William A. Cowan was born September 3, 1925 in Los Angeles, California.

His 20 + year military career began when he was inducted into the Army in December, 1943

at Ft. MacArthur in San Pedro, Ca.



Ft. MacArthur - San Pedro, California


After leaving Minter Field in Bakersfield, California, Bill Cowan took advanced training at

Kingman AAF, Arizona - Lincoln, Ne. - Rapid City, S.D. - Denver, Co.




After his advanced training, Bill was assigned to the 8th AF  487th Bomb Group Lavenham, England where he served as a Aerial Gunner/Togglier with both the 836th & 839th Bomb Squadrons.



                                                               After returning home, Bill's next assignment was:

                                                                               Drew AAF - Tampa Florida. 

Drew AAF - Tampa Florida


Los Angeles Control Group 

Station keeping at San Clemente Island - Catalina Island - Palos Verdes Estates.


                                                                         Ashiya Air Base  Kyushu, Japan


 Long Beach Air Station - NCOIC Air Police Detachment. 


6132nd  TacAir Group - Pusan, Korea 


35th Air Base Group  Johnson Air Base Japan



Iwakuni Air Base  Japan

Bill - The Gunner - Korea


Ricketts - Cowan - Underwood


 T/Sgt. William Cowan receiving his DFC from Col. Nils Ohman  3rd BW CO


After Korea assignments.

Carswell AFB Ft. Worth, Tx.

Tinker AFB  Oklahoma City, Ok.

Ramey AFB  Purto Rico

Davis-Monthan AFB  Tucson, Az.

While at Carswell, Tinker & Ramey, he had several 90+ day TDYs to

Alaska, California, Goose Bay, Labrador


TSGT William A. Cowan USAF (Ret.) retired in March, 1964 to Saginaw, Texas where he lives to this day.

Bill Cowan or as he is more commonly known ORB is still active with the 13th Bomb Squadron Association, played an integral part in the reactivation of the 13th Bomb Squadron and is noted for his articles & stories regarding his service in the USAF.


B-2 Reapers

Triskaidekaphobia - Be Damned 

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 Bill at 13th Squadron Reactivation



ORB review of The Forgotten.

5.0 out of 5 stars Old men,Old war,Old memories!, October 3, 2009
The Forgotten - Volume One
The concept of attempting to tell a story in the words of the participants after so many years gone by is rather daunting. In that the author was not in that conflict even further makes for mistakes. The chronological setting of stories is somewhat confusing and have no apparent set pattern.
The initial story in re the Marine and the flag at Seoul is great in that it explains the mental state initiated in basic training to all Marines. His exploits and that of his comrades in arms during and after the initial invasion that lead to horrendous losses is well written. However I feel personally that his actions and life after Korea although exemplary are covered to excess.
From the stand point of "been there,done that" I arrived in The Land Of The Morning Calm well before the USMC came ashore at Masan. This during the rather rapid southerly "advance to the rear" of our forces that evolved into the Pusan Perimeter. When it appeared that maybe we would need a whole fleet to get our buns out of the fire. I was in Tac Air Control Squadron and was actively engaged with the Army ground units hightailing out of harms way. My team had the honor of covering the Marines arriving as they entered the fracas prior to their controllers being available. My admiration for the American Dog Faces and what they accomplished is without equal.
Later during this "Police Action" I was assigned to the Thirteenth Bomb Squadron, Third Bomb Group, and flew combat sorties in the Douglas Invader, B-26, aircraft. My story is included in this tome for which I'm duly proud. On the whole what Cummins has tried to do is commendable but the participation of other early birds to the fray is needed to flesh out the job the American G.I.s did in the first four months. Now friends that was scary!






May God love and protect our great country and its people!
Growing Old Is Mandatory, Growing Up Is Optional, Have Fun Always!


 This is a link to the Lt. Col. Walter S. King page that ORB played a very important part in bringing online.

Lt. Col. Walter S. King