George S. Bowman

A native of Hammond, Louisiana, George S. Bowman was a graduate of Louisiana State University (Class of '36). He received a commission in the U.S. Army Reserve through his participation in the university's ROTC program, but resigned this commission to accept an appointment as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He attended flight school at Pensacola Naval Air station and received his wings in December, 1939. He saw several postings throughout World War II, including one on Okinawa administering shore-controlled air-sea rescue facilities for which he was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V. He later saw combat during the Korean War, receiving the Legion of Merit with Combat V for meritorious service and the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism while flying an attack bomber in a massed aerial assault on enemy supply installations in the vicinity of Chinnampo on March 26, 1953. A graduate of the National War College, Major General Bowman was assigned to the Republic of Vietnam where he served as Deputy Commander of the 3rd Marine Amphibious Force and later the 24th Corps. He received the Distinguished Service Medal for his service in Vietnam. He served as Commanding General of the Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton, California, from August, 1970, until his retirement in 1972. Major General Bowman passed away on May 03, 2002, and was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.