In Memory of
Colome South Dakota
July 2, 1913 -- August 14, 1944
Killed in Action in France
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
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