Farm Bureau veteran remembered on Veterans DayJordan Valley--Farm Bureau member Bill Lowry, 94 served in the US Army Combat Engineers during World War II. Lowry served on Ascenion Island from 1942-45 building an airbase.
The Island is located halfway between Africa and South America in the Atlantic, below the equater. Lowry's unit won the Bronze Star. He returned back to ranching after the war, moved to Jordan Valley in 1966, ranched and joined Farm Bureau and been a member ever since.
"I was drafted in early 1942, I turned 21 6th of June 1941, I was already registered when they bombed Pearl Harbor, I was drafted in '42 and did basic at Fort Lewis in Washington. We built that big airbase on Ascension Island. It was a main stopping off point for all bomber and fighters flying to Southern Europe and Africa," said Lowry.
It bothers Lowry that politicians took an oath of office and sent so many young men off to war. "We took an oath, politicians took the oath, yet many boys died or were wounded and not a single political faced gunfire, It burns me and I'm bitter to this day," he said. Lowry says many never made it home