In Memory of
Army Air Corps Sgt.
Lawrence F. Bowar
Faulkton, South Dakota
Faulk County
October 7, 1922 – December 18, 1944
Missing in Action over the South China Sea

Sgt. Bowar is on the right.

Sgt. Bowar is on the right.

Lawrence F. Bowar was born on October 7, 1922, at Faulkton, South Dakota, the son of Mike and Loretta Bowar. During his youth he lived on his family’s farm in the township of Latham and completed his grade and high-school years at Faulkton High School, from where he graduated in 1940. After high school, Lawrence engaged in farming until he joined the service.

 Lawrence enlisted in the Army Air Corps on January 20, 1943. Trained as a radioman and gunner on B-24 bomber, Sgt. Bowar was part of the 14th Air Force’s “Flying Tigers.”  Bowar received a citation for “meritorious achievement” for his part in destroying and sinking a Japanese cruiser.

On December 18, 1944, Sgt. Lawrence F. Bowar was reported missing in action over the South China Sea after his plane went down.  In early 1945 Lawrence’s parents were notified; he was later declared dead by the War Department.

Lawrence F. Bowar, 425th Bomber Squadron, 308th Bomber Group, is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Jason Michael Nies and Michael Kent Knutson, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, December 5, 2000. Information for this entry was provided by Robert Bowar, brother of Sgt. Lawrence F. Bowar.