A Warrior Comes Home

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PFC John Bowers was buried with full military honors March 21,2015 after being listed as Missing  for 64 years.
He was not alone.
The Greenville, SC chapter of

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Freedom Riders provided honors and escort while veterans near and far arrived to pay their respects.
Ft Jackson, SC provided Honor Guard  and Chaplain.  Local high school ROTC cadets helped with

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It was a sad occasion to say good-bye to a brave soldier taken from us so young.

 

Bower’s youngest sister was born a few years after he was listed as missing.  She never knew him yet she mentioned to a few of us she had always wanted to know more about what he may have gone through. She was given a Manchu belt buckle and unit crest (Bower was assigned to LIMA Co, 3/9th Infantry) and also had the opportunity to speak with a veteran who was at the same POW camp at the same time as Bowers although they didn’t know each other.
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PFC John Bowers comes home to Pelzer, SC 64 years after being captured by the Chinese.  He was killed by friendly fire a few months later while still a POW.

 

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