Verne Bowers suggested Dwight Eisenhower following World Conflict II.
However not many individuals at Bethany Village in Centerville, the place he turned 100 on Saturday, know him for his proud service within the army.
After a protracted prestigious profession as the US Military and touring the world, Bowers has spent his army retirement gardening and residing a extra quiet life.
“He’s all the time had a inexperienced thumb, he really loved gardening,” his son, Lyle Bowers mentioned. “When he and my mother moved to Bethany Village, he rented a plot of land to backyard and develop greens. He used to convey them again for his neighbors. I used to inform him he grew sufficient to feed an entire village.”
On Saturday, Bowers celebrated his birthday together with his kids and grandchildren.
Bowers grew up in a small city in Dickens, Iowa, raised on a farm. His profession started when he was drafted within the army throughout World Conflict II. When he was stationed in Panama, he met his spouse, Arleen.
As a lieutenant colonel in the course of the interval after World Conflict II, when Common Eisenhower served as Supreme Allied Commander of the European reconstruction, Verne served as a high aide to Ike.
He went on to serve within the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam Conflict. Bowers retired as Main Common of the Military (two stars) and served because the Adjutant Common of the U.S. Military from 1971 to 1975. He was additionally awarded the Legion of Advantage by the U.S. Congress and President.
Whereas serving he attended the Harvard College of Enterprise and acquired a number of levels in enterprise. In line with Lyle when he got here again to the US, he wished to place his training and experiences to work.
Bowers settled down in Dayton and labored for former regulation agency, Smith & Schnacke because the administrator for practically a decade earlier than retiring.
“He’s a personal particular person, he by no means actually talked about his profession within the army,” Lyle mentioned.
Invoice Serr, former Graceworks CEO, knew Verne for 30 years earlier than discovering his army profession.
“I found in a web-based article that he had been a high aide to Common Eisenhower in the course of the post-World Conflict II reconstruction of Europe. Once I requested Verne about it he acted prefer it was no huge deal and solely shared one anecdote about Eisenhower,” Serr mentioned.
In line with Lyle, his father was all the time humble and separated his household life from the army. He retains a signed photograph of Eisenhower in his room at Bethany Village.
His spouse Arleen handed in 2007. That they had two kids, six grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.
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