Westminster soldier killed in gulf honored by scholarship

November 12, 1992|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff Writer

On Veterans Day, Carroll soldiers from World War II, Korea and Vietnam gathered to remember and honor their comrades, and they bestowed a special honor on the county's only fallen son of the Persian Gulf conflict.

Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown, who was host for the program at the Longwell Armory, announced the creation of the Spc. Charles L. Bowman Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Mr. Bowman, a North Carroll High School graduate, was killed in southern Iraq when a bomblet exploded in his hand just weeks after the cease-fire. The Manchester resident was 20.

Mayor Brown said that the scholarships will be awarded each year to deserving students from the Carroll County Career and Technology Center in Westminster.

He said that the vo-tech center was chosen because it receives students from all the county's five high schools and because Mr. Bowman studied auto mechanics there.

Mr. Brown said that there was "no more fitting way" to honor Mr. Bowman, who joined the Army after high school and who had hoped to return to Carroll County to work, get married and raise a family.

"We really appreciate the scholarship," said Mr. Bowman's father, Charles L. Bowman Sr., who along with his wife, Sandra, attended the ceremony.

"We appreciate them using Charles' name in this way."

Helping Mr. Brown in his effort to establish the fund were veterans organizations throughout the county.

Mr. Brown said that the fund's board of directors has not yet determined criteria for scholarship recipients or other issues, such as how many scholarships and how much money will be awarded each year.

The first scholarships are expected to be awarded in the spring.

The mayor said that the group hopes to establish an endowment of $12,000 to $15,000. A major fund-raising campaign is expected to begin in the spring.

Another Carroll soldier -- Army Brig. Gen. Joseph W. Kinzer -- returned to his hometown to give the Veterans Day address.

General Kinzer, 53, who joined the Army in 1959 and served in the Dominican Republic, Vietnam and Panama, is now assigned to the Pentagon.

He called on his comrades and others to show gratitude to all the nation's soldiers, including Vietnam veterans, who were not welcomed home as their predecessors were but whose sacrifices were no less, he said.

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