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"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

Delta Company
2nd Battalion
35th Infantry Regiment

Vietnam War

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Tommy Ray Bowman, who died in the service of his country on September 27th, 1968 in Quang Duc Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Tommy was 19 years of age. He was from Detroit, Michigan. Tommy is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 42W, Line 26.

The decorations earned by PFC Tommy Ray Bowman include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.

Tommy is buried in Christian Memorial Estates, Rochester, MI

Linda George Barber
2960 Redwood Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262 USA
Dear Tommy.Uncle Eddie Bowman died last week and when I found out he wanted to be buried at the Navy cemetery I started thinking about you and your sacrifice for our country. I want you to know that we all still think about you and appreciate your sacrifice and we miss you so much. I'm glad that my Dad was there to take you home from Viet Nam so that you weren't alone. My last memory is of you in the summer of 1966 smiling and laughing as we were walking down Kerchival in Detroit without a care in the world.that fresh, happy face and that beautiful smile. You will always be remembered Tommy. With Love Forever, Your Cousin, Linda
Sunday, September 12, 2004
(His BSM Citation)

The Bronze Star Medal Is Presented To Private First Class Tommy R Bowman

For distinguishing himself by outstanding meritorious service in connection with ground operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Through his untiring efforts and professional ability, he consistently obtained outstanding results. He was quick to grasp the implications of new problems with which he faced as a result of the ever-changing situations inherent in a counterinsurgency operation and to find ways and means to solve those problems. The energetic application of his extensive knowledge has materially contributed to the efforts of the United States mission to the Republic of Vietnam to assist that country in ridding itself of the communist threat to its freedom. His initiative, zeal, sound judgment, and devotion to duty have been in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Dave Alexander
Friend, Basic Training
16118 W Sherman St
Goodyear, AZ 85338 USA
To My Buddy Tommy.
Tommy, You are in my mind every day. The times we spent in basic & arguing about the war; the things we would do and the places we would go. I just want anyone who reads this to know that Tommy Bowman was my best buddy in Basic and my personal hero. You live in my life every day, my friend. I almost joined you on 8/16/69; now, I have three children and a beautiful grand-daughter and the cancer and the tumors will not stop me. I will try to be as strong as you, my friend. I will never forget you. God bless and keep your memory. Dave (Alex)
Monday, October 13, 2003
You were my Aunt (Mary Dalton Barnes) and Uncle's (Harold Barnes) best friend. I was 5 and you 19 and you were my sweet heart :) You bought me a yellow dress and I wore it for my first school picture. I also wore it at your funeral where I cried my eyes to sleep. You are remembered and loved!
Posted by: Kimberly Girdley Chapman
Email: kimberlyjoy63@hotmail.com