Bowser, George Harold, ENS

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Last Rank
Ensign
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 131X, VF-44 Crusaders
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Ensign
Ensign

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Altoona, PA
Last Address
512 26th Ave
Altoona, PA

Casualty Date
Jan 02, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Pacific
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Florida National Cemetery - Bushnell, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
1MW1 A 1 (memorial marker)

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Last Known Activity

ENS Bowser was a pilot in VF-44 attached to USS Langley (CVL-27). He was lost in Indochina. No details are available about his death other than he was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
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Service number: 368925

The information contained within this profile was compiled from various internet sources.
   
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World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
Start Year
1943
End Year
1944

Description
The last obstacle in liberating all of New Guinea island was the Vogelkop Peninsula in Dutch New Guinea. The Japanese resistance on the peninsula gathered at Manokwari, and MacArthur did not wish to contest with this force. Instead, his "hit 'em where they ain't" strategy took the Allied forces to a number of undefended beaches near Cape Opmaria and Sansapor. Like Rabaul, the 25,000 men at Manokwari were now stranded, frustratingly idling uselessly.

In Sep 1944, Allied troops occupied the Halmahera Islands, concluding the New Guinea Campaign. MacArthur was now only several hundred miles from the Philippines. In his memoir, MacArthur attributed to the Allied victory over New Guinea to mobility and the ability to achieve surprise at key confrontations. Additionally, he also insisted that his refusal to deploy military governors over conquered regions helped his command focus on the task at hand. Instead, he brought in Dutch and Australian civil administrators immediately after the area had been deemed secure. "The success of this method was reflected in the complete lack of friction between the various governments concerned", he noted.

Although Allied attention would move toward the Philippine Islands by this time, small pockets of Japanese resistance would continue to fight until late May 1945.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
Dec 1, 2019
   
Personal Memories
   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  224 Also There at This Battle:
  • Alumbaugh, Maurice, PO1, (1942-1953)
  • Ballard, Bland Albert, F1c, (1942-1945)
  • Bibb, James, PO2, (1942-1945)
  • Booth, Robert Douglas, PO2, (1943-1945)
  • Colvin, Victor Morgan, F1c, (1944-1945)
  • Cote, Arthur, S1c, (1943-1946)
  • Crawforth, Evan, PO2, (1942-1945)
  • Dawson, William L., PO2, (1942-1945)
  • Desideri, Gino, PO3, (1943-1946)
  • Donaldson, Lyle, MCPO, (1940-1975)
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