JOHN (Jack) HOWARD BOWELL
Jack entered the Naval Academy on 17 June 1935, and graduated with Class of 1940, having taken the regular five-year course. Assigned to USS NEW MEXICO (BB-40) as a CWO and Radio Officer, operated in Hawaiian waters until Spring, 1941, when ship was assigned to North Atlantic and the Neutrality Patrol. Upon start of WW II, returned to Pacific. Ended this tour as Signal Officer and Ship’s Secretary in June, 1942, to attend Submarine School; with a stop in Washington, D.C., to marry his present wife, Betty Krogman. After Submarine School, reported to USS POLLACK (SS-180) in Pearl Harbor and served for two war patrols in the Japanese Empire area. Back to New London in June, 1943, to commission USS ANGLER (SS-240) and to make three war patrols in the Southwestern Pacific. Then to USS NAUTILUS (SS-168) as Exec. for her last patrol before coming back to Philadelphia Navy Yard in Spring of 1945 for decommissioning. Upon surrender of U-858 and her arrival at New London via Philadelphia, took over as Officer-in-Charge for operational testing for a year on East Coast.
From Mid-1946 to mid-1949 was instructor and Head of Reserve Training Department at Submarine School. Was X.O. of USS REMORA for six months, followed by C.O. of USS SEGUNDO (SS-398) until mid-1958. Staff of Amphibious School in Coronado until December 1959, when became C.O. of USS POINT DEFIANCE (LSD-31) out of Long Beach. In 1961, transferred to Staff, COMPHIBPAC in Coronado for three years as Training Officer and later as the Operations Officer. While there got the first Seal Team organized and operational as well as having got involved with unconventional warfare.
In 1963, spent his last three years in SECDEF’s area and the Joint Staff in the Office of the SPECIAL ASSISTANT FOR COUNTERINSURGENCY AND SPECIAL ACTIVITIES as Head of the Special Operations Group. Retired in October, 1966, and spent the next five years based in Singapore, while working for Esso Eastern as an industrial advisor in Southeast Asia. Came home in late 1971 to play golf, etc., but times changed that. Became a commercial industrial and business broker, where he still survives.
Outside of helping his dear wife raise three great kids, being yard boy with certain privileges and some professional and social volunteer work, Jack manages to keep busy. It has been a wonderful life between the Navy and the family.
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