Congratulating Clifford Bowenby Representative Steve Stivers
Posted on 2013-02-27
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Mr. STIVERS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Mr. Clifford
Bowen for celebrating his 100th birthday on February 8, 2013. Mr. Bowen
is Madison County's oldest veteran, and his life and service to our
country are nothing short of outstanding.
Born in Bell County, Kentucky, in 1913, Mr. Bowen grew up on a farm as one of six children. When he was 16, he followed in his father's footsteps and began working in a coal mine, where he was assigned to operate the tram motor.
When World War II broke out, Bowen left the coal mine and was assigned to the Army motor pool. The trucks he and his crew kept running supported the ordnance corps in Luzon and New Guinea in the Pacific Theater, and he was promoted to the rank of Technical Sergeant in 1946. After the war, Bowen met his wife Lucille in a dance hall, and the two were married for 27 years until she passed away in 1973. Mr. Bowen moved to Ohio in the 1980s, and he has remained there ever since.
I would again like to wish Clifford Bowen a very happy 100th birthday, and I ask that all Members of Congress stand with me and thank him for serving our country as Madison County's oldest veteran. The people of Ohio's 15th District are remarkable and hardworking, and Mr. Bowen is a perfect example of the sort of accomplished, admirable people who make my district truly exceptional.