Capt Calvert Sheriff Bowie

Capt Calvert Sheriff Bowie

Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Death 30 May 1943 (aged 25)
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets of the Missing - USMC
Memorial ID 56774818 · View Source
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There are two memorials for Captain Calvert, the other one is Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C. FindAGrave Memorial #39416985.

Captain, Last Known Status: Missing in Action
Awards: Purple Heart Medal, Air Medal
Captain Calvert Sheriff Bowie
US Marine Corps Reserves, O-010314
Saint Albans Class of 1936
February 13, 1918 - May 30, 1943
Lost at Sea

Cal was never missing. Since he entered St. Albans in Form I in 1930, Calvert Sheriff Bowie held a strong place in the community by making his mark on the athletic fields. A football player and First Team Basketball and Baseball player, Cal’s classmates not only enjoyed watching him from the stands but also being in his company. “Cossy,” as they called him, was “likeable and even-tempered,” social and talkative with “genial nature and ready smile.” More than a St. Albans man, Cal was a St. Albans gentleman, a concept that would never fail him, or, rather, that he would never fail.

After graduating St. Albans in 1936, he joined other gentlemen in the ΣΑΕ fraternity at Dartmouth, from which he graduated, in turn, in 1940. Returning to his hometown of Washington, D.C., Cal enrolled in Georgetown Law School. All that he had learned in the classroom at St. Albans and at Dartmouth had beckoned him to a successful year of law school, but what he had learned, and more importantly practiced outside the classroom, called him to leave his desk in the spring of 1941 to join the United States Marine Corps.

Cal brought everything he had to his service and was personally selected for the Marine Corps’ Naval Aviation Training. But his notion of a gentleman, which he had always lived by, would soon become more than a code that governed free society; it would become the honorable yet costly way he defended free society.

On May 14, 1943, Cal was a member of the Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron over the Solomon Islands where he laid two direct hits on a Japanese cargo ship, despite horrible visibility. The ship became stranded on a nearby beach, all but destroyed. Days later, however, Cal would suffer the ultimate tragedy himself. On May 30, Cal went missing on a reconnaissance mission near Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

No, Cal is still not missing. While his person itself was never found, Cal now holds a place among those who have paid the ultimate price. He has been awarded a Purple Heart and an Air Medal, the latter of which came with citation from Secretary of the Navy, Frank Knox. Perhaps an equally powerful token to Cal’s nobility is the scholarship his father, George Calvert Bowie, established in his honor at St. Albans. As World War II hero, Calvert Bowie will always be a St. Albans gentleman and an example for those to come.

Author: Christian Potter, St. Albans, Class of 2018

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Gravesite Details Entered the service from Washington, D.C.


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  • Maintained by: fossmeg
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56774818
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Calvert Sheriff Bowie (13 Feb 1918–30 May 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56774818, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by fossmeg (contributor 47350816) .