Officer William Lawrence Bowman

Officer William Lawrence Bowman

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, January 4, 1948

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William Lawrence Bowman

Officer William Bowman died of injuries he received when he fell from his motorcycle while responding to a robbery call.

He was responding to a report of a robbery in progress at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Geary Boulevard. As Officer Bowman approached the intersection, he turned sharply to avoid an approaching patrol car and fell from his motorcycle.

Officer Bowman was a United States Marine Corps WWII veteran and had served with the San Francisco Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.

He is buried at the Golden Gate National Cemetary, San Bruno, San Mateo County, California.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash
  • Incident Date Tuesday, December 23, 1947

motorcycle, robbery

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Officer Bowman,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

January 4, 2023

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