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RICHARD LEE BOWERS


is honored on Panel 28W, Line 23 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembered

    Posted on 5/17/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR MAJOR RICHARD BOWERS,
    THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN INFANTRY UNIT COMMANDER. YOU ARE STILL MIA.
    PLEASE COME HOME.
    MONDAY WAS THE 42ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE MAYAQUEZ INCIDENT - THE LAST BIG BATTLE OF THE WAR BIG SIGH. IT HAS BEEN FAR TOO LONG FOR ALL OF YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE. YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS.
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  • MIA bracelet

    Posted on 5/24/15 - by Janey Conley Janeyc94@gmail.com
    I have worn his name on my arm since the 70's. I have also followed his story, he has become a part of my life to share with my children, grand children and loved ones.
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  • Wisconsin 37 POW/MIA Tribute

    Posted on 8/24/14 - by Jeff Doc Dentice
    Richard Bowers is remembered on Docs Wisconsin 37 Tribute page, along with all the WI. Vietnam War POW/MIA. www.war-veterans.org/Wi37.htm
  • Final Mission of MAJ Richard L. Bowers

    Posted on 6/26/14 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    SFC Gerasimo Arroyo-Baez and MAJ Richard L. Bowers, two U.S. advisors, two other Americans and a number of ARVN personnel were on duty at Tam Soc operating base in Ba Xuayn Province, near Saigon. The base personnel awoke early on the morning of March 24, 1969, to find the unit under attack by what was estimated to be a company-sized Viet Cong force and a heavy weapons sections using mortars, automatic weapons, small arms and B-40 rockets. Richard Bowers was heard on the radio calling for help when the radio went dead. A relief force was sent out to help. When it arrived, all the Vietnamese defenders of Tam Due Operations Base were found dead, along with two Americans. Bowers and Arroyo-Baez, the American advisors, were not to be found. A Vietnamese civilian who had been captured and later escaped stated that Bowers and Arroyo-Baez had been taken prisoner, dressed in black pajamas, and were seen being led off into the jungle. Numerous intelligence reports were received concerning two U.S. POWs fitting the descriptions of Bowers and Arroyo-Baez, that were seen by ARVN and VC personnel at different times and locations after their capture, some conflicting. A Vietnamese who was captured and escaped stated that Arroyo-Baez was alive but that Bowers had been shot the day of capture. The combination of the most credible reports indicate that Bowers and Arroyo-Baez were captured during the battle, but in the confusion were able to escape. They were located by the Viet Cong, however, on the same evening. The next day, a VC guard killed Bowers after he had again attempted to escape. After it was determined that Bowers was dead, the guard and Arroyo-Baez departed with the rest of their group and were forced to travel a number of days by foot and sampan. The files of Bowers and Arroyo-Baez are still classified. SFC Gerasimo Arroyo-Baez's name appeared on the "Died in Captivity" list provided by the Provisional Government of Vietnam in 1973, and it was stated that he died in captivity August 22, 1972. Fourteen years later, in March 1985, the Vietnamese "discovered" the remains of Arroyo-Baez and returned them to the U.S. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 3/25/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear Major Richard Lee Bowers, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
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