Howard J. Lowry

Howard J. Lowry of Colfax has been promoted from Lieutenant Colonel to Colonel in North Africa, where he is serving at American Army Headquarters.

Colonel Lowry, son of Mrs. Mae Lowry of Colfax, was born in Colfax and was graduated from high school there. He enlisted in the Army in 1916, served through the  World War; was commissioned as an officer in the Infantry. He retained a commission in the Reserve Corps, while practicing as an attorney in Madison in the firm of Lowry, Beggs and Dawson, after the first war, and was called into active service shortly before the outbreak of the present war.

He has three brothers in Eau Claire, Warren, a member of the police force, and Truman and Norman, guards at the Western Electric Plant.

British and Americans Work as Single Unit, Lowry Says
Lieutenant Colonel Howard J. Lowry left Eau Claire Friday  evening, after spending a week here with his mother, Mrs. Mae Lowry, 212 Platt Street.  

He has three brothers living in Eau Claire: T. R. Lowry, 212 Platt Street; Norman Lowry and Warren Lowry. Lieutenant Colonel Lowry formerly lived in Colfax. 

He will report to Washington and expects to return overseas. The following article about Lieutenant Colonel Lowry was taken from the Wisconsin State Journal, Madison paper:

"Co-operation and better understanding between the Americans and the British is one of the most valuable results of the combined operations staffs in the European and Mediterranean areas. Lieutenant Colonel Howard J. Lowry, former local lawyer and lately a liaison officer with the French forces, declared here, Saturday.

"Lieutenant Colonel Lowry returned to Madison last week for a short visit with Lyall T. Beggs, his law partner in the firm of Lowry, Beggs, and Dawson. He was recalled to this country by the serious illness of his wife, who died in California last week. 

"In the Armed Forces since 1940, Lieutenant Colonel Lowry was overseas for 16 months, took part in the Tunisian Campaign, as the only American officer assigned to the French Army Corps, went through two air attacks and numerous alerts, and once had his headquarters building blown up by a German landmine. 

"He had high praise for the way American and British officers were able to weld their totally different staff systems into a single working unit which he termed the 'crowning achievement' of co-operation.

"'We are learning to understand and appreciate each other,' he pointed out. 'This understanding will be extremely valuable in future relations.'

Received Citation 
"For his work with the French forces, Lieutenant Colonel Lowry received a citation from General Louis Koeltz, Commander of the French Corps, and the Croix de Guerre with Vermilion Star. He also holds a citation from General Giraud's Headquarters, expressing the French government's appreciation for his help in securing equipment for the corps.  

"Lieutenant Colonel Lowry explained that his work with the French consisted mainly of advising the corps staff officers on use of American equipment, helping them to secure more materials, and promoting cooperation. 

"Later, he was assigned to liaison work, he explained. 

"'I was proud to serve with the French troops,' he declared. 'They are superb fighters and never failed to do what they were assigned.' 

"During the Tunisian Campaign, he was often at the fighting fronts, Lieutenant Colonel Lowry said. 

"Once, a delayed action land mine exploded and blew up the headquarters building where he worked, he recalled. 

"'I was covered with plaster,' he said. 

"The closest he came to being killed was not near any battle front but after the close of the Tunisian Campaign when he and a soldier were riding in a jeep along a deserted road. 

"'We were driving along, when suddenly shell fragments exploded all around us,' he related. 'We made a dive for the nearest ditch, thinking we had run into a column of Germans. Later, we found that a German ammunition dump had gone off in an orange grove at the side of the road. We lay flat in the thistles for an hour and a half, until things quieted down a bit and we could get away.' 

"In addition to the French decoration, Lieutenant Colonel  Lowry has the Purple Heart, won for wounds received in the First World War when he served overseas, and several campaign ribbons of this and the last war."