Woodbury County

Cpl. Kingsley Blaine Bowers

 

Son of Sioux City Woman Is Killed in Belgium Battle

Cpl. Kingsley Blaine Bowers, 34, of Beresford, S.D., a son of Mrs. Ethel Miller, 1422 Pierce street, was killed in action in Belgium December 24 while fighting with an armored division of Gen. Patton’s Ninth army.

The soldier was born in Moville, Ia., July 13, 1910. He was the husband of Mrs. Ruby Bowers of Beresford.

Also surviving are seven sisters: Mrs. Helen Everingham, Mrs. John Dean, Mrs. Harold Neeley, Mrs. Franklin Boblit, all of Sioux City; Mrs. Royal Haas, of Denver, Colo; Mrs. Lee Grasshoff of San Antonio; and Mrs. Phyllis Hinkle of Des Moines; and two brothers, Charles Foster, who received a medical discharge from overseas service and who now resides in San Francisco, and Pvt. Verlyn Foster, in the air corps in England.

The young man attended the school in Kingsley and Moville.  Before going overseas in August of 1944 he was stationed at Fort Knox. Ky.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, January 16, 1945

KILLED IN ACTION

Cpl. Kingsley Blaine Bowers, of Beresford, S.D., son of Mrs. Ethel Miller, 1422 Pierce street, was killed in action in Belgium December 24, while fighting with an armored division of Gen. Patton’s  Ninth army.  Cpl. Bowers, whose wife resides in Beresford, attended school in Kingsley and Moville.  He was 34 years old.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, January 17, 1945 (photo included)

SPECIAL RITES TO BE SUNDAY
Memorial Services Will Be Held for Cpl. K. Bowers

Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Beresford, S.D., for Cpl. Kingsley Blaine Bowers, 34, son of Mrs. Ethel Miller, 1422 Pierce street, who was killed in action in Belgium December 24.

Relatives and close friends will meet preceding the services in the home of his wife, Mrs. Ruby Bowers.  The rites will be conducted by the American Legion post at Beresford.

Cpl. Bowers was killed in action while fighting with an armored division of Gen. Patton’s Third army.  He was born in Moville, Ia., in 1910. Before going overseas in August, 1944, he was stationed at Fort Knox, Ky.

Shortly before his death, Cpl. Bowers received the bronze star medal for having distinguished himself by “meritorious service in connection with military operations not involving participation in aerial flight against an enemy of the United States.” During the period from November 14 to November 26, 1944, he received many commendations from members of his platoon and his platoon leader for his display of coolness and courage on platoon missions.

Cpl. Bowers made several successful day and night patrols securing valuable information.  His work, it was stated, was valuable in aiding in the successful capture of the town of Bethinger, Germany.  Cpl. Bowers aided in returning one of his company, suffering shock, to his platoon area.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, February 16, 1945 (photo included)