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Richard Bowen - Cold War Era

Richard Bowen was drafted into the Army in 1966, and received his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Bowen was originally on orders to go to Vietnam after advanced training, but his orders were changed because of a stint in the hospital. He was sent instead to Kissingen, Germany and assigned to Company E, 10th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division. Bowen was soon assigned as the unit's clerk due to his college experience, and spent his spare time traveling throughout Germany, including East Berlin.

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Annie and Walter Cox, great grandparents of Richard Bowen, with children. In front - Annie, Harold Lloyd, Walter, and Will Whiton. In back - Walter and Annie’s daughters, Beatrice Cherry, Bealuh Hopkins, Edna Davis, Valerie Whiton, and Ruth Powers.

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Unknown

When:

Circa 1922

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Rich Bowen’s grandmother Beulah Hopkins.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Rich Bowen’s mother Helen Bowen.

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Unknown

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The 1953 Colp Attucks Grade School basketball team. Top, left to right Richard Bowen, Jr., manager, Willie Williams, Ivan Jefferson, Lary Martin, Sef Vinson and Samuel L. Webb, coach. Front, Oran Dillard, Raymon Kincaid, Sonny Brown, and Ebert Herrison.

Where:

Colp, Illinois

When:

1953

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This photo is considered to be in the public domain.

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Rich Bowen played football for the Herrin High School Tigers, and was selected for the All-State football team. The caption reads “Richard Bowen, Senior, 6’, 165 lbs.”

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Herrin, Illinois

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Unknown

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Bowen in his official military photo during Basic Training.

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Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri

When:

1967

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Bowen as he appeared in Basic Training. “Having a great day at work,” he wrote later.

Where:

Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri

When:

1967

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Unknown

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Specialist Bowen working as the company clerk for Company E, 10th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division.

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Near Kissingen, Germany

When:

1968

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Bowen participates in field maneuvers.

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Army’s main training area in Germany, Grafenwoehr

When:

Circa 1968

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Bowen and buddy Private Morrow of Chicago unwind at the end of the day.

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Unknown

When:

Circa 1968

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Narrator's photo

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Bowen and several barracks mates have some fun. Specialist Baker, from Canada, displays the Canadian flag.

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Unknown

When:

Unknown

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Narrator's photo

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Bowen’s Basic Training Platoon assembles for a group photo. Bowen is in the third row, second from the left.

Where:

Ft. Leonard Wood

When:

1967

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Bowen’s Combat Engineer unit conducting training. The unit’s mission included building roads, bridges, barricades, and demolitions work.

Where:

Grafenwoehr, Germany

When:

1968

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Bowen’s Combat Engineer unit conducting training. The unit’s mission included building roads, bridges, barricades, and demolitions work.

Where:

Grafenwoehr, Germany

When:

1968

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Bowen stands atop an armored personnel carrier during field training.

Where:

Grafenwoehr, Germany

When:

1968

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Rich enjoys some time with children.

Where:

Rural Germany

When:

Circa 1968

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Narrator's photo

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Specialist Bowen is flanked by tents his unit used as temporary shelter when on field maneuvers.

Where:

Germany

When:

1968

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“Night reading,” reads the caption for this photo of a fellow clerk in the commander’s tent one night. Bowen was trying his hand at photography at the time.

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Unknown

When:

1968

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Bowen and a buddy were “just messing around” when this photo was taken. He was wearing the Colonel’s helmet at the time, with the distinctive Colonel’s eagle barely visible.

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Unknown

When:

1968

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Narrator's photo

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Rich Bowen begins his journey into East Berlin during a tour of the divided city he and a buddy made while on leave.

Where:

East Berlin

When:

1968

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Narrator's photo

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Berlin’s famous Brandenburg Gate, which marked the border between East and West Berlin during the years that the Berlin Wall divided the city.

Where:

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo

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Bowen has his photo taken near the Berlin Wall during his visit to the city.

Where:

Berlin, Germany

When:

1968

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Narrator's photo

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Bowen took this photo of some East German guards keeping a vigilant eye on the Berlin Wall, looking east into the Soviet sector.

Where:

Berlin, Germany

When:

Unknown

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Narrator's photo

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The entrance to a Soviet War Memorial and cemetery.

Where:

East Germany

When:

Unknown

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Narrator's photo

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Specialist Rich Bowen stands in front of one of the statues that marked the entrance to the Soviet War Memorial, taken during his visit.

Where:

East Berlin

When:

1968

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Narrator's photo

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Rich Bowen turns the camera west, into West Berlin, during his visit.

Where:

East Berlin

When:

1968

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Narrator's photo

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This grand building, a former library, was destroyed during the Second World War, but was neither demolished nor rebuilt by the Soviets or East Germans.

Where:

East Berlin

When:

Unknown

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Narrator's photo

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Rich Bowen gets his picture taken in front of the Berlin Wall during his visit to the city.

Where:

Berlin Wall

When:

1968

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Narrator's photo

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A view of the dangerous strip of land that separated East from West. The soft sand was meant to slow down anyone trying to scale the wall. Further deterrents were the shards of glass embedded into the top of the wall, and land mines strewn in the sand.

Where:

East Berlin

When:

Unknown

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Narrator's photo

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Rich Bowen stands next to one of the East German ceremonial guards during his visit.

Where:

East Berlin

When:

1968

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Narrator's photo

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Bowen took this shot of one of the more magnificent buildings during his visit to the city.

Where:

Berlin

When:

1968

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Narrator's photo

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Rich Bowen stands before the Brandenburg Gate during his tour of East and West Berlin.

Where:

Berlin

When:

1968

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Narrator's photo

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Rich’s father, Dick Bowen, works the bar at his place of business, “taking care of business”.

Where:

Colp, Illinois

When:

Circa 1966

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Narrator's photo

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Rich Bowen and “the women of my life.” From left to right are Rich, daughter Chantel, wife Cleatia, and mother Helen.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1991

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Narrator's photo



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