The D.M.W.V. has received notice that one of our members, Henry Kenneth Bowers, passed away August 26, 2007. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Kenneth was born March 11, 1922. He joined the D.M.W.V. 18 November 1993. His Mexican War Veteran and ancestor was Henry C. Bowers, a Teamster, Quartermasters Dept., U. S. Army. Later, Kenneth became a Life member on 01 September 1996.
During World War II, Kenneth Bowers served his country as a ship electrician and was assigned to a landing craft designed to carry six tanks and support crew to the beach while under fire. Family members said he landed with the 6th wave at Utah Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. His boat was hit by a shell that day, and he was wounded by shrapnel in his spine. He continued to land tanks and evacuate wounded soldiers until 45 days later when he returned to London hospital, but declined surgery for several months. He was training for the invasion of the main Japanese islands when the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima ended the war. Mr. Bowers continued to serve in the Naval Reserve and was called back to active duty during the Korean War.
Kenneth became a property manager and real estate appraiser. He was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church. He was active in Boy Scouts where his obtained Wood Badge, the highest form of adult leader training; Masonic Lodge; Scottish-Rite and Boumi Temple for 50 years. Other hereditary organizations include his membership in the Society of the War of 1812 in State of Maryland and the Sons of American Revolution.
When he retired, Kenneth combined his life-long interest in American History and family into genealogy. He traveled in a small trailer with Annarose, his wife, around the eastern United States researching their families. They took their grandchildren to many extended family reunions in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Kenneth is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, three sons and three grandchildren.