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Sgt James Richard Bowers, Jr
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Birth: Feb. 5, 1943
Lenoir
Caldwell County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Mar. 7, 1970
Tam Kỳ, Vietnam

US Marine Sgt James Richard Bowers Jr, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Lenoir, NC.

US Marine Sergeant James Richard Bowers Jr was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Marine Corps, SGT Bowers served our country until March 7th, 1970 in Quang Nam, South Vietnam. He was 27 years old and was married. It was reported that James died from an undetermined explosion. His body was recovered. SGT Bowers is on panel 13W, line 091 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 4 years.

Marine Sergeant James Richard Bowers Jr, 27, was killed March 1 in South Vietnam. Bowers was born Feb. 5, 1943, in Caldwell County, the son of Mrs. Grace Tugman Bowers of Lenoir and the late Richard Bowers. Surviving are his mother; his widow, Mrs. Brenda L. Freeman Bowers of Lake Lure; one son, Cearrow Bowers of Lenoir; one daughter, Marcella Bowers of Lake Lure; three brothers, Howard and Donald Bowers of Lake Lure and David Bowers of Lenoir; and two sisters, Mrs. Charlotte Witherspoon and Mrs. Edna Hood, both of Lenoir. Funeral services, with military rites, will be conducted at 2 pm Tuesday at Mount Zion Holiness Church on Wheeler Street by the Rev R.L. Hagler. Burial will be at Lake Lure. The family will receive at Ebony Funeral Home from 7 to 9 o'clock Monday evening.

James R. Bowers Jr., Son of Grace Tugman Bowers and the late James Richard Bowers Sr., loved the Marines. One of his cousins influenced James' decision to enlist in the Marines because he had made the service a career, and loved it. "His hopes and dreams were to become a Marine. He wanted to make a career of it," said his mother. Born February 5, 1943 in Caldwell County, James was a graduate of Freedman High School, and the father of two children, a son and a daughter. "He wanted to be a part of the war to help make the world a better place to live for his children, and his nieces and nephews," Mrs. Bowers said, explaining his two tours of duty in Vietnam. "He said nobody wants to go to war, but he hoped if he was killed he would die for something he believed in." James told his mother there was a difference between soldiers fighting in Vietnam and back home. There was no discrimination in war, James said. If one buddy received a package from home, then all the buddies shared it. "I worried about him but decided that I had to hope and pray to the Lord that He would take care of him," said Mrs. Bowers, adding although she didn't want him to go to war, James felt strongly about fighting for his country and she respected his feelings. On March 7, 1970, James was killed in the Quang Nam Province of the Republic of Vietnam, one month to the day after his 27th birthday. According to the notification letter Mrs. Bowers received, James was leading his unit, Marines of Combined Action Company on patrol when they met enemy forces. A grenade exploded nearby, wounding James in the right hand, and lower left and right legs. He was dead on arrival at an evacuation hospital. His family was extremely upset, but realized he was not the only one to die. "We still think about it, especially when times are bad in our country, and wonder if his death was needless," Mrs. Bowers said. "When someone is killed away from home, you're always looking for him to come home," she said. "It took a long time to get over it."

The last letter Mrs. Bowers received from James was a Valentine card he talked of coming home for good in June. "He was a good, Christian-hearted boy. He was awful good to me. All the boys were special, but him being the first, we were always close," she remembered. On Friday, March 20, 1970, the Bowers family, including two sisters, Mrs. Edna B. Hood, Mrs. Charlotte B. Witherspoon: and three brothers, David, Donald and William Bowers, said goodbye to their oldest son and brother during military rites held in Lake Lure. The James they had known to pitch horseshoes and play ball was dead, another victim of the Vietnam War. Mrs. Bowers said; "looks as if the United States will become involved in war in El Salvador," though she doesn't believe we should. "It will just be another tragedy, more useless killings, more boys and, I to know they might have to go to war is upsetting," she added. "Deep down I think everybody wants peace." The Purple Heart was one of the several medals and citations James earned during his years as an American Serviceman. By SARA MOORE.

He served with Headquarters, 2nd Combined Action Group, 3rd Marine Amphibious Forces.

He was awarded The Combat Action Ribbon(CAR), The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds with One Gold Star, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.
 
 
Burial:
Saint Johns Missionary Baptist Cemetery
Lake Lure
Rutherford County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Tom Reece
Record added: Jan 09, 2007
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- Lance
 Added: Jan. 24, 2015
Thank you for your great sacrifice in preserving our country's freedoms. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace.
- Charles A. Lewis
 Added: Jul. 24, 2012
From a Sister of PFC:William L Young Jr, KIA in Vietnam..Thank You for your Service to Our Country,James!
- Judy Green
 Added: Mar. 3, 2011
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