Bowen, Hammett L, Jr., SSG Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
111.6-Infantry Squad Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Last Unit
1969-1969, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
Service Years
1965 - 1969
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Home State
Georgia
Georgia
Year of Birth
1947
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Lagrange

Casualty Date
Jun 27, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Vietnam, South
Conflict
Vietnam War/Unspecified Operation
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Unit Assignments
14th Infantry Division25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
  1969-1969, 14th Infantry Division
  1969-1969, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
 Basic Combat Training
  1965, Fort Campbell KY (Basic Training), 0
 Combat and Operations History
  1945-1975 Vietnam War
  1945-1989 Cold War (1945-1989)
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*BOWEN, HAMMETT L., JR.

Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company C, 2d Battalion, 14th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Binh Duong Province, Republic of Vietnam, 27 June 1969. Entered service at: Jacksonville, Fla. Born: 30 November 1947, Lagrange, Ga.

Citation:

S/Sgt. Bowen distinguished himself while serving as a platoon sergeant during combat operations in Binh Duong Province, Republic of Vietnam. S/Sgt. Bowen's platoon was advancing on a reconnaissance mission into enemy controlled terrain when it came under the withering crossfire of small arms and grenades from an enemy ambush force. S/Sgt. Bowen placed heavy suppressive fire on the enemy positions and ordered his men to fall back. As the platoon was moving back, an enemy grenade was thrown amid S/Sgt. Bowen and 3 of his men. Sensing the danger to his comrades, S/Sgt. Bowen shouted a warning to his men and hurled himself on the grenade, absorbing the explosion with his body while saving the lives of his fellow soldiers. S/Sgt. Bowen's extraordinary courage and concern for his men at the cost of his life served as an inspiration to his comrades and are in the highest traditions of the military service and the U.S. Army.

   
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