North High School Wall of Honor
James Robert Carson
Class of June, 1946
Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953.
James Robert Carson
Jim graduated from North High in June, 1946. At the time, his next of kin was Mr. W.F. Carson, 1714 Harding Road, Des Moines, IA. His service number is 55067934.
James Robert Carson
Year   Rank   Status
June, 1946   Graduated x Graduated from North High, Des Moines, IA
1946-1951   Employed x Meredith Publishing Company, Des Moines, IA
January 11, 1951 x Drafted/US Army x Drafted at Recruiting Office, KRNT Theater, Des Moines, IA.
July 4, 1952
x US Army x Basic Training at Fort Riley, KS. 17 months. *24th Infantry Division
June 15, 1952 x Married x To Mary Joyce _____ in Des Moines, IA
July 4, 1952 x Enroute x Train from Fort Riley, KS to San Francisco, CA. Then by transport ship **USS William F. Hase (AP-146) to Japan.
December, 1952 x Stationed x Yokohama, Japan to Camp Fuji at the base of Mount Fuji (***South Camp). Four months. 24th Infantry Division.
December, 1952   Enroute x From Japan to US.
1952 x Enroute x Japan to ? via troop ship.
Dec.,1952 x Discharged/PFC x Train from ? to Camp Carson, CO.
Dec., 1952 Enroute x Train from Camp Carson, CO to Des Moines, IA
1952-1987 x Employed x Meredith Publishing Company, Des Moines, IA
1987 x Retired x Moved from Des Moines, IA to CO.
x Retired x Living in CO.
*24th Infantry Divison
The 24th Infantry Division was initially activated in the Regular Army at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on 1 March 1921 as the Hawaiian Division. Unlike most divisions in the continental United States, the 24th was concentrated on one post during the interwar years, which enabled it to conduct more effective combined arms training. It was also manned at higher levels than other divisions, and its field artillery was the first to be motorized. With the threat of war in 1941, elements of the Hawaiian Division were reorganized as the 24th and 25th Infantry Divisions, and the Headquarters of the Hawaiian Division was redesignated as Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division.

Among the first divisions to see combat in World War II, the 24th sustained minor casualties when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. The division was charged with the defense of northern Oahu, where it built an elaborate system of coastal defenses. In May 1943 the division was alerted for movement to Australia and by September of that year, it had deployed to Camp Caves, near Rockhampton on the eastern coast of Australia. The 24th was part of the assault forces that landed on Dutch New Guinea, where it fought its way to the Hollandia airfield. After occupation duty in the Hollandia area, the division was among the assault forces on Leyte. From there the division went to Luzon and eventually formed an element of the assault forces in the Southern Philippines. During World War II the division adopted its nickname, "Victory Division." After serving in five campaigns and being decorated by the Philippine government, the 24th left Mindanao on 15 October 1945 for occupation duty in Japan.

When the North Koreans attacked South Korea in June 1950, elements of the 24th Infantry Division were the first to arrive in Korea, where they fought a delaying action against overwhelming odds. The delay permitted the United Nations to build up its forces near Pusan, and the division was awarded the Presidential Citation (Army) for its actions. Over the next nineteen months the division fought in seven campaigns and was twice decorated by the Republic of Korea. In February 1952 the "Victory Division" returned to Japan where it served as part of the Far East reserve. In July 1953 the division went back to Korea to restore order in prisoner of war camps. The following year the division returned to Japan, where it served until February 1955. At that time the 24th deployed to Korea for another tour of duty.

When the United States reduced and realigned its divisions in the Far East in 1957, the 24th left Korea, eventually replacing the 11th Airborne Division in Germany. While in Germany, in addition to its standard infantry mission, the 24th fielded airborne units for about two years. The division remained in Germany until 1969 when it redeployed to Fort Riley, Kansas, as part of the REFORGER (Return of Forces to Germany) program. As the Army withdrew from Vietnam and reduced its forces, the "Victory Division" was inactivated in April 1970 at Fort Riley.

**USS General William F. Hase (AP-146)
She was reacquired by the Navy 1 March 1950 and assigned to duty with MSTS. Manned by a civilian crew, she operated out of San Francisco, carrying more than 75,000 troops and their combat cargo to the Far East in support of the Korean War. Between 1950 and 1953 she made 19 round-trip voyages to Japan and Korea, and she returned to San Francisco from her final Far East deployment 29 August 1953. Towed to San Diego in June 1954, she was placed out of service in reserve in July and remained inactive until returned to the Maritime Administration 8 January 1960. She was berthed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, California until 1969, at which time she was sold private. The ship was scrapped in Taiwan in 1985.

General W. F. Hase received eight battle stars for Korean war service.

***Mount Fuji, South Camp, Japan
The area around the base of Mount Fuji has been associated with the military since medieval times. The samurai of the Kamakura Shogunate conducted military training in this area in the 15th century. In the modern era, the large East Fuji Maneuver Area was established by the Imperial Japanese Army as a training facility, and several training bases were established in the area. After the surrender of Japan at the end of World War II, these bases were occupied by the United States Army, and were designated “Camp Fuji McNair”, “North Camp”, “Middle Camp”, and “South Camp”. Half of “North Camp” was turned over to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) in 1953, with the other half (across the street from present-day Camp Fuji) was eventually turned over the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) where it is now JGSDF Camp Takigahara.

Basic Training, Fort Riley, KS
Basic Training at
Fort Riley, KS;
USS William F. Hase from Sam Francisco to Japan
**USS General William F. Hase (AP-146)

US Army Seal

24th Infantry Division

James Robert Carson
Tank Company M
34th Infantry; 24th Division
US Army

Infantry Insignia

photo of
James Robet Carson in uniform

The comprehensive list of names from North High's 1893-2018 graduation classes are from Claradell Shedd's North Des Moines High School website. The names of all North High School graduates can be found online at James Robert Carson's 1946 class page can be viewed at
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