Remembering An American HeroPosted on 11/16/13 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear 2LT Joseph B Bowman, sirMORE
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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
Salute to a HeroPosted on 3/21/12 - by Ed Cardon firstname.lastname@example.orgNo words of mine can add to what has already been said about your actions for which you were honored. Courage and Honor are never out of season. Your bravery will be told as long as warriors commemorate their heroes. May the Lord grant you and your family, the peace which we all hope to find when we are called to our Maker.MORE
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We RememberPosted on 1/12/11 - by Robert Sage email@example.comJoseph is buried Bowman Family Cemetery, Cana, Carroll County, VA. DSC PH
IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS HEROIC YOUNG POSTHUMOUS RECIPIENT OF THE ARMY DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSSPosted on 4/3/10 - by CLAY MARSTON CMARSTON@INTERLOG.COM
JOSEPH B. BOWMAN
6th INFANTRY REGIMENT
" THE REGULARS "
198th INFANTRY BRIGADE ( LIGHT )
" BRAVE AND BOLD "
and was a posthumous recipient of the
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL
VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL
REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CAMPAIGN SERVICE MEDAL
and additionally was entitled to wear the
COMBAT INFANTRYMAN BADGE
THE PROUD YOUNG VALOR THAT ROSE ABOVE THE MORTAL
AND THEN, AT LAST, WAS MORTAL AFTER ALL
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE
CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF THE
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross ( Posthumously ) to Joseph B. Bowman, Second Lieutenant ( Infantry ), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry, 198th Infantry Brigade ( Light ), Americal Division. Second Lieutenant Bowman distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 8 February 1968 as an infantry platoon leader during a combat mission near Da Nang. A Marine platoon had become engaged by enemy forces operating from a nearby village, and Lieutenant Bowman led his troops to reinforce the beleaguered unit. As his element approached the village across a large open rice paddy, a North Vietnamese Army battalion sprang a savage ambush on it from entrenched and concealed positions in a tree line and, at the same time, pounded it with a withering barrage of mortar, rocket and automatic weapons fire from the village. The devastating fusillade wounded Lieutenant Bowman and many of his men. Disregarding his wounds and safety, he fearlessly moved among his troops and directed them to defensive positions behind a paddy dike. He then began to evacuate the casualties, and the insurgents unleashed a series of fanatic human wave assaults on his perimeter. Bullets struck all around him as he moved from position to position and inspired his men to repel the determined attacks. The enemy finally overran his lines despite the heroic defense, and Lieutenant Bowman led his men in fierce hand-to-hand battle that inflicted heavy casualties on the attackers. He was mortally wounded while gallantly leading his troops in close combat against a numerically superior hostile force. Second Lieutenant Bowman's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
R E M E M B R A N C E
I still rememberPosted on 2/7/07 - by Don Kaiser firstname.lastname@example.orgLT. Bowman, it's hard to believe it's been 39 years since you were lost at Da Nang, that is a day I will never forget even though I try sometimes. Even though you weren't in my platoon, you were a great leader for the whole company. Rest my brother your deeds will not be forgotten.MORE
Your life is not forgottenPosted on 2/8/06 - by Dave Kruger, 196th LIB. 66-67Joseph, Although we never met,MORE
I just want you to know you are
not forgotten. You gave the ultimate
sacrifice, your life for what you believed
in. Sleep well my friend, and thank you
for protecting the freedoms we enjoy
A true American Hero.
Lt Bowman's Last Stand at DanangPosted on 12/11/98 - by Rob KirstenLt Bowman was a hero to his men, in life and death. He was a platoon leader in the 1st of the 6th Infantry. We thought he was lucky, but his luck ran out just South of Danang during TET 68. We had just choppered in to replace a Marine unit, and barely more than a company were on the ground. It was morning, and Alpha company moved off Route 1 to check out the closest village. They were spread out across the paddy, and just 300 yards off the road, in the open, when hell exploded on them. 1500 NVA were dug into that village perimeter against maybe 150 grunts from the 1st of the 6th. They swarmed over our guys like a wave, and it was hand to hand through the afternoon. Tracers lit up the night, and Lt Bowman's whole platoon was cut off from the rest of us. I think only one man survived. When we re-took the area, it was a day or maybe even two days later. Lt Bowman was found with 5 NVA around him, and every evidence of an heroic last stand. Major MacDonald named one of our firebases after him; LZ Bowman. He was a terrific leader, and loved by his men, who mostly joined him in his journey from this world.MORE
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.