Ens Harland Robert Bowdey

Ens Harland Robert Bowdey

Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
Death 13 Oct 1943 (aged 22)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
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Memorial ID 56245762 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until October 14, 1944, 1 year and 1 day after he went missing as was the custom.

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Husband of Norine Alma Bowdey who resided in the District Of Columbia during the war.

Harland served as an Ensign on the destroyer U.S.S. Bristol (DD-453), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided at 791 Atlantic Avenue, Rochester, Monroe County, New York prior to the war. He was a class of 1944 grad of the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1943.

The Bristol, while escorting a convoy to Oran, Algeria, was struck on the port side at the forward engine room by a single torpedo from U-boat U-371 commanded by Waldemar Mehl. The Bristol was broken in half by the single explosion and sank. The Bristol suffered the loss of 52 of her crew.

Harland was declared "Missing In Action" in this attack during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # O-283319

The Bristol received three battle stars for her World War II service.

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett




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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ens Harland Robert Bowdey (16 Apr 1921–13 Oct 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56245762, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .