Shigeko Bowden (1925 - 2008)



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Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery
Section 3 Row 42 Site 1,
5310 Milners Road, Suffolk, Va


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Norfolk, Norfolk City County, Virginia

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Branch of service: Us Navy
Rank attained: EM1
Wars/Conflicts: Vietnam

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1925 - In the year that Shigeko Bowden was born, in July, the Scopes Trial - often called the Scopes Monkey Trial - took place, prosecuting a substitute teacher for teaching evolution in school. Tennessee had enacted a law that said it was "unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school". William Jennings Bryan headed the prosecution and Clarence Darrow headed the defense. The teacher was found guilty and fined $100. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld the law but overturned the guilty verdict.

1941 - At the age of 16 years old, Shigeko was alive when on December 7th, the Japanese attacked the military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The surprise aerial attack damaged 8 U.S. battleships (6 later returned to service), including the USS Arizona, and destroyed 188 aircraft. 2,402 American citizens died and 1,178 wounded were wounded. On December 8th, the U.S. declared war on Japan and on December 11th, Germany and Italy (allies of Japan) declared war on the United States. World War II was in full swing.

1947 - This person was 22 years old when in June, the Marshall Plan was proposed to help European nations recover economically from World War II. It passed the conservative Republican Congress in March of 1948. After World War I, the economic devastation of Germany caused by burdensome reparations payments led to the rise of Hitler. The Allies didn't want this to happen again and the Marshall Plan was devised to make sure that those conditions didn't arise again.

1977 - When this person was 52 years old, on January 21st, President Carter pardoned "draft dodgers" - men who avoided the draft during the Vietnam War. He fulfilled a campaign promise with the pardon. But it only applied to civilian evaders - the estimated 500,000 to 1 million active-duty personnel who went AWOL were not included.

1985 - This person was 60 years old when on March 15th, the first internet domain name was registered - Symbolics, Inc., a spinoff of the MIT AI Lab, was a computer manufacturer headquartered in Massachusetts. The company no longer exists and the domain name was sold 25 years later.

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Shigeko Bowden died on September 5, 2008 at 82 years old. There is no listed cause of death for Shigeko. Shigeko was buried in Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery Section 3 Row 42 Site 1, Suffolk, Va. Shigeko was born on December 27, 1925. We are unaware of information about Shigeko's family or relationships. We know that Shigeko Bowden had been residing in Norfolk, Norfolk City County, Virginia.


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