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Dwight Pollard Bowles

Major, Air Force

Born: February 4, 1932
Hometown: Staunton
Served In: Vietnam
Casualty Date: November 3, 1965
Died In: near Ban Heo, North Vietnam
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, National Defense Service Medal, Purple Heart, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal

Maj Bowles enlisted in the Air Force in 1951; received radio communications training at Presque Island, Maine; and attended Officer Candidate School in Texas. He served 4 years in Japan and was stationed at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas before starting his fourth tour of duty in Vietnam on August 6, 1965. On November 3, 1965, the F-105D Thundercat (a supersonic fighter-bomber) that he was piloting was lost near Ban Luu, 52 kilometers from Thais Nguyen, Vietnam. Before his military career, he attended Beverly Manor High School in Staunton and Staunton Military Academy before graduating from Wilson Memorial High School in Fishersville in 1949 where he was active in football, baseball, and basketball.

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