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During his two-week furlough from active duty in Iraq in March
2007, then Army Spc. Kevin Mowl, son of Dr. Harold Mowl, Jr. and
his wife Mary, and brother to their daughter Carlene, visited RSD.
Kevin spent time with his father, several high school students and
their teachers. Senior Derrick Behm remembered Kevin’s visit to RSD.
“He explained about his tours of duty and his sense of purpose
in Iraq,” Derrick says. “He was only home for two weeks and he
made time to come to our school to meet with us.”
Since Kevin knew sign language he brought his experiences in Iraq
directly to RSD students and their teachers.
“We don’t know a lot of soldiers, and because we’re all deaf, we
can’t be soldiers,” Derrick added. “We don’t get to meet people
like that very often.”
“He was a very nice person,” recalls Rebecca Sterling, a junior
The RSD community supported Kevin by writing letters to him and
to soldiers in his company. Students also collected books and sent
them to Kevin and his fellow troops in Iraq.
“We did that because it’s hard for U.S. soldiers in Iraq to get the
latest books,” said RSD junior Richard Spiecker.
Less than six months after his visit to RSD, Kevin Mowl was
seriously injured when a roadside bomb exploded under his military
vehicle in Baghdad. From there he was brought to the National
Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
RSD summer school students responded quickly. They made many
get well cards for Kevin and sent them to him.
At the start of the new school year students had ringed trees