General Orders Number 223, Headquarters Third Infantry Division, 23 June 1945 (page 4)
RALPH T. BOWERS, 33 835 800, Private First Class, Infantry, Company "E", 7th Infantry Regiment. For gallantry in action. On 23 January 1945, near Ostheim, France, Private First Class BOWERS single-handedly attacked an enemy machine gun which had killed 1 soldier, wounded 10 more, and forced the other members of his platoon to seek cover in a ditch. Although bullets skimmed over his head, he crawled to a point 35 yards from the enemy, and loaded his bazooka. Then, rising to his knee, he fired one round into the hostile gun emplacement, killing the gunner and wounding his assistant. With the enemy weapon silenced, his platoon was able to resume its advance. Residence: Easton, Pennsylvania.