Jesse Carl Bowman

Technical Sergeant
United States Air Force
17 July 1938 - 26 March 1969
Lexington, Kentucky
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USAF Aircrew

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Jesse Carl Bowman

21 Apr 2002


Remembered by his squadronmates in the
20th Special Operations Squadron
the Green Hornets.

From a fellow Green Hornet,
Robert Hall
5 May 2004

Jesse Carl Bowman was my brother. As there was less than 2 years diffence in our ages, we were very close. He was not only my brother but my best friend. He chaperoned my first date so Mother would allow me to go, he always included me in his activities and he will always be in my heart.

From his sister,
Nancy Bowman Adams
Lexington, Ky

31 May 2004

Jesse was my husband, companion, best friend and mentor. He was a wonderful father for the short time he was here with his two children. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved and lived life to the fullest. The Air Force was his life and he was proud to be a part of it. I will always be sad that he did not get to see his children grow up into fine adults but I also know that he probably knows and has been watching over them.

From his wife,
Nancy Kay Cartwright Bowman
Cottonwood, AZ 86326

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 26 March 1969 a UH-1 (tail number 63-13158) of the 20th SOS went down. While hostile fire was the suspected cause, the only certainties are that the aircraft was flying at about 4,000 feet when a severe vibration began. The pilot began an auto-rotation to earth, but control was lost during the descent. The main rotor came apart, severing the tail boom. The aircraft crashed and burned near Duc My, SVN, 12 minutes north of Nha Trang, SVN. Eight men died in the crash:
  • Aircrew, 20th SOS, 14th SOW
  • Passengers
    • Col Donald G. Lepard, 14th SOW staff, Flint, MI
    • Col J B L. Levesque, 14th SOW staff, Van Buren, ME
    • Capt Walter C. Booth, 20TH SOS Maintenance Officer, Waukesha, WI
    • Capt Robert W. Fields, Flight Surgeon, 14th USAF Hospital, De Land, FL
    • Mr. Green, US civilian, assignment unknown
According to Jim Henthorn, who has compiled a history of USAF helicopter losses, there was one survivor - a Sergeant Joslyn.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his wife,
Nancy Kay Cartwright Bowman
Cottonwood, Az 86326 
21 Apr 2002

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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