From the Shawano County Journal, 1942:
Anderson Dowling is commissioned ensign
    Anderson Magee Dowling, 25, son of Mrs. Arthur Bokel, 106 South Lafayette street, Shawano, Wisconsin, was commissioned
as an ensign in the United States Naval Reserve on Friday after four months of intensive study in the Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s school at Abbott Hall, on Northwestern University’s Chicago campus. He was one of 800 young men in the school’s first commissioning ceremony since America’s declaration of war against the Axis. Under the Navy’s expansion program, 14,000 more college graduates will be similarly trained and commissioned as junior officers during the next two years.
    Studies pursued at Abbott Hall, one of the Navy’s two reserve midshipmen’s schools, include seamanship, navigation and gunnery. Candidates for the two schools are selected from applicants between the ages of 19 and 28 who are unmarried and American citizens by birth. New regulations provide for the enlistment of third and fourth year college students for the V-7, or midshipman training program. Students enlisted under this plan will be deferred from active duty until they have completed their college education. All candidates must complete at least two semesters of college mathematics before qualifying for enlistment.
    The other reserve midshipmen’s school is aboard the U.S.S. Prairie State in New York City, where graduation exercises were also held on the same day. Graduates of the two schools have inspired the respect and confidence of old-line Navy officers in their performance of duty. Three Naval Reserve ensigns were commended by Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox for their bravery and resourcefulness following the Hapanese attack on Pearl Harbor. They were credited with taking a destroyer to sea in pursuit of the enemy after all senior officers on their ship had been killed of disabled.
    Ensign Dowling is a graduate of the Oshkosh State Teachers’ college, where he was a member of the varsity golf team and president of the student body.

From the May 28, 1942 Shawano County Journal:
Ensign A. Dowling to wed Two Rivers girl
    Mrs. Arthur Bokel accompanied by Miss Joyce Magee, of Two Rivers, left Sunday for Los Angeles, Calif., where the former’s son, Ensign Anderson Dowling, and Miss Magee will be married this week. Ensign Dowling, who is stationed on the President Hayes transport, will fly from San Diego, Calif., to Los Angeles. Ensign Dowling and his bride-to-be will make their home in San Diego, California. Mrs. Bokel will visit relatives there for some time.

From the June 4, 1942 Shawano County Journal:
Ensign Dowling takes bride in ceremony at Yuma, Arizona, May 27
    Ensign Anderson M. Dowling, son of Mrs. Arthur Bokel of this city, took Miss Joyce A. Magee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Magee of Two Rivers, as his bride at a church in Yuma, Arizona, last Wednesday.
    The bride wore a tailored suit of green gabardine with luggage tan accessories and an orchid corsage. Ensign Dowling wore his white naval uniform.
    The former Joyce Magee was a teacher in the public school at Wittenberg the past year, and Ensign Dowling is a graduate of the Naval Reserve at Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill., where he received his commission as ensign. He is now in active duty as assistant to the executive officer in command.
After spending several days at Palm Springs, Arizona, Ensign and Mrs. Dowling returned to San Diego, California.
    Young Mrs. Dowling is a relative of the Shawano and Angelica Magee families.
    Mrs. Bokel, besides Mrs. Claude Wayne and Mrs. Daniel Van Brunt, aunts of the groom, who reside in Los Angeles, and Mrs. Henry Krautter of Encinitas, California, cousin of the bride, were present for the ceremony.