Roy Scow was born July 1896 in Manhattan, Montana, on his family’s homestead. Prior to joining the Army, he worked for the railroad on steam locomotives and even planned to return to his job after the war.
He enlisted in the Army in June 1917 and served with the 163rd Infantry Regiment in France. While fighting, an exploding German shell landed right in front of Scow. The blast from the impact caused him to have a concussion and lose his hearing. Despite his injuries, he returned to duty and discharged in August 1919.
Scow received a Silver Star, a Purple Heart and the French Medal of Honor. He returned to the railroad but was eventually let go of due to his hearing problems. He went on to train as a shoemaker and opened his own shoe shop in Manhattan.
After the war, Scow continued to stay active in Veteran associations and joined the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He married and went on to have nine children.
He passed away at 107 in April 2004. Scow’s interview with the Veteran’s History Project is at http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.00923/.
We honor his service.
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This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.
Editor: Ashley Levi