Bowen, Richard

Richard Bowen was drafted into the Army in 1966, and received his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Bowen was originally on orders to go to Vietnam after advanced training, but his orders were changed because of a stint in the hospital. He was sent instead to Kissingen, Germany and assigned to Company E, 10th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division. Bowen was soon assigned as the unit's clerk due to his college experience, and spent his spare time traveling throughout Germany, including East Berlin.