North High School Wall of Honor
John Irvine Dick-Peddie
Class of June, 1949
John Irvine Dick-Peddie
Research done by Claradell Shedd, Class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
John Irvine Dick-Peddie

John graduated in the June, 1949 North High class. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1955 at the Macon, GA Recruiting Station. His service number was 602520. John's next of kin was listed as his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Scott Dick-Peddie, 1302 Harrison Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.

John Irvine Dick-Peddie
Year   Rank   Status
June, 1949   Graduated   Graduated from North High School, Des Moines, IA.
1949-1953 x Student/Graduated x Iowa State College, Ames, IA. Mechanical Engineering.
1953-1955 x Employed x Dupont Company; Aiken, SC;
Atomic Energy Commission/ Savannah River Plant
June, 1955 x Enlisted/USNR x Processed at Macon, GA Recruiting Station (engineer)
November, 1955 x USNR/Ensign, CEC x OCS; Newport, RI
Commissioned as Ensign,
Civil Engineer Corps, USNR.
Nov., 1955-
Jan., 1956
x USNR/Ensign, CEC x Civil Engineer Corps Officers' School;
Port Hueneme, CA
Feb. 1956-
Nov., 1957
x USNR/Lt.j.g., CEC x Naval Auxiliary Air Station; Milton, FL.
(Public Works)
November, 1957-
September, 1958
x USNR/Lt.j.g., CEC x Naval Advisory Group, ROK Navy; Seoul and Chinhae, Korea.
September, 1958-
June, 1959
x USNR/Lt.j.g., CEC x *Discharged from active duty. Entered California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA for master's degree.
January, 1960 x Re-entered Active Duty;
US Navy/Lt.
x Six months in Minneapolis, MN.
January, 1960-
February, 1962
x US Navy/Lt., CEC x District Public Works Office,
5th Naval District, Norfolk, VA
Jan., 1962-
March, 1965
x US Navy/Lt., CEC x

Public Works Officer;
Naval Air Facility, Naples, Italy.

Nov., 1968
xx US Navy/Lt.Commander, CEC x x White House Civil Engineer;
The White House,
Washington, D.C.
Nov., 1968-
July, 1970
x US Navy/Commander; CEC x *Omega Navigation System;
Washington, D.C.
*OMEGA was originally developed by the United States Navy for military aviation users. It was approved for development in 1968 with only eight transmitters and the ability to achieve a four mile (6 km) accuracy when fixing a position. Each Omega station transmitted a very low frequency signal which consisted of a pattern of four tones unique to the station that was repeated every ten seconds. Because of this and radionavigation principles, an accurate fix of the receiver's position could be calculated. OMEGA employed hyperbolic radio navigation techniques and the chain operated in the VLF portion of the spectrum between 10 to 14 kHz. Near its end, it evolved into a system used primarily by the civil community. By receiving signals from three stations, an Omega receiver could locate a position to within 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) using the principle of phase comparison of signals.
July, 1970-
July, 1971
x US Navy/Commander, CEC x Asst. for Engineering,
Officer in Charge of Construction,
Saigon, Vietnam
(Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
July, 1971-
June, 1974
x US Navy/Commander, CEC x Deputy Officer in Charge of Construction;
Manila, Philippines
June, 1974-
March, 1977
x US Navy/Commander, CEC x 2-1/2 years in San Franciso.
Western Division,
Naval Faciliies Engineering Command (NAVFAC)
March, 1977-
June, 1979
x US Navy/Captain x Officer in Charge of Construction,
*Elk Hills Naval Petroleum Reserve, CA
*The Elk Hills Oil Field (formerly the Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 1) is a large oil field in northwestern Kern County, in the Elk Hills of the San Joaquin Valley, California in the United States, about twenty miles (32 km) west of Bakersfield. Discovered in 1911, and having a cumulative production of close to 1.3 billion barrels (210,000 dam³) of oil at the end of 2006, it is the fifth-largest oil field in California, and the seventh-most productive field in the United States. Its estimated remaining reserves, as of the end of 2006, were around 107 million barrels (17,000 dam), and it had 2,387 active oil-producing wells. It is by an order of magnitude the largest natural gas-producing oil field in California, having produced over 2 trillion cubic feet (57 km3) of gas since its discovery, and retaining over 700 billion cubic feet (20,000,000 dam³) in reserve.
June, 1979-
Oct., 1981
x US Navy/Captain, CEC x Deputy Commander ,
Naval Facilities Engineering, Washington, D.C.
Oct., 1981 x Retired; US Navy/Captain x Retired from active duty; October 1, 1981. Washington, D.C.
December, 1981-
November, 1985
x New Career/
x San Francisco, CA;
Standard Oil of Ohio (now BP).
Prudhoe Bay Engineering and Construction (AK)
Nov., 1985-
January, 1995
x Retired, 1995 x Anchorage, AK. Retired from BP after 13 years.
September, 2004
x US Navy/Captain (Retired) x For many years, spent winters in San Francisco and summers in Anchorage. Back to living in the California house we had acquired back in 1974.
Receiving Line w/President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson
White House Reception; June, 1966
John Irvine Dick-Peddie
Civil Engineer Corps
United States Navy

US Navy Seal

US Naval Facilities Eng'g Cmd (NAVFAC)
Civil Engineer Corps
Navy Captain Insignia

Navy Officer Cap Device

Navy; Captain, Civil Engineer Corps
Legion of Merit w/Gold Star in leiu of second award; Bronze Star with combat "V" for Valor; Top: White House Service Badge; Bottom; Command Ashore Badge; Meritorious Service with Gold Star; Navy Commendation Medal
Vietnam Civic Action; Vietnam Gallantry Cross; National Defense Medal; Vietnam Service; Vietnam Campaign

Legion of Merit with Gold Star in lieu of Second Award; Bronze Star
with Combat "V" (valor); (top) White House Service Badge;
(bottom) Command Ashore Badge; Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star;
Navy Commendation Medal; Vietnam Civic Action;
Vietnam Gallantry Cross; National Defense Medal;
Vietnam Service; Vietnam 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 1893-2018 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: John Irvine Dick-Peddie's 1949 class page is:
05/24/10: Currently living in Foster City, CA.
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