GOODING -- Marine Capt. Alan Blake Rowe has been posthumously promoted to major after being killed in Iraq last week.
Dawn Rowe, the widow of the 35-year-old Hagerman man, said the promotion had been pending and would have been awarded within the next few months had Rowe lived. Rowe was the weapons company commander for the 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.
He died Friday when a remote-controlled explosive device detonated as he returned to his vehicle after inspecting a bridge in Al Anbar, near the Syrian border.
A graveside service is scheduled for Saturday in Fairfield before burial there. A memorial service was set for Friday at the Marine Corps base at Twentynine Palms, Calif., where the unit is based .