1SGT Paul Richard Dowdy, Jr., 74, passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.
Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Dowdy; his father, Paul R. Dowdy Sr, and his mother, Christine Dowdy.
He is survived by his brother, Gary Dowdy; his three sons, Steve Guillemette, Larry Smith, and Billy Smith, three grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
1SGT Dowdy served in 5th and 7th Special Forces Groups at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During his 27 years of service he traveled the world never finding a fight he wasn’t willing to fight. He served in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Congo, Zaire, Yemen, El Salvador, Panama in efforts to liberate the oppressed. He learned French, Spanish, and Arabic. He completed SCUBA, HAHO and HALO training. He fought for his county with honor and valor, putting all others before himself.
1SGT Dowdy’s Awards/badges included: SCUBA, Senior Jumpmaster, Combat Infantrymen Badge, A Bronze Star with Valor, and a Purple Heart.
A Graveside Service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Fayetteville Memorial Cemetery with full military honors.