Minutes prior to his death, Raymond J. Bowman (seen right) with his fellow comrade Lehmann Riggs (on the left).

The Story Behind a Dramatic Photo and Raymond J. Bowman

Leipzig, 18 April 1945, Private First Class Raymond J. Bowman of “D” Company, 23rd Infantry Regiment and his fellow comrade, Lehmann Riggs, set up their 30 caliber Browning machine gun on an open balcony in order to provide cover for the American troops of the 2nd US Infantry Division, who were advancing over a bridge. …

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