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John "Jack" Geisler Stowell

Born February 3, 1921, Ontario, OR
Died March 1, 1942, Ship sunk by Japanese in Java Sea
Service Branch Navy
Rank Seaman First Class
Rating or Job Bugler for Admiral's Staff
Unit USS Pillsbury, DD 227
Campaign Pacific Asiatic Fleet, WWII
Military Citations Purple Heart
Family Parents:   Mr & Mrs Frank Stowell, Yankee Hill, CA (deceased)


Brother:  Frank Stowell, Oroville, CA

Sister-In-Law:   Gerda Jones Stowell, Oroville, CAFrank & Gerda Stowell



Jack graduated from Colusa High School, 1938

He lived with his brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Gerda, in Oroville before enlisting in the Navy in 1938.

Fished the Feather River with his brother.


Service # 3759786

Entered the Service from: California
Died: 25-Nov-45 (Officially declared dead)
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines

Frank Stowell

Jack's brother, Frank Stowell, with a wife and two children at home, enlisted in the Navy after Jack was killed in action. Frank served aboard the destroyer, USS Isherwood, DD 520. Frank survived a kamikaze attack on his ship near Okinawa and was awarded a Purple Heart and Silver Star for his efforts in helping the ship's doctor to administer aid to his shipmates in the aftermath.


Sources Frank Stowell
Jan Stowell Fridrich