Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Army Staff Sgt. Clayton P. Bowen

Remember Our Heroes

Army Staff Sgt. Clayton P. Bowen, 29, of San Antonio

SSgt Bowen was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska; died Aug. 18, 2009 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Also killed was Pfc. Morris L. Walker.

San Antonio Express -- Two U.S. soldiers, one of them from San Antonio, were killed Tuesday in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle, the U.S. military said Thursday night.

Staff Sgt. Clayton P. Bowen of San Antonio died from wounds suffered in the explosion in Paktika province, Afghanistan, according to a statement from the Defense Department. The 29-year-old was attached to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division out of Fort Richardson, Alaska, the release states.

Bowen made the decision to join the military after he graduated from Churchill High School in 1998, said his stepfather, Howard Doebbler.

“He was a great soldier and he took his job very seriously,” Doebbler said. “His mother and I were very, very proud of him.”

The other soldier killed with Bowen was Pfc. Morris L. Walker, 23, of Chapel Hill, N.C., according to the Defense Department.

Army Staff Sgt. Clayton P. Bowen was killed in action on 8/18/09.

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