Jun 272018
 

Crawling through Viet Cong tunnels during his Vietnam War service was always an exercise in potential danger, according to C.W. Bowman, Capital Rotary guest speaker for June 27 (at left in photo with club member Chris Myers).  Bowman – a draftee shipped overseas in January 1967 – was a point man, demolition-man and tunnel rat who cleared and destroyed underground complexes that could conceal hospitals, training areas, storage facilities, headquarters and barracks.  Bowman said the dirty duty’s hazards included not only booby traps and enemy troops, but also snakes, spiders, scorpions and ants.  Typically, he faced these dangers armed only with a flashlight and a .45 caliber pistol, plus a healthy dose of caution.  Bowman served two tours in Vietnam and earned a Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart and Army Commendation Medal, among other awards.  He later was a drill sergeant at Ft. Jackson.  A native of Bordentown, NJ, Bowman has lived in South Carolina since 1973.

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