Growing up in New York City, James Bartholo
mew Gowen knew as a child he wanted to attend West Point. He entered the class of 1898 at the age of 21 and, being older than most of his classmates, was allowed to attend Catholic mass without parental permission.
“Jimmy” participated in the war with Spain, serving in both Cuba and the Philippine Insurrection.
During World War I he fought on both French and British fronts and received the Purple Heart.
Gowen taught at and attended the Army War College and commanded the 29th Infantry from 1925 to 1927. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1929 and was the Commanding General of the 1st and 11th Field Artillery Brigades as well as the 21st Infantry Brigade.
General Gowen retired in 1936. He died on 9 August 1958 at Walter Reed Army Hospital at age 85.
GOWEN, JAMES B
- BG US ARMY
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 01/01/1898 – 09/30/1936
- DATE OF BIRTH: 09/25/1872
- DATE OF DEATH: 08/09/1958
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 08/12/1958
- BURIED AT: SECTION 30 SITE 1095 RH
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
GOWEN, HELENE B WIDOW OF JAMES BARTHOLOW
- DATE OF BIRTH: 03/21/1878
- DATE OF DEATH: 08/09/1970
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 08/12/1970
- BURIED AT: SECTION 30 SITE 1095 LH
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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