Woodbury County

Harry Ernest Nichols



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.

The dead or missing youths from Sioux City are Harry Ernest Nichols, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. N. Nichols, 2309 S. Palmetto street, and Kenneth Leroy Bosley, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence A. Bosley, 1124 22d street.

Both of Sioux City’s first dead of the new world war probably were killed in the initial Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, although details of their deaths are shrouded by the censorship.  Young Nichols was a storekeeper aboard a battleship and Kenneth Bosley was an electrician, third class, in the Navy. 

Harry Nichols, was a graduate of East high school.  At home he is mourned by his parents and a 16-year-old sister, Betty Lou.  Harry also has a brother, Norman, in the army to “carry on.”  Norman’s location is not know.

Mr. Nichols is a government meat inspector in the packing plants here.

(See Photo) Harry Nichols, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. N. Nichols, 2309 S. Palmetto street, killed in Jap attack on Pearl Harbor.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, January 18, 1942

School Holds Memorial Rites

14 Former East Junior Pupils Dead in Present War

Students and parents bowed their heads Friday afternoon at East Junior School in respect to former boys of that institution who have given their lives that free education might continue.

It was the Schools Memorial Day observance. In song and story, tribute was paid to the 14 former students who have lost their lives in the present conflict.

An imitation monument—one that had been used at like services at the school in other years—was centered on the stage of the auditorium.

Parents and friends of those who have been killed or died in service, sat in a group on one side of the hall.

Rev. Frank G. Bean, pastor of Grace Methodist Church, delivered the address. He declared that those students had died so that this country might continue with its system of free education whereby all may learn the truth in history.

At the conclusion of the service, students placed a wreath at the names on the gold star list. They later will be added to a roll that will be placed in the front hall.

Former student’s names on Friday’s list were Harry E. Nichols, Luverne Trimborn, LeLand Christensen, Robert Sogge, Frank Voloshan, Clelland Kammon, Casmer Lukowicz, Alder L. Nystrom, Harry Ellsworth, Bruce Brink, Raymond Lynch and Melvin McKnight.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, May 28, 1943


These Iowans, like those pictured here on previous Sundays, have given their lives for their country. They are men who have died in actual combat or in prison camps. The fourth line under each name designates the theatre of war in which they were serving. Other pictures will be published later.

Source: The DesMoines Register, Sunday, February 13, 1944  (photo included)