In Memory of
Staff Sergeant
Maxwell Bowling
Colome South Dakota
Tripp County
July 2, 1913 -- August 14, 1944
Killed in Action in France

Maxwell Bowling

Maxwell Scot Bowling was born to parents Mr. and Mrs. James B. Bowling on July 2, 1913. His family included his brothers, Robert and Donald, and his sister, Thelma Dodson. His hometown was Clearfield, South Dakota. Up to the time of his enlistment in the army, Maxwell lived at or near the home of his parents in Dog Ear Township, South Dakota. The last few years he had been engaged in farming with Mr. Clyde Sargent near Clearfield, South Dakota. His family noted that he was a loyal friend, a helpful neighbor, and a fine and honorable young man. He was honest, cheerful, and kind. He was loved and respected by all who knew him.

He enlisted in the Army on November 23, 1941. He served in the 23rd Engineers, attached to an Armored Division. Staff Sergeant Bowling was wounded in action in France, on August 14, 1944. He died as a result of his injuries, at the age of 31 years, 1 month, and 17 days. He was awarded the Bronze Star for gallantry in action.

Maxwell was buried in France and is still buried there today. At the time of Staff Sergeant Bowling’s death, his family included his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. James B. Bowling; a sister, Mrs. Noel Dodson; a brother, Donald J. Bowling (all of Colome, South Dakota); one brother in the service, Robert Bowling, U.S. Navy, San Francisco, California; and his fiancée, Alice Sargent of Clearfield, South Dakota.

“As a good American citizen and a faithful and courageous soldier, he gave all he had --his life-- for his country,” wrote his brother, Donald Bowling.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Rustin Bertram, 7th Grade, Colome Jr. High School, Colome, South Dakota, April 1, 2002. Information for this entry was provided by Donald Bowling, Clearfield, South Dakota, brother of Army Sergeant Maxwell Bowling.