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army officer , retired

Frank Otto Bowman, American army officer, retired. Decorated Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Purple Heart (United States), Commander British Empire, Croix de Guerre (French), Commander Crown of Italy, Silver Star of Valor (Italy), Military Medal (Brazil), Ulchi Distinguished Military Service Medal with Gold Star (Korea).


Bowman, Frank Otto was born on July 27, 1896 in Mesilla Park, New Mexico, United States. Son of Henry D. and Carrie (Otto) Bowman.


Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1918. Graduate Engineers School, basic course and civil engineer course, 1921.


Second lieutenant, Corps of Engineers, United States of America, 1918, and advanced through grades to major general, 1954. Chief engineer, II Corps, Jacksonville, Florida, and England, 1942. Later became engineer European Theater of Operations.

Engineer Allied Force Headquarters, England and North African Theater of Operations. Engineer, 5th Army, 1943, Headquarters Service of Supply, North Africa, April-July, 1943. Engineer 5th Army, August 1943-1945.

Engineer Yokohma Base, Japan, October 1945. Commanding Ground Forces, Okinawa, May, 1946. Assistant chief of staff, G-4, Army Ground Forces, August 1946.

Commander Columbus General, Depot, Columbus, Ohio, 1947-1949. Chief of staff, deputy commander Engineer Center, Fort Beivoir, Virginia, 1940-1953. Chief engineer United States Army Forces Far East.

1953-1955; commanding general Fort Leonard Wood. Missouri, and 6th Armored Division, 1955-1956, retired June 30, 1956.


Married Lucy Reed Curtis, June 17, 1920. Children: Frank Otto, Henry D. World War II Commissioned.

Henry D. Bowman

Carrie (Otto) Bowman

Lucy Reed Curtis

Frank Otto Bowman

Henry D. World War II Commd Bowman