Emmett W. Bowers
Quartermaster Hall of Fame
Major General Emmett W. Bowers graduated as an Reserve Officers Training Corps honor graduate from
Mercer University in 1951 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Quartermaster
Corps. During the early years in his career, he was detailed to the Artillery Corps.
Serving in Korea with the 2d Division Artillery, he was wounded in action in 1952 during
the Second Korean Winter Campaign.
General Bowers taught financial management at the Quartermaster School, both in
Germany and at Fort Lee, VA. Important staff assignments during his distinguished career
included Chief of the Budget and Accounting Branch in the Quartermaster Market Center
System, US Army, Europe; Chief, Analysis and Statistics Branch, Management Division,
Southern Area Command, US Army, Europe; Coordinator of the Stock Fund, Army Supply and
Maintenance Agency, US Army, Europe; Chief of the Procedures and Performance Branch,
Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics; Executive Officer to the Comptroller, Defense
Logistics Agency; and Staff Officer in the Logistics Directorate, Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Some of his principal commands included Commander, 9th Supply and Transportation
Battalion, 9th Infantry Division, Vietnam; Commander, 593d Support Group, Fort Lewis, WA;
Commander, US Army Troop Support Agency, Fort Lee, VA; and Commander, Defense Personnel
Support Center, Philadelphia, PA.
Among his many lasting contributions, General Bowers expedited movement of the
communications zone from France to Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg, that was key to North
Atlantic Treaty Organization success over the last two decades. Plus, he conducted a
thorough study of Department of Defense commissary operations that led to many reforms.