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


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)