Woodbury County

Sgt. Melvin Dowdy



Sgt. Melvin Dowdy Missing in Action

Sgt. Melvin Dowdy, 20, an infantryman, is missing in action as of December 20, the War Department informed his wife, June, 2100 Dewey street. He had been overseas about a year.

The young Sioux Cityan entered the service about three years ago and at one time he was stationed at Fort Jackson, S. C. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dowdy, also of Sioux City.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, February 5, 1945

Sgt. Dowdy Nazi Prisoner; First Listed Missing

Sgt. Melvin Dowdy, missing in action since December 20, 1944, has been reported a German prisoner of war, according to a telegram received by his wife, June, from the War Department.

Sgt. Dowdy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dowdy of Portland, Ore., entered the army March 3, 1943, and was sent overseas last May. He was formerly employed by the Ideal Cab company. Sgt. and Mrs. Dowdy are the parents of two children, Danny and Diana.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, April 18, 1945 (photo included)