ROBERT J BOWLIN
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HONORED ON PANEL 35W, LINE 46 OF THE WALL

ROBERT JOE BOWLIN

WALL NAME

ROBERT J BOWLIN

PANEL / LINE

35W/46

DATE OF BIRTH

07/31/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

TAY NINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/07/1969

HOME OF RECORD

SPARTA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Randolph County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROBERT JOE BOWLIN
POSTED ON 6.27.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us...
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POSTED ON 5.18.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR SERGEANT BOWLIN,
THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN INFANTRYMAN. YOU DIED ON MY DAD'S BIRTHDAY. SAY HI TO HIM, HIS NAME IS SAM. MONDAY WAS THE 42ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE MAYAQUEZ INCIDENT - THE LAST BIG BATTLE OF THE WAR BIG SIGH. MEMORIAL DAY IS APPROACHING, BUT ALL DAYS WE SHOULD HONOR YOU. 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 11.14.2015

Final Mission of SGT Robert J. Bowlin

SP4 Danny R. Scott served with 1st Platoon, C Company, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. On January 7, 1969, his unit was on a mission in the dense jungle northwest of Tay Ninh, about 8 miles from the Cambodian border. As his company were returning to Fire Support Base Washington, they were split in half after the lead element walked past several well concealed NVA bunkers. The NVA waited for several of the soldiers to walk past the bunkers and into the jungle before they opened up with everything they had. SP4 Scott was killed as he fired upon the NVA. Charlie Company had to fire carefully at the NVA as the enemy were between the main element of C Co. and the lead element. Five men died in the firefight and a sixth (SP4 William Francisco Jr.) died three days afterwards from wounds received. The three other lost soldiers included 1LT Leo R. Mullen, SGT Robert J. Bowlin, SP4 James K. Merrell, and SP4 Craig S. Olson. A seventh soldier was missing in action. SGT Larry D. Welsh, who had been lightly wounded during the fight, disappeared while seeking aid for another wounded soldier. Although one wounded soldier and the body of another were recovered when U.S. forces returned to the area the following day, SGT Welsh was not found. He was carried as Missing in Action until February 11, 1974, when the Secretary of the Army approved a Presumptive Finding of Death. (Narrative by David DeMauro) [Taken from c322association.org and virtualwall.org]
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POSTED ON 1.7.2015
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Thank You

Thank you Sgt. Bowlin for your leadership and courage.
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POSTED ON 3.21.2014
POSTED BY: Kenneth E. Bowlin

We Remember

Bob, (witch is the name he was called) was very friendly and a very out going person. I called him my shadow because as a rule if I went someplace he was going to. he always had a pocket full of candy and when he came to my house after I was married he was always starved. He would make himself at home and get what he could find in the fridge or cabinets. no matter what it was Bob always gave his best at it, including the Army. He will always be in our hearts.
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