Clayton P Bowen

Clayton P Bowen

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U.S. Army

Army Staff Sergeant Clayton Patrick Bowen was from San Antonio, Texas. He was a graduate of Churchill High School in San Antonio.

He joined the Army when he was 17 and served as a drill sergeant and a shooting instructor before he was deployed to Afghanistan.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

About one month before an improvised explosive device ended his life, Clayton offered his fellow soldiers at a remote Afghanistan outpost a parcel that made their jaws drop. Addressed to him, the package contained a collection of heavy-duty construction tools the soldiers later would use to improve living conditions at the crude desert outpost, where plywood huts serve as sleeping quarters. “I’ve got connections,” Bowen, 29, explained.

Earlier, the 12-year Army veteran had asked his stepfather and mother, who publish a construction industry newspaper, to print an ad asking for donations. The tools had poured in, according to Buddy and Reesa Doebbler.

“He wanted to see if there was anything he could bring into the outpost to make their lives a little more normal,” said his mother.

This act of generosity was one of the last in a history of such displays, relatives said.

Clayton was killed in action on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

He was providing security for Afghanistan’s presidential election. “They were trying to keep the peace,” said his mother.

Clayton received 10 medals and a Purple Heart during his time in service.

Clayton’s portrait is also located on Poster 7


6 Responses to “Clayton P Bowen”
  1. Meloie Mayo says:

    Clay, we miss you so very much. We had thanksgiving dinner today, and we wish you could have been here with us. The time you were at Fort Lewis, I was your mom away from Mom. and I was honored to do so. I am so very proud of you. Proud of what you decided to do for a career. Like we talked about, the military is a good career. We all still talk about our memories, and laugh about you and the kids going to dv8 dancing, your favorite songs back then, and teaching my granddaughter to sing I got 5 on it with Simone. I wish I could turn time back, hug you a few extra times, let you know how much we love you. I’ve sat here in tears for 2 days, since sissy found the photos of you coming off the plane, and your mom being there when they brought you off of the plane. That tore my heart out. Even though, we knew of your going home to God, it hurt all over again, seeing the reality of it all. We love you my other son, and we will never forget you hunny. Your mama away from mama, Melonie

  2. Clayton R Ferguson says:

    DSL Bowen,

    You have taught me to be a better person and a better leader. You showed us what true values in wearing “The Hat & Badge” represent. You showed us that it’s not all yelling and screaming, but that great leaders listen and learn from their troops too. You are forever I our hearts and now on my wrist. Rest easy brother. Its our turn for watch.

  3. High Plains says:

    To Those Who Loved Staff Sargeant Clayton Bowen: Your son, loved one is not forgotten.
    There are others who think of that day. His life and actions reflected the best Army ideals
    of taking care of others. May you be blessed each day, and have comfort knowing that
    Clayton was honourable.

  4. Joyce Elaine Cogan says:

    I will be thinking of you and your family during this holiday season.I hope your wonderful and happy memories of the times you had with your son will give you joy and peace. Do know that he will not be forgotten for he is a hero and heroes are not forgotten.

  5. Bob & Leslie Sherry says:

    Hi Clay,

    So YOU GREW UP quite a bit since your days when you and your gang ran between Fort Lewis, WA and our house in Bend, Oregon! We still laugh about the night (around Christmas) when you guys disappeared for the night and showed up the next morning with a NEW TATTOO. A HAPPY FACE on your ass! Good play!!! Still laughing about it!

    YOU, SIR, have earned the right to rest! Never forget you!!!

  6. Cameron says:

    Think of you so much lately, it’s been so long without you and we miss you so much. It’s been 10 years since you have last been here and we haven’t stopped thinking about you since.

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