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William Morris Bowes

IN MEMORIAM: Bill Bowes, 89, Survived WWII Kamikaze Attack

IN MEMORIAM: Bill Bowes, 89,

Survived WWII Kamikaze Attack

An image from the kamikaze attack on the USS Santee, which Bill Bowes remembered all his days.
An image from the kamikaze attack on the USS Santee, which Bill Bowes remembered all his days.
William Bowes
William M.
Bowes

COOPERSTOWN – William Morris Bowes, 89, who witnessed a kamikaze attack on the USS Santee during World War II, died Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 3, 2015, at Fulton Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare in Gloversville.

Born May 12, 1925, in Albany, he was the son of Thomas C. and Margaret (Dilts) Bowes.

Raised in Oneonta, he attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from Oneonta High School.  On May 8, 1943, he entered the Navy, serving his country during World War II as a radioman.  He was stationed onboard the aircraft-carrier USS Santee and was involved in many naval battles.

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