In Memory of
U.S. Army Corporal
Kingsley Blaine Bowers
Beresford, South Dakota
Union County
July 13, 1910 – December 24, 1944
Killed in Action in Belgium

Kingsley Blaine Bowers

Kingsley Blaine Bowers was born July 13, 1910, in Moville, Iowa, to Dr. Kingsley and Ruby Bowers. His father died before he was born, and his mother remarried.  Kingsley or “Blaine,” as he was called, had seven sisters and two brothers. His older sister and he moved to Kingsley, Iowa, where they were raised for a time by their paternal grandparents. He attended schools in Moville and Kingsley. Blaine married Ruby Lundgren and they lived for nine years in Beresford, South Dakota.

Bowers was inducted into the service and was trained at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, Fort Benning and Camp Gordon, Georgia. Corporal Bowers went overseas in August of 1944 as part of the 90th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Mechanized, 10th Armored Division of Patton’s Third Army. He often wrote home telling of his pride in his comrades and his superior officers.

Operating in Reconnaissance was “reputed to be about the most hazardous in warfare as it consisted most frequently of small detachments operating back of enemy lines sent there to get information about the strength and position of the enemy.” Before his death, Corporal Bowers was awarded a Bronze Star medal where he was cited many times for “coolness and courage and valuable information received on many day and night missions.”

On December 24, 1944, Corporal Kingsley Bowers was killed in action in Belgium.  

This entry was respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator, Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by the Beresford Republic, issues 2/15/45 and 1/18/45 and the Argus Leader, 1/23/45 issue.