Ralph David Bowles
Captain Ralph D. Bowles, Class of 1968, was killed on 7 October, 1975 when the F-111A aircraft he was piloting crashed approximately 20 miles north of Indian Springs Auxiliary Field, Nev. He is survived by his wife, Linda, his son Jason Charles, stepsons, Stephan and Michael, and stepdaughters, Suzanne and Michelle. As a cadet, Capt. Bowles majored in Engineering Management. He was on the Dean's List for six semesters and, as a First Classman, served as Executive Officer for 22nd Cadet Squadron. Following graduation, Captain Bowles was assigned as an industrial Engineer to Hq AFLC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. In 1971, following pilot training at Moody AFB, Georgia, he was assigned to the 522nd TFS at Cannon AFB, N.M. He was assigned as a Pilot Systems Officer at Takhli RTAFB, Thailand in 1972 and subsequently as an F-111Flight Commander in the 429th TFS at Nellis AFB, Nevada. Capt. Bowles was interred at the Academy Cemetery on 14 October.