PFC Harry Sharp Bowman

PFC Harry Sharp Bowman

Delaware, USA
Death 16 Jun 1944 (aged 22)
Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Burial New Castle, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Plot The Plaza
Memorial ID 50338776 · View Source
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Harry, who resided on Tyrone Avenue, Minquadale, Delaware, served as a Private First Class, Company A, 1st Battalion, 20th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

He was "Killed In Action" during a Japanese counter-attack on Saipan while covering a change of position by soldiers of his company.

He had served with the Marines for two years and four months at the time of his death and was decorated with the Navy Cross.

Service # 369158

Navy Cross Citation:
Submitted by: BarryC:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class Harry S. Bowman (MCSN: 369158), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with the First Battalion, Twenty-Fifth Marines, FOURTH Marine Division, during the occupation of enemy Japanese-held Saipan Island in the Marianas on 16 June 1944.

An indomitable fighter, Private First Class Bowman voluntarily remained in his fox hole when his platoon was ordered to retire from overpowering mortar, machine-gun, rifle and grenade fire during a savage, close-in counterattack launched by the Japanese under cover of the early morning darkness following our assault on this strategic enemy base. Relentlessly maintaining a steady stream of accurate rifle fire against the hostile troops, he effectively covered the withdrawal of his unit until with his ammunition expended, he was killed by the enemy.

By his fearless initiative, resolute fortitude and great personal valor, Private First Class Bowman enabled his platoon to withdraw, reorganize and successfully repulse the enemy's countermeasures during a critical phase in the early stages of hostilities, and his self-sacrificing devotion to duty throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself and upon the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

( Burial Location found by: Anne Cady )

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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 27 Mar 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 50338776
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Harry Sharp Bowman (5 Feb 1922–16 Jun 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 50338776, citing Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, New Castle County, Delaware, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .