In Memory of
Army Private First Class
Benjamin O. Bowser
Webster, South Dakota
Day County
Born 1905-October 9, 1944
Killed in Action in Ubach, Germany

Benjamin O. Bowser

Benjamin O. Bowser was born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania in 1905.  He worked in the steel mill in Pennsylvania and later came to Day County where he became a farmer.  He moved in with Adolph and Charlotte Anderson and adopted them as his foster family in 1932. He also worked as a hired farm hand for Francis and Dora Knapp on a farm located 6 miles west and 4 miles north of Waubay, SD.

He trained in Camp Croft in Spartenburg, South Carolina, and also trained at camp Dix in New Jersey, and Fort Bragg in North Carolina.  Benjamin was sent overseas on Dec. 23, 1942, to North Africa.  He fought in the 2nd Armored Division in the 41st Armored Infantry.  He fought in the Invasion of Sicily on July 10, 1943.  He fought battles in other places such as England, Belgium, Holland, and Normandy.  He was wounded in battle and received the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.

On October 9, 1944 Pfc. Benjamin O. Bowser was killed in action in Ubach, Germany at the age of 39.  His foster brother Alvin Anderson says, “He was a hard worker and loved to work on the farm.”   Dwight Knapp says, “He must have been a very nice man. My parents always talked very well of him.”  He is buried at Plot F, Row 11, Grave 55, in the American Cemetery in Henri-Chapelle, Belgium.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Haley Town and Ellen Danley , 11th grade, Waubay High School, Waubay, South Dakota, February 22, 2002.  Information for this entry was provided by Mr. Alvin Anderson, Aberdeen, South Dakota, foster brother of Benjamin O. Bowser. Other information was provided by Mr. Dwight Knapp, Canby, Oregon, friend of Benjamin O. Bowser.