Lewis County Herald - Serving Hohenwald, Lewis County Tennessee Since 1898

"Buddy" Bowden


"Buddy" Bowden

CMSgt (Ret) Chesley E. "Buddy" Bowden Jr. died on Sunday, May 10, 2020 following a sustained bout with various cancers.

Buddy was a Tennessee native, born in Memphis in 1942. He entered the U.S. Army in 1959 serving with the 101st Airborne Division during such historic events as the integration of the University of Mississippi and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Leaving the Army in 1962, he worked for Firestone for a year before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force and eventually becoming a member of the elite Air Force Combat Control Team.

During his Air Force career, he participated in combat deplo...

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