Contact Us

This Guy Is My Hero — Man Runs One Mile for Every Soldier Lost in Vietnam

Getty Images, Scott Olson

Everybody forgets about vets — especially Vietnam. It pisses me off that some people even say nasty things about the soldiers who served there. Not this guy. Mike Bowen of Flushing, Michigan, was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. When he visited the war memorial in Washington, D.C. in 1982 he was so moved he decided to do something to honor all 58,292 men and women killed or missing.

Ever since that moment, Bowen has been trying to run one mile for each of the 58,292. 31 years later he’s 65 years old and close to reaching his goal. On Sept. 20 (POW Recognition Day), he’ll run four miles to the D.C. memorial and be finished.

During his journey he’s run 52 marathons and dozens of other races — always carrying the black POW flag. He’s run at least one mile nearly every day. Along with other challenges, he’s had three knee surgeries and even battled cancer.

I think it’s so amazing that he stuck to this goal for 30 years. What an achievement. I also love that he DID something to remember the vets. He used his mind, body and spirit to thank them for their sacrifice in his own way. What a hero. Young ladies, take note: this is what a real man looks like.


Best of 98.3 The Key

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Key VIP quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Key VIP contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.