special operations community was a testament to the dedicated and selfless character he embodied and his legacy will endure in our ranks through those he inspired by his service.”
Fowler, who entered the service in 2012 and commissioned after graduating from the Naval Academy in May 2018, reported to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit One in January 2022.
Counseling is available to teammates through chains of command, command chaplains and Fleet and Family Support Center.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit One, based in San Diego, supports the fleet and joint force by clearing explosive hazards to provide access to denied areas, securing the undersea domain for freedom of maneuver, building and fostering relationships with capable and trusted partners, and protecting the homeland.
Editor’s Note: Lt. Fowler is the son of Charles and Lou-Ann (Klocke) Fowler of Oklahoma. The Fowlers are natives of Knox County and graduates of Knox County High School. He is the grandson of Ann and Kenneth Klocke of Edina and the late Laura and Byron Fowler.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, May 1, at Schaudt’s Glenpool Funeral Service Chapel, 719 East 141st Street, Glenpool, OK, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, May 2, at the Fellowship Bible Church, 5434 E 91st Street, Tulsa, OK, from 2:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m.