Tales of Vietnam War
Nov 07, 2019
Curley Bowman
Tales of Vietnam War

A year out of high school,  Curley joined the Army, serving in Vietnam, Ft. Benning, GA, and Schofield Barracks, HI.  Prior to Vietnam, Curley trained as a Scout Dog Handler.  The Scout Dog team mission is to walk point for infantry patrols and provide early silent warning of enemy ambushes, booby traps and caches of equipment.  Curley and his dog, Cap, flew to Vietnam together.  Curley will speak of his missions with Cap, the day Cap was killed and Curley was wounded; and, of the heroic efforts by those that saved him. 

SSG Bowman separated from the Army in 1978 to follow his childhood dream of becoming a police officer.  Before the ink was dry on his separation orders, he joined the Orlando Police Department for a 28-year career.  His assignments included Uniform Patrol, Under Cover Drugs,  Detective in both Property and Violent Crimes Section and ended at the Airport Division.  During his career, Curley was also a member of the OPD SWAT Team for 15 years.

In 1963 at the age of 13, Carter “Curley” Bowman moved to Winter Park following his father’s retirement from the US Air Force.  He attended Glenridge Junior High School and graduated from Edgewater High School, class of ‘68.  Curley received his Associates Degree at Chaminade College in Honolulu Hawaii while in the Army.  He continued his education at Rollins College in Winter Park, where he received both a BS and MS degree.

Curley joined the Orlando Rotary Club in 2005 under President Charlie Shuffield and in 2010-2011 served as the club’s president.  In 2012 Curley moved on to join his wife, Jan, in the Winter Park Rotary Club where he remains a member.  Curley is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a Bequest Society member.  He and Jan are avid European travelers.  In 2006 Curley published the book “Driving In Europe 101” which is still available online (albeit somewhat out-of-date).  His free hours are divided between volunteering with IDignity, the gym and searching for great wines.  He and Jan have two grown sons, one living in Orlando and the other in Washing DC.



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