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This is a 1902 Army officer's sword. I would guess that it is pre-WWII. There are a ton of John Bowens that served in WWII. I could only find one officer, a John W. Bowen Jr. who was a 2nd LT and had a "Finding of Death" which means he was probably an aviator whose plane disappeared, or was on a military transport that was torpedoed and was thus carried as MIA for a year until his status changed to FOD.

 

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I found info on another John William Bowen

 

Acting Commanding General
Third Army
July 16, 1963 to July 31, 1964

John William Bowen was born on 3 July 1910 in the Philippine Islands. He attended the United States Military Academy and upon graduation was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Infantry. His career highlights include:
Commanding Officer, 26th Infantry Division, NATO and Sicily, 1943-44
War Department General Staff, 1944
Secretary, War Department General Staff, 1945-48
National War College, 1949
Headquarters, Caribbean Command, 1949
Student & Faculty, National War College, 1951-53
Deputy Chief of Staff, Eighth Army, Korea, 1953-54
Deputy Chief of Staff, Eighth Army, Korea, and J3, Far Eastern Command, Japan, 1954-56
Commanding General, 82nd Airborne Division, 1956-58
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Headquarters, European Command, 1961-64
Commanding General, XVIIIth Airborne Corps, 1964-65
Chief of Staff, European Command, 1965-68
His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (3rd Oak Leaf Cluster), Silver Star (Oak Leaf Cluster), Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Europe/Africa/Middle East Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korea Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge, and Master Parachutist Badge.

General Bowen retired in 1968 and died on 18 August 1977 at Presidio of San Francisco, California.

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