Bowman was not without its disaster, too. Approaching from the west parallel to Highway 210, a tornado clobbered the town in the late afternoon of December 5, 1977, striking the downtown area, leaving three injured streets littered with glass and debris, a few trailers demolished, buildings unroofed, and a power failure. Miraculously, no lives were lost, and a stunned and bewildered citizenry set to work immediately to clean up the town and resume a normal life again.

Bowman  does not want for patriotism.  Its sons and daughters have rallied to every emergency confronting the nation. The history of  Bowman would be incomplete without a tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of peace and freedom. Memorial monuments erected in the town square attest to this, by recording in granite the names of those that have perished as follows:

World War I

World War II

Vietnam Conflict

James  Edmund  Berry

Thomas  Richard Edwards

Leonard  Everett  Berry

George  Arthur  Kemmerlin

Benjamin  Franklin  Knight 

James  Edward  Easterlin

John Wesley Weathers

John  Moorer  Livingston