Woodbury County

Jack Downing


Jack Downing, first class petty officer in the navy is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.L. Downing 1401 Nebraska. He has been stationed aboard the battleship Nevada based at the Hawaiian Islands two years.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, August 16, 1941

Killed or Wounded—
Casualties Bring the Battle Closer to the Midwest

The COLD hand of sorrow has been laid on the hearts of many American mothers and fathers since that December Sabbath when the Japanese attacked Oahu, and parents of Sioux City and the surrounding territory have felt their share of grief over the boys who aren’t coming back.

Two Sioux City youths are “missing in action” and several have been wounded in action in the Pacific ocean.  Sioux City residents had relatives either killed or wounded.

No Official Lists
Compilation of a list of casualties since the war began is difficult because all information concerning the sailors and soldiers involved must come from relatives.  No official casualty lists are being issued.

Wounded in Action
At least two Sioux City youths were wounded in early Pacific action—Hollis V. Francis, marine, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Francis, 1106 McDowell street, and Jack Downing, a navy baker, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Downing, 1401 Nebraska street.

Hollis was wounded in the side and arm by shrapnel, but wrote his parents that he suffered only a broken finger.  Downing was injured in both legs at Pearl Harbor and nearly lost one leg. Both Francis and Downing are in California hospitals.  The latter’s wife went to California to be at his bedside.

(See Photo) Jack Downing, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Downing, 1401 Nebraska street, a Navy baker, reported wounded in legs.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, January 18, 1942