North High School Wall of Honor
Robert Lee Hanley
Class of January, 1946
Research done by Claradell Shedd, Class of 1953.
Robert Lee Hanley

Bob graduated in the January, 1946 North High class. When he was 17, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserves in Des Moines, IA. Bob's next of kin was listed as Mr. John James Hanley, 4115 8th Street Place, Des Moines, IA. His service number was ____________.

Robert Lee Hanley
Year   Rank   Status
August 13, 1945 x Enlisted x Enlisted in the US Naval Reserve, Des Moines, IA.
September, 1945 x Broke his leg. x When Bob was 17, enlisted in US Navy in Des Moines, IA under Voluntary Recruitment Act. Bob had broken his leg playing football, so the Navy didn't want him on active duty until his leg was healed, so they let him finish school..
January,1946 x Graduated x Graduated from North High School, Des Moins, IA.
January, 1946-
January, 1947
x US Navy/Seaman 1st Class x Basic Training at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, IL.
January, 1947 x US Navy/Discharged x Discharged at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, IL
Fall, 1947   x Iowa State College, Ames, IA; engineering
December 20, 1947 x Family x Married Barbara Jean Downs, Class of June, 1946, at Highland Park Presbyterian Church.
1948-1950 x x Drake University; Graduated with BS in Business Administration
1950-1951 x Employment x Working for a state senator in Greeley, CO. Received 10 days' notice to report for US Navy (Korea)
1951 x Enroute x Greeley, CO to Los Angeles, CA. Naval duty never materialized
x x Sterling Electric Motors, Los Angeles, CA. Application engineer
1959-1964 x Employment x District Manager for Sterling Electric Motors, San Francisco, CA. Five years.
1964-1985 x Employment x Established my own sales engineering firm, Hanley Brewton and Associates; Hayward, CA
1985-Present x Retired x Belmont, CA
Additional photos/graphics to be added as received from Robert Lee Hanley.
Robert Lee Hanley
Seaman 1st Class
United States Navy
US Navy Seal

US Navy Insignia

Seaman 1st Class; E3

WWII Victory Medal

Victory 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: Robert Lee Hanley's 1946 class page is:
09/04/11. Living in Belmont, CA.
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