North High School Wall of Honor
William Gene DuVall
Received diploma for Class of June, 1946
Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
William Gene Duvall
Bill was in the June, 1946 graduating class. At the time, his next of kin was Mr. and Mrs. Frank Duvall, 2013 Clark Street, Des Moines, IA. His service number is __________.
William Gene Duvall
Year   Rank   Status
August 15, 1943 x US Army
Air Corps
x Drafted. Processing at Camp Dodge, IA
1943 x US Air Force x Basic training in Miami, FL
1943 x US Air Force x Training in Sioux Falls, SD as radioman and radar mechanic
1943   US Air Force x Training at Air Force-based school by University of Wisconsin; Truax Field, Madison, WI
1943   US Air Force x Electronic school at University of Illinois; Urbana, IL
1943-1944 x US Air Force x Radar training school; Boca Raton, FL. Training in jungle techniques. Training in radar section.
abt 1944 x US Air Force x Cold weather training at Watertown Regional Airport, Watertown, SD
October 17, 1944 x US Air Force x Ladd Air Force Base; Fairbanks, AK
Spring, 1945 x US Air Force x More cold weather training at Watertown Regional Airport, Watertown, SD
Fall, 1945 x US Air Force/
x Cold Weather Test Group; Ladd Air Force Base; Fairbanks, AK. Radio/radarman
Spring,1946 x US Air Force x Discharged at St. Louis, MO
1946 x US Air Force x Rode in car with buddy to Creston, IA
1946 x Personal x Went back to North High and received diploma as having graduated with June, 1946 class
1946-1948 x x Drake University, Des Moines, IA
1948-1962 x Employment x Solar Aircraft, Des Moines, IA. 14 years
1962-1963 x x John Deere, Ankeny, IA
1963-1980 x Employment x US Post Office; Des Moines, IA. Various locations including Des Moines Main Post Office and Beaverdale Branch
1980-Present x Retired x Living in IA
*Hungnam, Korea Evacuation; December 24, 1950
Generally described as an "amphibious operation in reverse", the evacuation of Hungnam encompassed the safe withdrawal of the bulk of UN forces in eastern North Korea. It was the largest sealift since the 1945 Okinawa operation. In barely two weeks, over a hundred-thousand military personnel, 17,500 vehicles and 350,000 measurement tons of cargo were pulled out. In comparison with the retreat in central and western Korea, little was left behind. Even broken-down vehicles were loaded and lifted out. Also departing North Korea through Hungnam were some 91,000 refugees, a large number, but not nearly as many as had gathered to leave.
Fort Lewis, WA left: Fort Lewis, WA
left below: Fort Snelling, MN
left below: Fort McClellan, AL
left below: Fort Benning, GA
below: Fort Bragg, NC
Fort Hood, TX
Camp Carson, CO
Right photo: Fort Benning;46-47
Fort Snelling, MN Fort Bragg, NC
Fort McClellan, AL Fort Hood, TX
Fort Benning, GA Camp Carson, CO
Sasebo, Japan photo photo photo
Sasebo, Japan February 17, 1951:
3rd Infantry at Imjin River
46-47: Fort Benning 1951: Pass in capital of Korea
Hungnam Evacuation; December 24, 1950 USS Begor; December 24, 1950
Hungnam Evacuation; December 24, 1950 USS Begor (Gray Ghost of the Korean Coast); APD-127

US Air Force Insignia

William Gene Duvall
US Air Force

Photo of William Gene Duvall coming

Coming: medals/ribbons for William Gene Duvall
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 William Gene Duvall's 1946 class page can be viewed at
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