Congressman Langevin presents Silver Star to Rhode Island Vietnam Veteran

Congressman Jim Langevin

By News Staff


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WARWICK, R.I (WLNE) – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) delivered a Silver Star and other military decorations to Army Chief Warrant Officer Two James Bowen, for his service during the Vietnam War on Saturday

Bowen, born and raised in Rhode Island, grew up in East Greenwich and currently lives in Narragansett. 

He enlisted in the Army in 1968, and served as a Cobra Gunship Pilot in the Vietnam War. He would average six missions per day from 1970-1971. 

Bowen returned to Rhode Island to earn his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island, following his service. After graduating in 1975, he enjoyed a long career as a veterinarian before retiring in 2015. 

Bowen contacted Congressman Langevin to request assistance in obtaining his military decorations from National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) and Langevin successfully acquired the following on Bowen’s behalf:

Silver Star
Distinguished Flying Cross & oak Leaf Cluster Bronze (Double)
Bronze Star
Air Medal & Oak Leaf Bronze Large
National Defense Service Medal 
Expert Badge & Rifle bar
Army Commendation Medal
Vietnam Service Medal & Bronze Star Attachment (Triple)
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon/Device (1960)
Sharpshooter Badge & Auto Rifle bar & Pistol bar 
Army Aviator basic Badge

The Silver Star is the third-highest military decoration for valor that can be awarded to a member of the United States Armed Forces.

“Chief Warrant Officer Two James Bowen served his country admirably as a Cobra Gunship pilot during the Vietnam War,” said Langevin. “I was proud to help obtain CW2 Bowen’s military decorations from the National Personnel Records Center to properly commemorate his incredible service to our nation”, Langevin said. 

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