North High School Wall of Honor
Edward Oran Lang
Class of June, 1957
Edward Oran Lang
Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
Edward Oran Lang
Ed graduated from North High in June, 1957. Enlisted in the US Navy in Des Moines, IA. At the time of his enlistment, he was single with no dependents. At the time, his next of kin was Mrs. and Mrs.Oran Edward Lang, 4140 11th Street, Des Moines, IA. His service number is 9736671.
Ed's duty was in the US Navy, serving in ______. (as outlined below)
photo of Ed photo of Ed
Ed Lang during service in field Ed Lang during service in field
Edward Oran Lang
Year   Rank   Status
June, 1957   x   Graduated from North High, Des Moines, IA
date   US Navy/Rank   Enlisted in Des Moines, IA.
June, 1957 x US Navy x Train to Great Lakes, IL for boot training. Seaman Apprentice/2 stripes
August, 1957 x US Navy x Bus to Norfolk, VA for Radio School. Walked to pier and saw the USS Iowa and USS Des Moines (cruiser)
1958 x US Navy x 6th Fleet in Norfolk, VA.
August, 1961 x US Navy/2nd Class
x Discharged in Newport, RI. USS Mills DER-383. Radar picket ship. From Newport RI in picket line to UK. Radar detection across Atlantic. Radioed aircraft somewhere in South Carolina, to NORAD in Colorado Springs for site detection.
Ausut, 1961 x Traveling x Hitchhiked back to Des Moines, IA. Took a week.
September 1, 1962 x Family x Married Linda Lou Wallace (NHS, 1959) at St Theresa's Catholic Church.
1978 x x x Transfered with Eastman Kodak from Des Moines to Michigan
1999 x Employment x In film processing, Iowa Film Finishing, Des Moines, IA. 6th and High, Des Moines, IA. Fox Photo, San Antonio, TX, and then retired from Eastman Kodak, Rochester, NY for 41 years.
aft 1999 x Retirement x In Michigan
USSMills (DER-383)
After installation of additional radar and electronic equipment and enlargement of her superstructure at Boston Naval Shipyard, Mills was reclassified DER-383 and recommissioned 3 October 1957, Lt. Comdr. Joseph E. Feaster in command. Assigned as a radar picket of the North American Continental Air Defense System to deter surprise attack by locating and reporting aircraft headed toward North America, Mills sailed 3 April 1958 from Newport, Rhode Island, for Argentia, Newfoundland, to begin her first picket. She made 17 subsequent 3 to 4 week pickets on the barrier stretching from Newfoundland to the Azores through 28 July 1961, as well as one off the southeast coast of the United States. Between 28 August 1961 and the end of 1963, Mills served primarily on the new Greenland-Iceland-United Kingdom Barrier designed to extend protection to the NATO allies.
USS Mills (DER-383)
USS Mills (DER-383) Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon
Second Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal; China Service Medal; American Campaign Medal
Third Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star;
World War II Victory Medal
Fourth Row: National Defense Service Medal; Antarctica Service Ribbon; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Photo of Ed in uniform

US Navy Seal

USS Mills (DER-383)
Edward Oran Lang
Seaman Apprentice
US Navy
Edward Oran Lang

Medals/Badges Conferred
USS Mills (DER-383) insignia

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 Edward Oran Lang's class page can be viewed at
06/09/17. Residing in Michigan.
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