Robert Eugene "Dutch" Bowman

Army Of The United States
26 April 1947 - 02 January 1968
Wadsworth, OH
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Robert Eugene Bowman

Dutch's sister, Diane Mcclure,
would love to hear from guys who knew him

Dutch Bowman

I am doing extensive research on this fine Sergeant Squad Leader of the 25th Infantry Division, 3/22/Company C.

This is the same unit I was in and same company but I came along almost two years later - 12/69 - and I was seriously wounded in Cambodia on 29 May 70. By all medical accounts my name should be on the wall, but someone else decided to spare me for a reason.

I have put in a short message on Robert Eugene Bowman and I will put in the complete story on this Ohio farm boy who fought gallantly against a VC and NVA human wave attack at Fire Support Base Burt on 2 Jan 68. He was buried in Ohio on 12 January 68 the same day he was supposed to be in Australia on Rest & Recuperation.

He got into hand-to-hand combat as the enemy thrust was right at company C which was set up southeast of the base. A few US bunker positions were overrun at one point but later on were retaken by US soldiers. It was the dropping of napalm right at the front of the perimeter that broke off the attack finally. I have the officer duty logs and combat after-action report on this battle. Additionally this is the battle depicted in the movie Platoon by Oliver Stone who also was a grunt at that base but was assigned to company B.

Gary A. Harding
C/3/22 Inf, 25th Infantry Division
11B Infantryman
12/69 to 29May 70

A memorial from his sister,
Diane McClure 
15 Sep 1999

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)