North High School Wall of Honor
Wilbur Rodney Carter, Jr.
Class of June, 1951
Research done by Claradell Shedd, Class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
Wilbur Rodney Carter, Jr.

Wilbur graduated in the June, 1951 North High class.. He enlisted into the US Army at the KRNT Recruiting Office in Des Moines, IA. His service number was_________. Wilbur's next of kin was listed as Mr. and Mrs. W. Carter, 1114 12th Street, Des Moines, IA.

Wilbur Rodney Carter, Jr.
Year   Rank   Status
June, 1951   Graduated   Graduated from North High School, Des Moines, IA.
1951-1954 x Employed x Candy distributor and Life Insurance company in Des Moines, Iowa
March 15, 1954 x Enlisted in
US Army
x Enlisted in US Army at KRNT Recruiting Station, Des Moines, IA.
1954 x Basic Training x Fort Leonard Wood, MO. 16 weeks.
1954 x Engineer Training x Fort Belvoir, VA. 16 weeks.
1954-1956 x Stationed x Headquarters and Service, 39th Construction Engineers. Karlsruhe, Germany.
x US Army/
Spec 3rdClass

Sent to Clerk/Typist School in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

x US Army/
Spec 3rdClass
x Headquarters and Service, 39th Construction Engineers. Karlsruhe, Germany.
March, 1956 x Enroute x Germany to New York
March 29, 1956 x US Army/
Discharged/Spec 3rd C
x Discharged at Fort Sheridan, IL
1956 x Enroute x Fort Sheridan, IL to Des Moines, IA
1956 x Employment x Iowa Power and Light Company
Dec.,1956 x Enroute x Iowa to California (Los Angeles).
1957 x Family x Married in California to Valaita Burrell (East High School, DM)
1957 x Employment x US Post Office, Los Angeles
Late 1962 x Employment x Los Angeles City School Board
1963-1989 x Employment x Los Angeles Police Department; Venice Division; then it became Pacific Division. 22 years on motorcycle in Traffic Division.
1990-Present x Retired/Civilian x Bear Valley Springs, Tehachapi, CA
*84th Combat Engineers
In 1950 the Battalion deployed to Korea in support of the United Nations Forces. The 84th participated in all ten campaigns of the Korean Conflict, and it was there that the I Corps Commander, Lt.General John W. "Iron Mike" O'Daniel, gave the 84th the nickname: "Conquerors of the Imjin".

The 84th EBC, now designated The 84th Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Heavy), traces its roots in the Pacific to the Korean War. It was during Korea that the words "Never Daunted" were adopted as the unit motto. This was the sobriquet used by South Korean President Syngman Rhee to characterize the battalion's performance as he presented the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation to the unit for bridging the lmjin River.
Ft. Leonard Wood post card Ft. Belvoir post card
Ft. Belvoir, VA
Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
Basic Training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
Wilbur Rodney Carter, Jr.
Spec 3rd Class
39th Engineer Construction Batallion
United States Army

US Army Seal

US Army Corps of Engineers

84th Combat Engineers

Photo of
Wilbur Carter

coming: Wilbur Carter
USAF in Europe

Good Conduct Medal
(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 1893-2018 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: Wilbur Rodney Carter's 1951 class page is:
01/03/11. Lives in CA.
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