The annual Battle of the Bulge weekend drew World War II veterans, one labeling the Fort Indiantown Gap fight ‘authentic’

A re-enactor shakes hands with James Franklin Bowman, a World War II veteran from Lykens, during Saturday's Battle of the Bulge re-enactment at Fort Indiantown Gap. Bowman served with the 99th Combat Infantry and was wounded during the actual Battle of the Bulge. (Jeremy Long — Lebanon Daily News)

A re-enactor shakes hands with James Franklin Bowman, a World War II veteran from Lykens, during Saturday’s Battle of the Bulge re-enactment at Fort Indiantown Gap. Bowman served with the 99th Combat Infantry and was wounded during the actual Battle of the Bulge. (Jeremy Long — Lebanon Daily News)

Fort Indiantown Gap: James Franklin Bowman couldn’t believe his eyes.

The Schuylkill County man watched in awe on Saturday during the annual Battle of the Bulge re-enactment at Fort Indiantown Gap. He fought in the actual battle near the end of World War II and marveled at the local display.

“It was pretty authentic,” the Lykens man said as the Saturday morning battle re-enactment came to a close. “It brought back a lot of memories; that it did.”

Bowman, a disabled World War II veteran, was shot during the real fight 69 years ago while serving with the 99th Combat Infantry.

“He’s carrying nine pounds of shrapnel in those legs,” Bowman’s son-in-law, Gordon Deiter, also from Lykens, said as he accompanied the veteran up the hill and across Fisher Avenue to the barracks area.

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