|courtesy of Debbie Hamilton|
When drafted in April 1943, James was working as a truck driver as well and he had only completed 3 years of high school. James went overseas in 1944 and was transferred from the replacement depot to L Company 116th Infantry on 3 Sep 1944. He suffered a non-battle injury on 12 Sep 1944 and had to be evacuated to the hospital. He returned from the hospital on 21 Sep 1944. On 5 Oct 1944 PFC Dowell was killed in action.
PFC Dowell was repatriated and is buried in West Creek Cemetery in West Creek, New Jersey.