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Owen Bearden Strain

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Submitted by: Sue Reynolds
Owen Bearden Strain on the left and Joe Busby on the right.

Owen Strain began his law career as an officer in Okemah working for the police dept. He joined the Highway Patrol after it was organized in 1937. He enrolled in the Fourth Academy and graduated at Stringtown, Oklahoma in 1941. He served at Anadarko, Altus, Seminole, McAlester, Okmulgee, Tulsa, and Claremore.
In 1944 and 1945 during World War II, Owen served in the Navy aboard a destroyer, 'U.S.S. Urben. When they sailed into Japan, they started bombing smoke stacks. He was at Hiroshima when the atonic bomb was dropped August 6, 1945.
Owen left his patrol duties in 1947-49 to serve as Assistant Director of the Crime Bureau of the Department of Public Safety on special assignment. One case he solved appeared in a magazine called, 'Real Detective-America's Best True Crime Stories'. The case was called 'Cold Comfort for a Corpse', about a man who had been beaten to death April 11, 1948 and left on an army cot by the side of the road. In the story, Owen is referred to as one of the State Crime Bureau's ace investigators. The story featured several pictures of Owen. When Owen returned to the patrol in Claremore, he had completed nearly eighteen years of service.


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