THOMAS R BOWEN
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HONORED ON PANEL 12W, LINE 65 OF THE WALL

THOMAS RAY BOWEN

WALL NAME

THOMAS R BOWEN

PANEL / LINE

12W/65

DATE OF BIRTH

11/19/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

TAY NINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/01/1970

HOME OF RECORD

FORESTVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Sonoma County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR THOMAS RAY BOWEN
POSTED ON 5.15.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR PFC BOWEN,
THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A FIELD ARTILLERY BASIC WITH THE 1ST CAVALRY. MIKE WAS 1ST CAV, SAY HI TO HIM. ARTILLERYMEN ARE ALSO SPECIAL TO ME. TODAY IS 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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POSTED ON 11.18.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear PFC Thomas Ray Bowen, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 6.27.2009
POSTED BY: J.L.Morrison

Lest We Forget

During the period immediately prior to the Cambodian incursion US and ARVN units conducted extensive operations along the South VietNam and Cambodian border. During March and April of 1970 the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry opened and closed seven fire bases to support these operations. Fire Base Illingworth, located on Route LTL-20 about 35 kilometers northwest of Tay Ninh City, was opened on 17 March, assaulted by a battalion of the 272nd NVA Regiment in the early morning hours of 01 April, and closed on 04 April as the focus of US operations shifted.

While the assault on FSB Illingworth cost the North Vietnamese nearly two hundred dead, the Americans paid a high price too - 25 known dead, 54 wounded. The US dead were

• A Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
  o SGT Kenneth R. Hodge, Johnson City, TN (Initially not Identified on Base)
  o CPL John L. Smith, Mill Brook, AL (Initially Identified as C/2-8)

• A Battery, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Artillery
  o SP4 David H. Lassen, Clarence, NY
  o SP4 Terry L. Schell, Chicago, IL

• Headquarters & Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Artillery
  o SSG Lawrence E. Sutton, Portland, OR (Bronze Star "V")

• B Battery, 1st Battalion, 77th Artillery
  o PFC Thomas R. Bowen, Forestville, CA
  o 1LT Cleaveland F. Bridgman, South Dartmouth, MA (Silver Star)
  o SSG Benjamin V. Childress, Knoxville, TN
  o SGT Syriac Hebert, Pine Bluff, AR
  o SGT Robert H. Lane, Concord, TN

• Headquarters & Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 77th Artillery
  o SP4 Thomas J. Murphy, River Falls, WI
  o SSG Steven J. Williams, Portland, OR

• A Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry
  o CPL Billy P. Carlisle, Pelahatchie, MS (Initially Identified as C/2-8)

• C Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry
  o CPL Leroy J. Fasching, Wibaux, MT
  o SGT Robert A. Hill, Lowell, OH
  o PFC Roger J. McInerny, Richfield, MN
  o CPL Michael R. Patterson, Dearborn, MI
  o SGT Gerald W. Purdon, Cincinnati, OH
  o CPL Klaus D. Schlieben, Richmond, VA

• E Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry
  o CPL Bobby L. Barker, Harvey, IL
  o CPL Nathan J. Mann, Warsaw, MO
  o SGT Brent A. Street, Inglewood, CA (Dist Svc Cross)
  o SGT Casey O. Waller, Cumberland, VA (Dist Svc Cross)

• Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry
  o SGT David G. Dragosavac, Meadville, PA
  o SGT Sidney E. Plattenburger, Charlotte, NC
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POSTED ON 7.25.2004
POSTED BY: Chris Spencer

NATIVE AMERICAN PRAYER

It is said a man hasn't died as long as he is remembered. This prayer is a way for families, friends and fellow veterans to remember our fallen brothers and sisters. Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die
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POSTED ON 10.15.2002
POSTED BY: Robert Greer

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...from The Press Democrat newspaper, Sunday, March 16, 1986
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