In Memory of
Russell Earl Bowen
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Minnehaha County
December 27, 1918- October 26, 1944
Killed in Action in the Philippines

Russell Earl Bowen

Russell Earl Bowen was born on December 27, 1918 in Decorah, Iowa.  His father and mother were Earl Thomas and Cora Olive Bowen.  Russell attended Washington High School and participated in football and was a member of the Monogram Club.  He graduated from Washington High School in 1936 and then  attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, from 1936 to 1940.

Bowen enlisted in the Navy on January 10, 1941.  From that time until April 6, 1944, he served his country within the continental United States.  From April 7, 1944 through October 26, 1944, Bowen served outside the continental United States.

Lieutenant Russell E. Bowen was killed October 26, 1944 while on a mission as a navy pilot flying into enemy territory in the Philippines.  Lt. Bowen was praised by his commanding officer as “a valuable member of his squadron” and a good personal friend.

Lieutenant Russell E. Bowen sacrificed his life for the United States of America, and he will be remembered for his courageous service to his country.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Paige L. Kuiper, Senior, Sioux Falls Christian High School, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, April 1, 2002.  Information from this entry was provided by the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and South Dakota Veterans Bonus Records.