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Norville E. Bowles to GUNTER AFB, Ala.
   Staff Sergeant Norville E. Bowles, of Bainbridge, Pa., is being reassigned to Olmsted AFB, Middletown, Pa., following his graduation from the United States Air Force technical training course for preventive medicine technicians at this Air Force Base. Sergeant Bowles, son of Mrs. Mary E. Bowles, Bainbridge, received advanced instruction in the management and supervision of the preventive medicine sections of Air Force medical facilities. Bowles is a graduate of May-town High School. His wife is the former Hilde Bihler.

[Elizabethtown Chronicle, Elizabethtown, Pa,/03 Oct 1963, Thu, Page 9]

TSgt. Bowles Named Recruiter
   SAN ANTONIO Technical Sergeant Norville E. Bowles, son of Mrs. Mary E. Bowles, of Bainbridge, Pa., has completed the special U.S. Air Force recruiter course at Lackland AFB, Tex. Sergeant Bowles will be an official Air Force recruiter at Williamsport. He was picked for the special assignment as a volunteer with an outstanding military record. The sergeant was trained in 11 areas of study, including the Air Force job classification system, testing procedures and community relations to broaden his qualifications for presenting the facts of Air Force career opportunities to young men and women. Sergeant Bowles is a veteran of the Korean War. He is a graduate of Bainbridge High School. The sergeant is married to the former Hilde Bihler from Germany.

[Elizabethtown Chronicle. Elizabethtown, PA, 25 Jul 1968, Thu, Page 11]

N.E. "Sook" Bowles

   Norville E. Bowles, USAF Master Sgt., Retired of Bainbridge died on Thursday, February 19, 2009 at Hospice of Lancaster County, Mount

   Sook graduated from the former East Donegal High School and enlisted in the US Army, 27th Infantry Regiment, and Parachute Brigade in 1950. He served in Korea and received 3 bronze stars and a Purple Heart for injuries he received in combat. He later reenlisted with the US Air Force and began a 20-year career, retiring in 1972 as Master Sergeant. His experience in the USAF led to his employment at Three Mile Island, and later at Harrisburg International Airport where he was responsible for refueling airplanes and aircraft exterior maintenance until his retirement in 1986. During his years with the US Air Force, he lived extensively throughout the US and Germany, moving back to Lancaster Co. in 1972.
   Sook was a member of the Bainbridge and Marietta American Legion posts, the Elizabethtown VFW, and Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Association. He also belonged to the Moose Lodge of Elizabethtown and the Susquehanna Beneficial Club of Marietta. He was an avid sports fan, enjoyed daily crossword puzzles, and working on his computer.
   Born in Conoy Twp., on January 19, 1932, he was the son of the late Aubrey L., and Mary E. Matheny Bowles. He was baptized in the Lutheran Faith.
   Sook will be missed by his three daughters; Carol I. Bowles of Elizabethtown; Mary E. Coolidge of Mount Joy; and Patty C. married to Gene Hess of Mountville; 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Four brothers, Dick, Junie, Red, and Clifford Bowles predeceased him.
   Services will be private and held at the convenience of his family. Interment will take place in the Bainbridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lebanon VA Medical Center Hospice Unit, 1700 South Lincoln Ave., Lebanon PA, 17042 or to Hospice of Lancaster Co., P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster PA, 17604-4125. Sheetz Funeral Home, Inc. Mount Joy, PA.

[Lancaster Newspapers, 21 February 2009]

Grave marker for Norville E. Bowles in Bainbridge Cemetery, Elizabethtown (Lancaster county), Pennsylvania.

Norville enlisted in the Army on 12 February 1951.

On 1 June 1951 he was in the group that graduated Jump School, just the second class to go through the recently founded Parachute Packing, Maintenance and Heavy Drop School at Ft. Lee VA.

He served in Charlie Co. 508 ARCT from 1951 to 1952 at which point he enlisted with the US Air Force and completed a 20-year active duty career, retiring as a MSgt on 28 February 1972.

He served in Korea and received 3 bronze stars as well as a Purple Heart.


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