Columbia VA Health Care System
Dorn VAMC launches feature story series about South Carolina Veterans
August 1, 2013
Left. Lou Fowler in uniform after he entered the Army Air Corps and before he deployed to combat operations in Europe. Right. Mr. Fowler at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Photos courtesy of Mr. Fowler.
Officials at the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center announced today the launch of a new feature article series highlighting the service and sacrifices made by South Carolina Veterans.
Titled Our Veterans, the first story focuses on World War II Veteran and former POW Louis B. Fowler of Columbia.
As a crewmember on a B-24 Liberator bomber, the 18-year-old waist gunner had to bail out when his aircraft was shot down over Austria.
Over the next 13-months, he had to survive enemy prisoner of war camps, disease, starvation, and a 500-mile evacuation march through Poland into Germany before he was able to escape to freedom.
Today, Mr. Fowler is a VA patient at Dorn VAMC and spends much of his time talking about his combat experiences so as to encourage audiences to support our armed forces and our Veterans.
Read more about Lou Fowler and his epic story at: http://www.columbiasc.va.gov/features/Our_Veterans.asp