North High School Wall of Honor
Guy Lamar Craig
Would have graduated in Class of June 1955
GED in 1955
Research done by Claradell Shedd, Class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
Guy Lamar Craig

Guy would have graduated in the June, 1955 North High class, but he left because of family emergency conditions. He enlisted in Omaha, Nebraska. His service number was 17402090. Guy's next of kin was listed as Mr. Herbert Leon Craig, 1036 22nd Street, Des Moines, IA.

Guy Lamar Craig
Year   Rank   Status
May, 1954-
x US Air Force x Serving in Yuma, AZ at Vincent Air Force Base
June, 1955   Would have Graduated   Guy had to leave North High early because of emergency conditions within the family...he had to work. Was in Home Room 311.
June, 1955 x Family x Living at 1036 22nd Street, Des Moines, IA
July, 1955 x Education x Earned GED
1955-on x Education x Math and accounting classes at Yuma High School. College-wise the same. Accounting, retail, and math courses at University of Omaha. Retail classes at NYU.
November 5, 1957 x US Air Force x Service Start Date on some paperwork
1957-1962 x US Air Force x 4750th Air Defense Group (Weapons) (ADC) at Vincent Air Force Base, Yuma, AZ. This was a Rocket Firing Training Center.
February 16, 1962 x US Air Force/Airman
First Class
x After Reserve (Inactive), discharged 02/16/62.
February 17,1962 x Family x Married Diane K. Brown from Omaha. Married in Omaha, NE. Graduate of Grinnell.
April 5, 1962 x US Air Force x Discharged at Vincent Air Force Base, Yuma, AZ
1958-1968 x Employment x Salesman, Buyer of traditional mens, Buyer Sportwear Furnishings. Vice-President and Merchandise Manager for Mens' Wear
1968-1972 x Employment x Mens Merchandise Manager, General Manager of South Division of Grodins of California headquartered in San Francisco, CA
1972-1976 x Employment x General Merchandise Manager and COO of Nebraska Clothing Company
1977-1978 x Employment x Wholesale rep for Damon Creations, Los Angeles, CA
1979-1988 x Employment x Sportwear buyer. Promoted to General Manager of Mountain States of Arizona, Nevada, and Utah by Hartmarx Corporation
1988-2000 x Employment x Partner and officer of St. Croix Shops in Nevada and Arizona
Aug, 2002 x Family x Retired from business and retail
Presently x Family x Living in Surprise, AZ.
4750th Air Defense Wing, Vincent Air Force Base, AZ
The 4750th Air Defense Wing is a discontinued United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 73d Air Division, Air Defense Command, (ADC) at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, where it was inactivated in 1960.

The wing was first organized as the 4750th Training Wing at Yuma County Airport in 1953, when ADC's gunnery training program expanded from a squadron sized unit to a wing. The wing conducted interceptor aircraft training for ADC at Yuma (later Vincent Air Force Base) until moving to MacDill in 1959. Shortly afterward, the wing was discontinued and the ADC training program transferred to another wing.

Yuma AFB was renamed on 13 October 1956 as Vincent Air Force Base, the installation was named for Brigadier General Clinton D. "Casey" Vincent, one of Major General Claire Chennault's top fighter leaders in the China-Burma Theater and the second youngest General Officer in U.S. Air Force history, receiving his star at the age of 29. Vincent was the subject of a TIME magazine article titled "Up Youth",[3] which covered the meteoric promotions of the Army and Air Force. Vincent was also an inspiration for the main character in the comic strip Terry and the Pirates. Vincent died of a heart attack in 1955 at the age of 40 while serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Air Defense Command (ADC) at Ent AFB, Colorado.

The 4750th Air Defense Wing was inactivated at Vincent AFB on 15 June 1959 and control of the base was passed over to the United States Navy. Nine days later the base was turned over to the United States Marine Corps. The base was renamed Marine Corps Air Station Yuma (Vincent Field) on July 20, 1962.

Vincent Air Force Base; Yuma, AZ
4750th Air Defense Maintenance Squadron; 1955
Vincent Air Force Base; Yuma, Arizona
Guy Lamar Craig
Basic Airman
US Air Force

US Air Force Seal

4750 Air Defense Wing

Guy Lamar Craig
US Air Force Insignia

Air Defense Command

Airman Basic

National Defense Service Medal

National Defense Service 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: Guy Lamar Craig's 1955 class page is:
2015: Living in Surprise, AZ..
Music: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
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