George H. Bowen

Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Near Colleville-sur-Mer, France, 6 June 1944
  • G.O. No.: HQ, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 45 (1944)

Citation: Private First Class George H. Bowen, 35643671, Medical Detachment, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. As the men in the initial assault on the coast of France waded through the waist-deep water, a number were wounded and were in grave danger of drowning. Private First Class Bowen, disregarding his own safety, stopped in his efforts to reach to shore, waded through the mined and fire-swept water to go to a wounded man who was drowning and dragged the man to shore. He then proceeded to the fire-swept areas to administer first aid to the numerous casualties. During the attack men were wounded in an assault on an enemy machine gun nest high on the slopes of a cliff. Private First Class Bowen, to reach these men, crossed an uncharted minefield and moved through vicious enemy fire to within fifteen yards of the enemy’s machine gun nest to render first aid to the stricken men. The courage and fortitude displayed by Private First Class Bowen reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from Kentucky.

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