Bowman, Paul Barkley, CPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Chemical Corps
Last Primary MOS
7315-Chemical Combat Service Support Officer
Last MOS Group
Chemical (Officer)
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 7315, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1966 - 1970

Chemical Corps

Captain


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Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1943
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Newaygo
Last Address
Newaygo

Casualty Date
Jan 31, 1970
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Newaygo Cemetery - Newaygo, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Unit Assignments
Technical Escort Unit, US Army Materiel Command (AMC)US Army Ordnance Center & School (Staff Faculty) APG, MDU.S. Army25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1966-1969, 7315, Technical Escort Unit, US Army Materiel Command (AMC)
  1968-1968, 7315, US Army Ordnance Center & School (Staff Faculty) APG, MD
  1968-1968, 7315, Phase One Explosive Ordnance Disposal Course (EOD)
  1969-1970, 7315, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
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  Jun 24, 2010, U.S. Army Chemical Corps 2010 Hall of Fame Inductee.2
  Dec 13, 2014, General Photos1
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Last Known Activity
On 31 January 1970, Captain Paul Barkley Bowman was aboard a helicopter that was shot down north of Tay Ninh in an area called “Mo Con Woods.”  The area was called Mo Con Woods because it was heavily forested with sparse civilian population and the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) used this area for infiltration across the Cambodia border, which was close by. 


The day before a helicopter was on a recon mission in that same area when it took ground fire from a 12.7mm antiaircraft gun. The helicopter was able to get away without taking any hit. It was believed an estimated battalion sized force was in the area getting ready for a broader dry season offensive in the Tay Ninh area. 


On 31 January 1970, A, B, and C Company, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry from the 25th Infantry Division were airlifted by Hueys into the area. The force expected heavy casualties with B Company having one killed-in-action (KIA) the day before and C Company had eight to ten wounded-in actions (WIAs).


Many of the NVA soldiers melted back across the border, but those fighting a rear guard action were emplaced in heavily fortified bunkers.  With U.S. forces on the ground taking heavy fire Huey helicopter UH-1H (tail number 68-15462) carrying Captain Bowman made a heroic approach at treetop level to drop CS gas and to put down suppressive machinegun fire on the enemy to root them out of the bunkers. The helicopter was shot down with a total lost of lives onboard. The efforts of all onboard the helicopter saved the lives of many soldiers on the ground that day. 


Seven soldiers died in that crash, four aircrew members and three passengers. Those that were killed were from B Company, 25th Aviation Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, CW2 Ronald Joe Fulton, pilot; 2LT Michael Lorrell Arrants, copilot; SGT John Thomas Rodgers, gunner; SGT Jerald Dale West, crew chief; and passenger from Headquarter Headquarters Company, 25th Infantry Division CPT John Lawrence Beek; CPT Paul Barkley Bowman, and CPT Jerry David Denny.


 


   
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