Hamilton County


Pfc. William Earl Dow





Pfc. William Earl Dow, who formerly made his home in this community, has been awarded the bronze star for heroic achievement against the enemy at Le Neutral Herman, France. According to the official citation, Private Dow’s tank was stopped by a bazooka, but he stayed with his gun and kept the enemy from knocking out the tanks in front of him. When the tank was hit a second time he dismounted and was captured by German troops in a ditch. However, with quick thinking he was able to outwit his captors and return to his unit. Private Dow is a member of the crew of a tank named “Dizzy,” with the Second armored division in Germany.

Source: Webster City Freeman, Webster City, IA - Feb. 26, 1945

William Earl Dow was born Oct. 17, 1914 to Murray Brewster and Vida Dow. He died Aug. 5, 2008 in IL.

Pvt. Dow served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II with Co. D, 66th A.R.; 2nd Battalion, 2nd Armored Division. He was a member of tank crew “Dizzy”.

Source: ancestry.com