Richard Cowan was born December 5, 1922, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Cowan grew up in Wichita, Kansas, where he eventually attended college. On October 13, 1943, Cowan enlisted in the army during World War II and was sent to Europe. On December 16, 1944, Cowan and his fellow soldiers defended against a superior German force at the Battle of the Bulge. Cowan was one of the few survivors of his unit and continued to fight until forced to retreat into a nearby town. He was killed by enemy fire December 17, 1944. Cowan received the Medal of Honor from President Truman for his courageous fighting. The medal was presented to his family on June 23, 1945.
Entry: Cowan, Richard
Author: Kansas Historical Society
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Date Created: May 2012
Date Modified: October 2015
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