North High School Wall of Honor
Richard Martin Andrews
Class of June, 1946
1946: Richard Martin Andrews
Research done by Claradell Shedd, Class of 1953.
Richard Martin Andrews
Dick enlisted in the Navy before he would have graduated from North High School in June, 1946. His service number was 3224452. Dick's next of kin was listed as Mr. and Mrs. Martin H. Andrews, 3122 Oxford Street, Des Moines, IA.

Photo at left is Dick's graduating class from boot training at the Memphis Naval Air Technical Training Command (NATTC), Millington, Tennessee. Dick in the back row, the second from the left end.
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Richard Martin Andrews
Year   Rank   Status
January 2, 1945 x Enlisted x Enlisted in the US Navy at the Old Federal Building in Des Moines.
June, 1945   Prospective   Would have graduated from North High School, Des Moines, IA, but ended up being awarded his diploma from North High effective June, 1946.
January, 1945 x US Naval Air Corps
Seaman 1C
x Boot training at Memphis Naval Air Technical Training Command (NATTC), Millington, Tennessee. Six weeks.
1945 x Training x USNAS, Melbourne, FL...Miami Air Gunnery/Operations, Miami, FL (Old Chicken Coop on 29th) combat aircrewman wearing gunnery patch. Aviation radiomans mate 3C
1945 x Training x Naval Aviation Operational Base, Jacksonville, FL. TBM (Torpedo Bomber) Received wings. Flying on Grumman TBF/TBM Avenger.
1945 x Training x Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland (Naval Air Systems Command)
1945 x Training x Olathe Naval Air Station, Kansas
December 28, 1945 x Family x Married to Maxine McIntyre, Class of January, 1945
July, 1946 x Naval Air Corps x US Naval Training Center, Bainbridge, Maryland
July 18, 1946 x Naval Air Corps/
x Discharged and mustered out at US Navy Separation Center, Bainbridge, Maryland.
July, 1946-48 x Drake University logo x Drake University; 1946-1948. Liberal Arts.
1949 x Employment x Harvest Bread Company (Ungles Baking Company on Center Street), Des Moines, IA. One year.
1950 x Employment x Colonial Bread at 2nd and University. One year
1951 x Employment x Hoover Vacuum Company. Salesman for years.
date x Employment x Hearing aid sales
1957-1990 x Employment x Iowa State Department of Health Disease Clinic at the Argonne Armory Building. 33 years.
1990-Present x Retirement x Playing golf. Spends Oct-April in Phoenix
Old Federal Building and Post Office, Des Moines left above: Enlisted at Old Federal
Building in Des Moines
left below: Grumman TBF Avenger
below: USNaval Air Station;
Jacksonville, FL
Grumman TBF Avenger US Naval Air Station; Jacksonville, FL
After boot camp at Memphis, TN Jacksonville, FL On leave from Patuxent River, MD
After boot camp at Memphis, TN Jacksonville, FL On leave from Patuxent River, MD
Drake logo Colonial Baking Company, Des Moines, IA
Drake University Harvest Baking Co., Des Moines Colonial Baking Co., Des Moines
Richard Martin Andrews
Radioman 3rd Class
US Navy Aviation
United States Naval Air Corps
US Navy Seal

Naval Reserve Center, Memphis, TN

US Naval Air Station; Patuxent River, MD
Navy Airman Apprentice

1945: Richard Martin Andrews

US Naval Training Center, Bainbridge, MD

Navy Airman Patch

Radioman 3rd Class

Navy Good Conduct Medal; American Theater/Campaign Medal   

Victory Medal; American Theater/Campaign
(1) Information was obtained from the Records on Military Personnel Who Died, were Missing in Action, or Prisoners of War as a result of the Vietnam War. This document can be found online at the National Archives and Records Administration at

(2) The comprehensive list of names from North High's 1893-2019 graduation classes are from Claradell Shedd's North Des Moines High School website. The names of North High School graduates can be found online at: Richard Martin Andrews's 1946 class page is:
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