Navy Badge
  • Name: John Robert McDowell
  • Location of Birth: Nashwauk, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: October 23, 1919
  • Date of Death: November 6, 2004
  • Parents: John Russell McDowell & Lenore (King) McDowell
  • High School and Class: 1937 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: GM1 (Gunner's Mate 1st Class Petty Officer)
  • Branch: Navy
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: March 8, 1939
  • Place Sworn In: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: October 12, 1945
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Military Awards:

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: John Robert McDowell
    Race: White
    Age: 25
    Birth Date: October 23, 1919
    Birth Place: Nashwauk, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Calumet, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: October 15, 1945 (after discharge)
    Employer: Unemployed
    Weight: 170
    Height: 5-8
    Complexion: Ruddy
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Blonde
    Other characteristic: Scar rt. cheek
    Next of Kin: Dorothy McDowell, sister, Calumet, Minnesota

    Newspaper article: The Iron News, Coleraine, MN – December 11, 1941 – ”Fate of Calumet-Marble Men Unknown – Three Western Mesaba Range boys are reported to have been at Pearl Harbor and Honolulu during Sunday’s Japanese onslaught in the Pacific. They are Robert McDowell, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. McDowell of Calumet, who was aboard the Oklahoma, reported sunk; John Cedarstrom of Marble, ensign stationed at Honolulu, a letter from whom was published last week in The Iron News; Herbert Hoshal of Calumet, Pearl Harbor; and Emil Shipka of Calumet, machinist mate on the U.S.S. Clark, a destroyer in the Pacific. Their fate is unknown until the Navy gives out the list of lost and rescued as a result of Sunday’s attack.”

    Newspaper article: The Iron News, Coleraine, MN – December 25, 1941 – “Robert McDowell has sent these words: “I am well.”


  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    John McDowell died in Shoreline, Washington and is buried in Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon (Section N, Site 1645).

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