Lieut Paul R Gowen

Lieut Paul R Gowen

Caldwell, Canyon County, Idaho, USA
Death 11 Jul 1938 (aged 29)
Burial Caldwell, Canyon County, Idaho, USA
Plot Block 55; Lot 31; Space 5
Memorial ID 64096160 · View Source
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Paul {Age 1} is recorded on the
1910 census at Caldwell, Canyon, Idaho
dwelling in the household of his parents.

Paul and Elizabeth married on 27 June 1934
at San Antonio, Bexar, Texas
They were the parents of one daughter.

Paul graduated from Caldwell High School
on May 21, 1926. He then attended the university of Idaho for two years before being accepted to the Military Academy at West Point as a Cadet on July 1, 1929.
He did well at West Point and was in the upper academic section of his class.
He graduated West Point on June 13, 1933 and was detailed in the Air Corp on September 13, 1933.
On 20 April 1935 he was promoted to First Lieutenant.
He was tidy, sharp looking, and immaculate in appearance.

Lieutenant Paul R. Gowen was killed on July 11, 1938, when the twin-motored Army bomber he was piloting crashed into flames on the Paililla Point military reservation near Panama. Shortly after the take-off from Albrook Field, clouds of smoke began bellowing from the right motor which had gone dead. Lt. Gowen tried desperately to keep the plane aloft, but with only the single motor operating, was unable to gain altitude. He headed the plane into a glide toward the water of Paitilla Point, less than two miles away. He was only a few hundred yards from the water's edge when the flaming plane plunged into the heavy jungle. He was hurled from the plane and crushed by one of the motors.
The War Department renamed Boise Air Base at Boise, Ada, Idaho to "Gowen Field" in honor of First Lieutenant Paul R. Gowen.

Caldwell, Idaho
A Westerner without a drawl, but true to the tradition of not meddling where he has no business - willingly and capably (stars prove it) answering questions directed to him, but retaining silence and unconcern in matters which do not affect him.
"Spoony" has never been known to become flustered - crosses his bridges when he comes to them and swims when there are no bridges - but worry? Never. He fails the preverbial engineer traditions in that he is not "wooden." His ability as an academic coach accounts for quite a few who otherwise would have been "missing in action."
Paul's father wants him to take the Engineers, but "Spoony" remarked that he wanted his father to be a millionaire and he did nothing about that - He is taking The Air - See you at Randolph, Divorcee.

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February 1, 1907 - July 11, 1938
"Victory by Valor"

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  • Maintained by: Ralph Gowen
  • Originally Created by: Yvonne Gowen
  • Added: 11 Jan 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 64096160
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Paul R Gowen (1 Feb 1909–11 Jul 1938), Find a Grave Memorial no. 64096160, citing Canyon Hill Cemetery, Caldwell, Canyon County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by Ralph Gowen (contributor 47690237) .