Memory of Army CPL
John Clark McDowell
Corsica, South Dakota, Douglas
April 29, 1944 – January 9, 1968
Died as a result of wounds received on patrol duty in Long Khanh
Province, South Vietnam.
John Clark McDowell was born in Sisseton, South Dakota on
April 29, 1944, to Arthur D. and Caroline May (Sully) McDowell.
He had a half sister, Gloria Morrison. In 1952, after the death
of his grandparents, John went to live with Clarence L. and
Gertrude Menning in Corsica, South Dakota. John was active in
all areas of school, taking part in band, chorus, school plays,
and all sports. He graduated from Corsica High School, and
attended Southern State College in Springfield, South Dakota,
for one year. He was employed at the local IGA store as a young
man. John married Norma Mucky on May 28, 1966, and to this union
was born a son, Dion James.
John Clark McDowell enlisted in the Army National Guard on
April 7, 1965 at Platte, South Dakota. He took his basic
training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, A.I.T. schooling at
Fort Polk, Louisiana, and tank training at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
On April 13, 1967 Cpl. McDowell’s National Guard unit was put on
active duty status, and on the second of September 1, 1967 he
arrived in Vietnam.
On the 6th of January 1968, Cpl. John McDowell was “walking
point” on night patrol. They encountered hostile forces and he
was severely wounded in a firefight. Cpl. McDowell was taken to
the 24th Evacuation Hospital and died three days later.
Cpl. John Clark McDowell earned the Bronze Medal, the Purple
Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam campaign
ribbon, and the Combat Infantry Badge. Interment was in the
Corsica Cemetery, in Corsica, South Dakota. Cpl. John Clark
McDowell’s name can be found on Panel 34 E, Line 009 of the
Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
Kyla Fischer, 8th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort
Pierre, South Dakota respectfully submitted this entry on
January 18, 2006. Jamie McDowell, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, son
of Cpl. John Clark McDowell, provided the information.