Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Army Staff Sgt. Collin J. Bowen
From the Baltimore Sun
Army Staff Sgt. Collin J. Bowen had finished his last mission in Afghanistan and was scheduled to come home to his wife and daughter in Perry Hall.
But when asked to ride along on a final 10-day mission, Sergeant Bowen, 38, agreed.
"That's the type of person he was," said his brother, Justin Bowen, 36. "My brother was a person who was very dedicated and loyal and without question one of the hardest-working people I've ever known."
On Jan. 2, the final day of that last mission, Sergeant Bowen suffered major injuries from a roadside bomb, including burns over 50 percent of his body. He was returned to the U.S. for treatment at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, where his family stayed by his bedside, praying for his recovery.
Earlier this week the Perry Hall resident died of complications from his injuries, and the family prepared to bury him at Arlington National Cemetery.
We received an e-mail from a family member of Sgt. Bowen's:
I want to tell you how impressed I am with the Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders. They have truly gone above and beyond the call of duty in my opinion. My cousin who has been serving in the war on terror was recently wounded in Afghanistan . He hails from Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens Cheerleaders took the time to send him and my family letters of encouragement and hope. It was the one silver lining in our day. It was unexpected and so heartfelt, and sincere that it brought tears of joy to our eyes. Letters like the ones the wonderful Ravens Cheerleaders sent us will be forever in our heart because it is what got us through that scary and worrisome time. Sadly, my cousin did not survive to thank them himself, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank them on his behalf. He would have been happy that someone took the time to cheer up his family. And they truly did. I am Forever and always a true Baltimore Ravens fan because of this.
Collin's widow Ursula set up a website dedicated to her husband's memory here.
You can read more about Sgt. Bowen here and here