"After exhaustive search it has been found impossible to locate your son Lowell Earl Valley, fireman second class, United States Navy, and he has therefore been officially declared to have lost his life in the service of his country as of December 7th, 1941. The department expresses to you its sincere sympathy. Rear Admiral Randall Jacobs Chief of Bureau of Navigation."
Lowell Valley was born in Ontonagon July 20, 1922. He graduated from Ontonagon High School with the class of 1941. In October of the same year he enlisted in the United States Navy.