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  • Date of Birth:11/24/1947
  • Date of Casualty:2/8/1968
  • Home of Record:LAWRENCE
  • County of Record:DOUGLAS COUNTY
  • State:KS
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Row:38E, 21
  • Casualty Province:DINH TUONG


  • Date of Birth:7/8/1947
  • Date of Casualty:2/8/1968
  • Home of Record:SANTA BARBARA
  • County of Record:SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
  • State:CA
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:CPL
  • Panel/Row:38E, 21
  • Casualty Province:THUA THIEN


is honored on Panel 38E, Row 21 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Distinguished Service Cross

    Posted on 2/8/17 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    Joseph B. Bowman
    Date of birth: 21-Mar-44
    Date of death: Killed in Action
    Home of record: Roanoke Virginia
    Status: KIA


    Distinguished Service Cross

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant (Infantry) Joseph B. Bowman (ASN: 0-5340137), United States 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 DaNang. 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.

    General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 2342 (May 17, 1968)

    Action Date: 8-Feb-68

    Service: Army

    Rank: Second Lieutenant

    Company: Company A

    Battalion: 1st Battalion

    Regiment: 6th Infantry Regiment, 198th Infantry Brigade (Light)

    Division: Americal Division
  • Thank You

    Posted on 2/8/16 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
    Thank you Lt. Bowman for your leadership and exemplary courage under fire.
  • Thank You, Sir

    Posted on 2/8/15 - by Weather
    Remembering you today on the anniversary of your heroic death. Thank you for serving our country, Sir. God bless you and rest in peace.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 8/11/14 - by Robert Sage
    A update ion the burial site of Joseph. He is buried at McMillian Cemetery, Carroll County, VA.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 8/11/14 - by Robert Sage
    A update ion the burial site of Joseph. He is buried at McMillian Cemetery, Carroll County, VA.
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