Inspector Ralph E. Bowden

Inspector Ralph E. Bowden

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, March 19, 1932

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Ralph E. Bowden

Inspector Ralph Bowden suffered a fatal heart attack just before midnight as he and two other inspectors were chasing four liquor smugglers who were attempting to smuggle four sacks of liquor across the Rio Grande near Collingsworth Addition, El Paso, Texas.

The inspectors saw the smugglers and started to chase them. They noticed Inspector Bowden was not acting naturally and saw him fall. He died almost immediately. The smugglers were captured and lodged in the city jail.

Inspector Bowden was survived by his wife, son, and daughter. He was buried in the Masonic Section of Concordia Cemetery in El Paso, Texas.


  • Age 48
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Location Texas

alcohol violation, foot pursuit, smuggling

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Inspector Bowden,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country and to the Service as well.


United States Border Patrol

March 19, 2022

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