Veterans Honored at Capital
"We had two engines gone, we were on fire, and the tail gunner was wounded, I was wounded, and the navigator was wounded," said the WWII veteran.
Now he is being honored for his service. But he still remembers what happened during the war. With only a few usable parachutes, the pilot of Rowden's plane made a life threatening decision.
"We left him up there alone in the airplane and he crash landed it and lived," Rowden said
Rowden then spent the next 13 months in German POW camps. Decades later, it's now his time to be honored, during a ceremony honoring Missouri's veterans.
"Today the united states is the most prosperous, virtuous, and important nation on earth, and this would not be so without our veterans," said Governor Matt Blunt, during his speech at today's ceremony.
Along with a number of other Missouri veterans, Rowden was honored due to his efforts during wartime. After 38 years of service to his country, and 13 months in a POW camp, Rowden's best memory is what he did when he got home.
"Well, i looked up my girlfriend, who's now my wife, and everyone was happy to see me home," Rowden said.