Obituary for Paul R. Gowen
1 February, 1909 - 11 July, 1938
First headline was written in
The Caldwell News-Tribune,
dated Monday, 11 July, 1938
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo
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Gowen Field Air National Guard Base, and
Gowen Field/Boise Air Terminal,
in Boise, Idaho
is named after Paul Gowen.
Meager Word Of
Fatality Is Sent
To Man's Family
Zone (AP) Lieutenant Paul Gowen of Caldwell, Ida., was killed
today and two other army men were seriously injured when a
United States army bomber crashed and burned on the beach at
Paitillo Point, near Panama City.
Lieut. Kenneth Crosher, navigator, and Radio Private D.
H. Bundy were badly burned, but were expected to recover.
The bomber was on a routine flight from Albrook field
when thick smoke stared to pour from its right motor a few
minutes after the takeoff. Unable to gain altitude,
Gowen headed the bomber toward the beach where it crashed
among the trees and burst into flames.
Bund and Crosher struggled from the wreckage but
Gowen's body was trapped in the burning plane.
Lieutenant Paul R. Gowen, former Caldwell resident, was
killed today when his army airplane crashed on the outskirts
of Panama City, according to telegraphic information received
here by the young man's father, J. B. Gowen. The meager
information did not state the cause of the crash, relatives of
the officer said.
Young Gowen is survived by his widow, the former
Miss Betty Wilson of Twin Falls, and a small daughter,
Stephanie, who have made their home for the past year in the
Canal Zone where Gowen has been stationed; his parents
of Caldwell; two sisters, Mrs. Robert Walker of Caldwell
and Miss Daphne Gowen of Lewiston, Ida.; three brothers,
William Gowen of Boise, Justin Gowen, who is on a leave of
absence from Poland where he is an American representative of
the Anaconda Mining company and Ralph of Twin Falls.
Arrangements for the funeral were not made this
The young officer was educated in
the Caldwell public schools and received an appointment to
West Point following his graduation from the University of
Idaho. Upon receiving his commission from the United
States military academy he was appointed to the air service
and has been acting in that capacity for the past several
years, having served in Louisiana, Oklahoma and the Canal
Zone. He was 29.
The Caldwell News-Tribune
Friday, July 15, 1938
Will be Buried
Funeral services for
Lieutenant Paul Gowen, army flier who was killed Monday when
his plane crashed at Panama City, will be held here, relatives
of the young man announced today. Definite arrangements,
however, it was stated, cannot be made until the arrival of
the officer's widow and small daughter, Stephanie.
Mrs. Gowen and the little girl are due to arrive by
plane in Boise Sunday, relatives said.
Lieutenant Gowen, a former Caldwell resident, was the
son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Gowen of this city. He
attended the local schools, was graduated from the Caldwell
high school and the University of Idaho and was a West Point
The Caldwell News-Tribune
Tuesday, July 19, 1938
For Paul Gowen
The bereaved family
and sorrowing friends of Lieutenant Paul R. Gowen, brilliant
young army flier who was killed when his plane crashed at
Panama City July 11, will pay their final tribute to the
former Caldwell youth Wednesday afternoon at 2:30. A
special military service will be held at the Peckham chapel
with the Rev. Robert Schrock, district chaplain of the Idaho
Civilian Conservation corps, in charge.
Pallbearers will be Idaho national guard members who
were former friends of the officer. Burial will be in
the Canyon Hill cemetery.
Lieutenant Gowen is survived by his widow, the former
Betty Wilson of Twin Falls, who flew here from the Canal Zone
with her husband's ashes; a small daughter, Stephanie;
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Gowen of Caldwell and a number
of sisters and brothers.
The Caldwell News-Tribune
Wednesday, July 20, 1938
Pay Final Tribute
To Paul R. Gowen
An impressive military
service paid final tribute today to Lieutenant Paul R. Gowen,
who was killed July 11 when his plane crashed at Panama City.
The Rev. Robert L. Schock, a chaplain of the United States
army, was in charge of the rites performed at the Peckham
A Firing squad from Caldwell headquarters troop, 116th
cavalry, Idaho national guard gave the military salute at the
Canyon Hill cemetery where the young flier's ashes were
Pallbearers were Major C. V. Martin, Major R. S. Clore,
Capt. Lee R. Clemons, Capt. Stewart S. Mazey, Capt., Carl
Isenberg and Lieut. N. T. Hinds, Idaho national guard officers
and friends of the former Caldwell boy.
Lieutenant Gowen, who was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B.
Gowen of Caldwell, was a graduate of the local high school and
the University of Idaho. Upon finishing at the state
university he was appointed to the United States military
academy and four years later received his commission in the
army air service.
Besides his parents the young officer, who was 29, is
survived by his widow, the former Miss Betty Wilson of Twin
Falls; a small daughter, Stephanie and several sisters
Full sized headstone photo
available upon request.