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Go to The Bad Man from Bodie: The Violent Death of John Franklin Showers

The Bad Man from Bodie: The Violent Death of John Franklin Showers

The Bad Man From Bodie was a mythical figure borne from the lawlessness of an east California mining town, and one obtuse cowboy-John Franklin Showers-adopted this moniker as his own. In 1883, he eagerly joined a conniving Los Gatos saloonkeeper and his trusty sidekick who concocted a plan to rob William P. Renowden in the hills above Lexington. Showers suggested that they torture the old man to convince him to reveal where his treasure was hidden, which meant they would have to kill him. In the wake of this evil scheme, two peaceful men met a brutal death that was-at that time-unparalleled in the Old West. Santa Clara County was outraged, and one newsman aptly described the incident as, “One of the most revolting murders ever committed in any country.”

Go to The Decorations, Awards and Honors of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur: The U.S. Military’s Most Decorated Serviceman

The Decorations, Awards and Honors of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur: The U.S. Military’s Most Decorated Serviceman

For the first time ever, a book solely devoted to the decorations, awards and honors of America’s most decorated serviceman, General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. Over a decade of research has yielded a concise portrayal of the many accolades given to a man whose military career spanned over fifty years and three major wars. General MacArthur was awarded every combat decoration the U.S. Military can bestow, plus over thirty-five foreign decorations, which includes the Medal of Honor, three Distinguished Service Crosses, seven Silver Stars, the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Star Medals, two Purple Hearts and the Air Medal. His longevity and adherence to the motto of “Duty, Honor, Country” has left a legacy in the annals of the world that will probably never be equaled.

Go to Quietly Exploding: The Life of Medal of Honor Hero Charles Denver (Staffelbach) Barger

Quietly Exploding: The Life of Medal of Honor Hero Charles Denver (Staffelbach) Barger

Quietly Exploding: The Life of Medal of Honor Hero Charles Barger is meticulously researched and objectively conveyed by his paternal cousin, MSgt (Ret.) Joseph P. Bowman, with the inestimable editorial assistance of Charlie’s maternal cousin, Chris Kraft.  This compelling biography takes the reader through Charlie’s tumultuous childhood, where murder was commonplace, deciphering fact from fiction regarding his infamous kinfolk.  The war years provide unique insight into Charlie’s heroic feats, but also include a comprehensive perspective of the war in general, and the routine of the common doughboy specifically.  Finally, Charlie’s difficult postwar years are detailed, culminating in his tragic suicide, the details of which have never been disclosed.

About Joseph

Thanks so much for visiting MSgtJosephPBowman.com. (You can call me Joe.) I’m a retired Air Force master sergeant with over 21 years of service and a veteran of Desert Storm. I am a recipient of the Airman’s Medal, the Air Force’s highest decoration for valor in peacetime, and multiple other awards and decorations. My Air Force career included eight duty assignments, response to the 1994 Cuban riots in Panama, plus two tours in the Middle East and one in Colombia… (READ MORE on ABOUT page)

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