Jack
B.
Bowell



JACK BRITTON BOWELL was born in Amherst, Ohio on July 17, 1921 to Lloyd F. Bowell and his wife, the former Elizabeth Berry. His father had served in the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant during World War I. Jack Bowell was the oldest of three brothers, coming before Lloyd Jr. and Robert. 

The Bowell family had moved from Ohio shortly before the birth of Robert Bowell in 1923 to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in time to Camden. Sadly, Lloyd Bowell Sr. passed away on November 5, 1934 and he was buried at Philadelphia National Cemetery. Lloyd Bowell Sr. was not living with his family when the census was taken in April of 1930, this may have been for any number of reasons including illness. 

When the 1940 City Directory was compiled the family was living at 639 North 8th Street in North Camden. Jack Bowell was working at the RCA-Victor factory as machine operators, and Lloyd Bowell Jr. also worked there, as a gluer.

Jack Britton Bowell enlisted in the United States Army on October 16, 1940. His brother Lloyd Jr., younger by a year, enlisted three days later. It appears that Jack Bowell was initially scheduled to go to the Philippines, this, however may not have happened, as the National Archives have no record of him as a prisoner of war, the fate of virtually all of the American military personnel stationed in the Philippines who were not killed during the Japanese invasion. Lloyd Bowell's enlistment was for the Panama Canal Zone. Younger brother Robert was drafted in October of 1943 for the Army Air Corps. Jack Bowell reached the rank of Corporal before being discharged from the Army.

The 1947 Camden City Directory reveals that Jack Bowell had returned to Camden, and that his father had passed away. He lived with his mother, brothers Lloyd Jr. and Robert at 639 North 8th Street in North Camden. Mrs. Bowell is listed at that address in the 1959 New Jersey Bell Telephone Directory. Jack Bowell is known to have lived at apartment 261-B of the Westfield Gardens Apartments on Westfield Avenue in East Camden during his tenure with the Camden Fire Department.

On February 16, 1959 Jack B. Bowell was appointed to the Camden Fire Department. He reported for duty with Engine Company 8 on Kaighn Avenue that day. On April 16, 1960 Jack Bowell was transferred to Engine Company 3. He resigned from his position with the Camden Fire Department on August 2, 1964.

Jack B. Bowell later moved to St. Paul Minnesota. He died on March 27, 2008 and was buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in South Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Army Enlistment Record
Field Title
ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 12010297
NAME BOWELL, JACK B
RESIDENCE: STATE NEW JERSEY
RESIDENCE: COUNTY CAMDEN
PLACE OF ENLISTMENT CAMDEN NEW JERSEY
DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 16
DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 10
DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 40
GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION Private
GRADE: CODE Private
BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION Corps of Engineers
BRANCH: CODE Corps of Engineers
FIELD USE AS DESIRED #
TERM OF ENLISTMENT Enlistment for the Philippine Department
LONGEVITY ###
SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL Civil Life
NATIVITY OHIO
YEAR OF BIRTH 21
RACE AND CITIZENSHIP White, citizen
EDUCATION 3 years of high school
CIVILIAN OCCUPATION Undefined Code
MARITAL STATUS Single, without dependents
COMPONENT OF THE ARMY Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
CARD NUMBER #
BOX NUMBER 0077
FILM REEL NUMBER 1.70#
 

 


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