Bowker, Dexter, CPT

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Cavalry
Last Primary MOS
9301-Tactical Intelligence Staff Officer (G2, S2)
Last MOS Group
Military Intelligence (Officer)
Primary Unit
1947-1954, 9301, 50th Armored Division
Service Years
1942 - 1954
Foreign Language(s)
French

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Captain



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Elizabeth
Last Address
Converse, Texas

Date of Passing
Nov 30, 2011
 
Location of Interment
Fairview Cemetery - Westfield, New Jersey
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(Excerpt from obituary published in Express-News on December 4, 2011)

After the War, the Bowkers settled in Plainfield, New Jersey, where Captain Bowker was appointed station commander of the Plainfield National Guard Armored Unit. An inveterate musician, he played first violin in the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra, while also building his career in corporate finance. Mr. Bowker was, at the time of his retirement in 1977, the world controller for Sylvania International of GTE Corp. in New York, New York. In this position he traveled the world extensively. In 1962 Dexter and Margaret moved to their dream home on the Shrewsbury River in Rumson, New Jersey. After his retirement the couple moved to San Antonio to be closer to their daughter and grandson. At this time, Mr. Bowker resumed his musical activities and played violin with the Trinity Symphony Orchestra and other community string ensembles. He composed numerous arrangements for the 5th Army Stage Band, string quartets and soloists. A number of years ago, Mr. Bowker donated many of his arrangements to the music department of UTSA. Mr. Bowker was an extremely talented writer, composer, musician, and carpenter, crafting fine furniture as a hobby. He will be remembered for his great charm, sharp wit, intellect and devotion to his beloved Margaret, his family and his country.

   
Other Comments:
Captain Dexter Bowker’s Daughter (and my cousin), Margaret Ellen Johnson, has been the primary provider of quality control and the information provided on this tribute page. In her own words: “I am so touched by your diligence in setting this up as a tribute to what I have always known; he was a brave and very special man; however, rereading a lot of these documents I have found out more and more how much danger he put himself in without a thought except it was his duty to his country. He told me he never considered himself a hero. How wrong he was!!! Again, this has just been such a great experience for me and I can't thank you enough. My father would be brought to tears by this tribute. In the end when he tried to talk of the war, and described the landing on D-Day he broke down completely, and even after 67 years he was still affected by the experience. He still felt it as if it had just happened. Well, now, his war is over and he is with his beloved again and they are at peace”.
   
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 Unit Assignments
29th Infantry Division69th Infantry DivisionARNG, New Jersey50th Armored Division
  1943-1945, 9301, 29th Infantry Division
  1943-1945, 9301, 224th Field Artillery Battalion
  1945-1945, 9301, 880th Field Artillery Battalion
  1945-1945, 9301, 69th Infantry Division
  1945-1954, ARNG, New Jersey
  1947-1954, 9301, 50th Armored Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1945-1945 Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Victory in Europe Day (VE Day - 8May45)
 Colleges Attended 
Princeton University
  1936-1940, Princeton University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Eagle Scout
  Aug 31, 1940, Greatest Generation Love Story
  Jul 09, 2012, Tribute Page for Dexter Bowker, CPT, ARNG, Retired2
  Aug 13, 2012, General Photos
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