FRANK W. BOWDON, ENS, USN
Frank Bowdon '80
Date of birth: 1858
Date of death: June 24, 1884
The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.
Frank Welch Bowdon was admitted to the Naval Academy from Texas on September 11, 1875 at age 17 years 7 months.
The Trenton went to Nagasaki about ten days ago. Just before she left Ensign Bowdon died of black measles at Chemulpo. His death was a very sad one. He was with me in the Library of the Navy Department while I was there, and I therefore knew him particularly well. Taht he died here was all the sadder, because he was almost decided to resign just before the Trenton left New York, to study law with his brother. He was an earnest, good officer, quiet and well liked. He was very fat, and when the measles fever set in, he could not perspire, the pores having closed up. So he died suddenly of blood poisoning. Ip-tong, Kachon Kol, Seoul, July 22, 1884
Ensign Frank Welch Bowdon. Born January 16, 1858. Appointed a Cadet Midshipman, September 24, 1875. Graduated, June 3, 1880. Ordered to the Galena, August 13, 1880, and detached June I, 1882. Appointed a Midshipman, June 22, 1882. Ordered to training ship New Hampshire, August 18, 1882, and on October 4 was detached and ordered to special duty in Bureau of Navigation. Commissioned an Ensign, Junior Grade, March 3, 1883. Ordered, September 1, 1883, to Trenton. He died on board the Trenton, at Korea, on June 24, 1884. Total sea service, two years, eleven months. Shore duty, five years and four months. Total service, eight years and nine months.
Cadet Midshipman, 24 September, 1875. Graduated, 22 June, 1882. Ensign, Junior Grade, 3 March, 1883. Died 24 June, 1884.
Seems likely that this father: Franklin Welsh Bowdon.