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John Bowen, Illustrator, Shares Veterans Day With Us

The Rickie Report wants to share the artwork of an artist who was sent to Viet Nam as an illustrator for the U.S. Air Force.  John Bowen has written a book, “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days” about his experiences and shares some poignant as well as personal views.  



Leaning on the bunker behind our barracks 1968 Tan Son Nhut Air base Viet Nam

Augementee Troops Taking a Break (Me and Joe)

“I commanded the Base Graphics Shop for two years on a Sac Base in Texas prior to getting my orders to run a Headquarters Graphics Shop for the 834th Air Division, at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in South Vietnam. I spent many hours in the field and back at my duty section painting and drawing, documenting airlift operations for the Air Force”, he shares.
Since leaving the service, John has worked as an advertising artist for the Miami Herald and the Sun-Sentinel.  He recently retired from the Sentinel in 2009 and has been working on this book for over 15 years, on and off.
When John contacted The Rickie Report about his illustrations and book, it made sense to showcase his work when our country celebrates and acknowledges Veterans.

Supplying The Troops

Many of his drawings are displayed at the U.S.A.F. Academy in Colorado. John is a Signature Member of the Goldcoast Watercolor Society and the Florida Watercolor Society. His works have been showcased in national publications and displayed in public venues, museums and galleries.


In The Field
“In the Field”, a color rendering originally from a slide, shows John out sketching on site.
Bowen’s book is filled with Illustrations and Photos

John will be selling limited editions of his artwork and is available to speak to local organizations about his book and his experiences. Contact him at:  954 370-2061   or go to his website


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The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


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