Name: Frank Bowman
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/E5
Date of Birth: 15 July 1935
Home City of Record: WALTERBORO SC
Date of Loss: 16 June 1968
Country of Loss: North Vietnam Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 165922 North 1070955 East
Status (in 1973): Killed in Action/Body not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: PCF19
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 1210

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File. Updated 2020.



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SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 2006 12:00 AM

Family finally finds closure
Story surfaces of man who died during Vietnam War

The Post and Courier

WALTERBORO - Frank Bowman's family struggled for nearly three decades to
learn more about how the U.S. Navy seaman disappeared after his swift boat
mysteriously exploded off the coast of Vietnam 38 years ago this week.....

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On June 16, 1968, patrol craft fast (PCF) 19, with a crew of seven, was conducting a patrol in the South China Sea near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating North and South Vietnam. Shortly after midnight, the boat was struck by artillery or rocket fire in the vicinity of (GC) 48Q YD 305 795. One crew member was badly injured and another could not be found after the attack. The boat was damaged and eventually sank, and the wounded man was brought to a life raft, but died shortly thereafter and was last seen sinking beneath the water. Subsequent search efforts failed to recover either his remains or the missing crew member.

Quartermaster Second Class Frank Bowman entered the U.S. Navy from South Carolina and was the crew member who went missing after the attack on PCF-19. He was not found after the boat's sinking and remains unaccounted for. Today, Quartermaster Second Class Bowman is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Based on all information available, DPAA assessed the individual's case to be in the analytical category of Non-recoverable.

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