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Frank Sayles Bowen
Born (1905-03-04)March 4, 1905
Died September 24, 1976 (1976-09-25) (aged 71)
Place of birth Manila, Philippines
Place of death Moncrief Army Hospital, Columbia, South Carolina
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1926–1964
Rank US Army O8 shoulderboard rotated.svg Major General
Commands held 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Awards Distinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star

Frank Sayles Bowen, Jr. (3 April 1905 – 24 September 1976) was a United States Army Major General who served as commander of the 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment during the Korean War.

Early life and education

Frank Bowen, Jr. was born 3 April 1905 in Manila, the Philippines to Mildred A. Bowen and Frank S. Bowen.[1]

Military service

He attended West Point graduating in 1926.[1]

From mid-1939 to mid-1947 his career tracked that of his mentor Robert L. Eichelberger. He served under Eichelberger in the 30th Infantry Regiment,[2] In 1940, he served as aide-de‐camp to Eichelberger while he was superintendent of West Point.[1]

World War II

With the US entry into World War II, Eichelberger took command of the 77th Infantry Division with Bowen as his Personnel Officer (G-1). Eichelberger soon took command of I Corps with Bowen serving as assistant Operation Officer and then Operations Officer (G-3).[2] Col. Bowen would receive his first Distinguished Service Cross for his actions on 12 December 1942 during the Battle of Buna–Gona.[3]

In August 1944 Eichelberger was given command of the newly formed Eighth United States Army and Bowen joined him as G-3.[4]

Korean War

He served as commander of the 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment and led the unit in the Battle of Yongju, Operation Tomahawk and Operation Courageous.

Post Korea

He served as commander of the 101st Airborne Division.

In August 1955 he became commander of Fort Jackson (South Carolina) and remained in command of the base until August 1956.[1]

In September 1956 he became head of Military Assistance Advisory Group China in Taiwan and remained in that post until July 1958.[5]

He retired from the Army in 1964.[1]

He died at 24 September 1976 Moncrief Army Hospital, Columbia, South Carolina.[1]


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Gen. Frank S. Bowen; Served in the Pacific". The New York Times. 26 September 1976. Retrieved 8 July 2018. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Eichelberger, Robert (2017). Our jungle road to Tokyo. Lulu. p. 43. ISBN 9781387367078. 
  3. "Frank Sayles Bowen". Military Retrieved 8 July 2018. 
  4. Southern Philippines: The U.S. Army Campaigns of World War II. Government Printing Office. p. 34. ISBN 9780160882807. 
  5. Craft, Stephen (2015). American Justice in Taiwan: The 1957 Riots and Cold War Foreign Policy. University Press of Kentucky. p. 64. ISBN 9780813166360. 

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