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Silver star presented to local Vietnam Veteran

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WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — What began as a request for help obtaining some military decorations from the National Personnel Records Center led to a formal presentation ceremony for a Rhode Island Vietnam Veteran.

Chief Warrant Officer Two James Bowen, United States Army, Retired was presented the Silver Star and other military decorations by Congressman Jim Langevin on Saturday.

“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.

The Narragansett resident honorably served as a Cobra Gunship pilot during the Vietnam War.

Following his service, he attended the University of Rhode Island and went on to become a veterinarian before retiring in 2015.

Bowen also received the following military decorations:

  • Distinguished Flying Cross & Oak Leaf Cluster Bronze (Double)
  • Bronze Star
  • Air Medal & Oak Leaf Cluster Bronze Large
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Vietnam Service Medal & Bronze Star Attachment (Triple)
  • Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon w/ Device (1960)
  • Expert Badge & Rifle Bar
  • 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.

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