CW2 Thomas "Tom" E. Bowen was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 03/04/2014 at the age of 73.9 from Heart attack
Fallbrook, CA
Flight Class 64-7W
Date of Birth 03/29/1940
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 121 AHC in 65-66
Call sign in Vietnam VIKING 22
This information was provided by Sammie Williams

More detail on this person: Thomas Edward Bowen, born March 29, 1940 to Edward D. and Betty Basford Bowen in Marion, Ohio, passed away March 4, 2014 of a heart attack in his sleep due to complications from COPD.

After graduatIng from Harding High school, Marion Ohio he enlisted in the Navy for four years, performing aircraft maintenance aboard the USS Ranger. When his enlistment was served he moved to Columbus, Ohio where he attended Ohio State Univ. while also learning to fly. It was there that he met and married Sue Cole of Columbus in 1963. They had two children, David Andrew and Diane Elaine.

In 1964 Tom enlisted in the U.S. Army to become a helicopter pilot. Following his completion of training he was sent to Vietnam and was a pilot in a "HUEY" helicopter, stationed in Soc Trang province. Returning from Vietnam he spent many years in the Army reserve.

He and the family relocated to San Diego, CA in 1975 where he entered Western State School of Law, receiving a Juris Doctorate.

In 1977 he moved to Fallbrook, CA. He started working for General Dynamics and retired from General Dynamics as a areospace engineer.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Sue, his sister, Judy Velandra and nephew John Velandra.

He is survived by his second wife, Ardis, since 1977; his two children, Diane Hicks (David) of TN, and son, David Bowen; as well as grandchildren, Brittany and Zachary Hicks and Christine and Michael Bowen; and great grandchildren, Nicholas, Noah and Benjamin Dotson.

He will be interred at Fort Rosecrans cemetery and will join Sue overlooking the ocean. There will be no service. He is missed very much by all who knew and loved him.

Published in the The Marion Star on Mar. 30, 2014

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