From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Harland Bowdey '44

Date of birth: April 16, 1921

Date of death: October 13, 1943

Age: 22

Lucky Bag

From the 1944 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

Husband of Norine Alma Bowdey who resided in the District Of Columbia during the war.

Harland served as an Ensign on the destroyer U.S.S. Bristol (DD-453), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided at 791 Atlantic Avenue, Rochester, Monroe County, New York prior to the war. He was a class of 1944 grad of the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1943.

The Bristol, while escorting a convoy to Oran, Algeria, was struck on the port side at the forward engine room by a single torpedo from U-boat U-371 commanded by Waldemar Mehl. The Bristol was broken in half by the single explosion and sank. The Bristol suffered the loss of 52 of her crew.

Harland was declared "Missing In Action" in this attack during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # O-283319

Class of 1944

Harland is one of 66 members of the Class of 1944 on Virtual Memorial Hall.