GARY D BOWLING
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HONORED ON PANEL 48W, LINE 23 OF THE WALL

GARY DEAN BOWLING

WALL NAME

GARY D BOWLING

PANEL / LINE

48W/23

DATE OF BIRTH

09/29/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/16/1968

HOME OF RECORD

SEVEN MILE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Butler County

STATE

OH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR GARY DEAN BOWLING
POSTED ON 7.24.2017
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of SP4 Gary D. Bowling

Landing Zone Nancy, located a few kilometers from Quang Tri City, was built by the 1st Cavalry Division around the beginning of 1968 as part of the U.S. build-up of forces in Quang Tri Province, RVN. By mid-August 1968, LZ Nancy was home to artillery and engineer units as well as infantrymen. On the night of August 16th, LZ Nancy was attacked by NVA forces which were able to penetrate the perimeter defenses. Dense jungle and foliage had not been cleared around the edges of LZ Nancy, and the brush-end bamboo and timber thickets that grew right up to the perimeter gave the enemy a covered route of movement and provided a concealed place for observing Nancy’s fortifications. When the attack began, enemy sappers were already within the defensive positions of Nancy. When their mortars began falling, the enemy was able to destroy bunkers and tents before U.S. forces were even alerted. By the time the NVA withdrew at dawn, the bloody fighting had resulted in 20 U.S. killed in action. They included SP4 John D. Strate, CPL George R. Anderson, SGT Darrel E. Barnhouse, PFC David R. Boever, PFC John E. Cumbry, PFC Charles M. Hardy, PFC Otis L. Hartry, SP4 Gary D. Bowling, SP4 Jerry L. Wilson, PFC Elliott L. De Cora, SSGT Jeppie J. Payne, PFC Joseph F. Ribeiro, PFC John L. Began, SP4 Robert M. Cravens Jr., PFC John P. Cook, SP4 Paul L. Huff, SGT Patrick L. Kortesmaki, PFC Thomas L. Mericantante, SP4 Robert M. Reynolds, and SP4 Terry R. Zimmerman. Following the disastrous attack, a swath ranging in depth from 500 to 1000 meters (including 200 to 500 meters on the opposite side of the river bordering LZ Nancy on the south) was cleared in the dense foliage that had previously concealed the approach and departure of the attacking force. [Taken from virtualwall.org and “Lessons Learned, Headquarters, 14th Engineer Battalion (Combat), Period Ending 31 October 1968” at dtic.mil]
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POSTED ON 5.18.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR SPEC 4 BOWLING,
THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN INDIRECT FIRE INFANTRYMAN WITH THE 2ND BATTALION, 12TH CAVALRY, 1ST CAVALRY. THIS WAS MIKE'S UNIT, SAY HI TO HIM. FRANKIE WAS KILLED IN QUANG TRI ALSO, SAY HI TO HIM. 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 8.16.2016
POSTED BY: jerry sandwisch wood cty.ohio nam vet 1969-70 army 173rd abn bde

You are not forgotten

The war may be forgotten but the warrior will always be remembered !!!! All gave Some-Some gave All. Rest in peace Gary. :-(
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POSTED ON 8.16.2015
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Thank You

Thank you Spec 4 Bowling for your leadership and courage under fire.
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POSTED ON 10.27.2014
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We remember

Gary is buried at Somerville Cemetery, Somerville,OH. SS-OLC BSM-OLC AM PH
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