Thomas R. Bowerman

Tom Bowerman

6 April 1922 - 16 December 2007

Tom Bowerman served in the World War II Navy Armed Guard. He sailed as apprentice seaman, seaman first class, gunner's mate third class and gunner's mate second class on the following ships:

Tom later served in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force.

After his miltary service, Tom graduated from the University of Alabama in 1955 with a degree in accounting. He worked for the U.S. General Accounting Office, the U.S. Army Audit Agency, and then at the Anniston Army Depot, first as an auditor, later as Chief of Internal Review, and finally for 25 years as Director of Management Information Systems. He retired in 1984.

Tom has four sons: Charles, from his first marriage to Mae Brucke, and Thomas, Jr., Terry, and Barry from his marriage with Frances Erline Johnson. Frances died in 1995. Tom has eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In 1992 Tom began, as a personal project and a personal dream, the creation of a website to recognize the wartime service and sacrifice of the U.S. Navy Armed Guard. In developing, maintaining and expanding that website, Tom has helped to compensate for the inexcusable lack of public knowledge about the Armed Guard. For fifteen years Tom labored in creating the Armed Guard website, through great effort, time and personal expense. From a modest beginning it is now a website of thousands of pages and, more importantly, of thousands of stories.

This Hero Page appears on the website that Tom created, though he was much too modest to have created this page himself. In 2007, getting on in years and facing problems with his health, Tom had a decision to make. As he himself put it, he realized he had two options: to "die and let the site die with me or make an orderly transition to a new owner and a new webmaster." He chose the latter and now his site lives on, under that new owner and new webmaster. But this is and will always remain Tom's website, honoring not only the Armed Guard but Tom himself.

After Tom stepped down as webmaster, his youngest son, Barry, suggested to the current webmaster that a Hero Page be created for his father. This page appeared, appropriately enough, on Father's Day, June 17, 2007.

Tom is an Armed Guard hero twice over: once for his service during World War II and again for creating this web site. Surely no Armed Guard is any more deserving of his own Hero Page than Tom Bowerman.

Tom died in Anniston, Alabama, on December 16, 2007, after a long illness. He was 85 years old.

Thomas R. Bowerman

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