North High School Wall of Honor
Alan James McGregor
Graduated in Class of June, 1946 (Bremerton, WA)
Two years with 1946 North High class
high school age
Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
Alan James McGregor
Alan enlisted in August, 1946 after graduating from North High in June, 1946. At the time, his next of kin were Mr. and Mrs.__________, approximately School and Keosauqua, Des Moines, IA. His service number was 56245377.
Alan James McGregor
Year   Rank   Status
1945 x Relocated x Spent two years with 1946 graduating class, but had to relocate and graduate from Bremerton, WA High School
June, 1946 x Graduation x Graduated from Bremerton High School, Bremerton, WA.
Fall, 1946-
x x University of California, Berkeley, CA. Undergraduate degree. Five years. Then graduate teaching
January, 1952 x Schooling x Finished student teaching and became regular employee of the Berkeley Public School system
January, 1952-
June, 1954
x Employment x Teaching in Berkeley Public School System - Elementary School
July 12, 1954   US Army x Drafted in US Army in Berkeley, CA; Infantry
June, 1954   US Army x Basic training at Fort Ord, CA. Eight weeks. Second eight weeks of training was in their Administration School.
New Year's, 1954
x US Army x Fort Lewis, WA. Three weeks
January, 1955 x US Army x Troop transport from Seattle, WA to Yokahama, Japan/Seoul, Korea via *USNS General John Pope (T-AP-110)
1955 x US Army x Train to Pusan, Korea. 503rd Engineers. Six months.
1955 x US Army x North to area just north of 38th Parallel. **7th Infantry Division; 17th Infantry Regiment (Buffalo Regiment). Office work during the day; once a month had to go out into the field for maneuvers
January, 1955-
May, 1956
x x ***Chorwon, Korea. A general truce prevailed while I was stationed there.
May, 1956 x US Army x Seoul/Inchon, Korea to**** Oakland Army Base (Oakland Army Terminal), San Francisco, CA via troop transport.
May 9, 1956 x US Army/SP3(T) x Oakland Army Base. Discharged.
May, 1956-
June, 1956
x Leisure x Visited mother in Southern California. Pleasure trip to Mexico
June, 1958
x Employment x Returned to former position with the Berkeley Public School System. Longfellow Elementary. Taught 4th graders all subjects. Met future wife who was also teaching at Longfellow Elementary.
June, 1958 x Family x Married Rowena.
June, 1958-1967 x Employment x Vice Principal at Longfellow Elementary. One year.
Principal at Longfellow Elementary, Berkeley. Eight years.
1967-1986 x Employment x Principal at Cragmont Elementary, Berkeley. Eight years.
Principal at Oxford Elementary, Berkeley. Six years.
Principal at Berkeley Adult School. Four years.
1986 x Retired x Approached by a local college to supervise student teaching (parttime)
1986-Present x Employment x Continue with local college association in supervising student teaching
Present x Location x Living in CA
*USNS General John Pope (T-AP-110) - San Francisco to Korea
USNS General John Pope Call Sign USNS General John Pope (T-AP-110)
Call Sign
N - C - E - L
*USNS General John Pope; T-AP-110 Awards, Citations, and Campaign Ribbons
USNS General John Pope Campaign Ribbons
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal
Third Row: Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp); National Defense Service Medal (2); Korean Service Medal (6)
Fourth Row: Vietnam Service Medal; United Nations Service Medal; Republic of Korea War Service Medal
*USNS General John Pope (T-AP-110)
After shakedown General John Pope sailed for Newport News 5 September 1943 with over 6,000 troops and civilians bound for Greenock, Scotland; and, after disembarking her passengers there, returned to Norfolk, Virginia 25 September. From 6 October to 19 November she made a troop-carrying voyage to Brisbane, Australia; and, after touching Townsville and Milne Bay, put in at San Francisco on the latter date. Underway again 10 December with over 5,000 troops for the Pacific fighting, General John Pope debarked them at Noumea 23 December and returned via Pago Pago to San Francisco 10 January 1944 with 2,500 veterans.

In the months that followed, General John Pope sailed in support of the giant amphibious offensive on New Guinea's northern coast, spearheaded by Rear Admiral Barbey's famed VII Amphibious Force. On a 3 month round-trip voyage out of San Francisco, beginning 23 January, she took troops to Guadalcanal, Auckland, and Noumea, and brought 1,300 men back to San Francisco 9 March. General John Pope then embarked another full complement of troops, including the 1st Filipino Infantry Regiment, and sailed 6 April for Noumea and Oro Bay, New Guinea.

The spring of 1945 saw a round-trip troop-carrying voyage begin in San Francisco 26 March, which took her to Manila, Leyte, and Biak before returning 21 May. General John Pope next stood out from the Golden Gate once more 2 June 1945, this time bound for Marseilles, where 5,242 troops were embarked and taken to Manila.

Reinstated on the Navy List 20 July 1950, General John Pope was assigned to MSTS 1 August. During the Korean War she carried American troops to Japan and Korea to take part in the giant effort to hold back the Communist invasion. Following the war, General John Pope continued to sail to Japanese and Korean ports on troop rotation duties, finally being placed in reduced operational status at Seattle 14 May 1955. The veteran transport was returned to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) and entered the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Olympia, Washington, 5 September 1958

**7th Infantry Division
From 1953 to 1971, the 7th Infantry Division defended the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Its main garrison was Camp Casey, South Korea. During these occupation duties, the division saw a complete reorganization in compliance with the Reorganization Objective Army Divisions plan. The division's former headquarters company grew into the 1st Brigade, 7th Infantry Division while the 13th Infantry Brigade was reactivated as the 2nd Brigade, 7th Infantry Division. The 14th Infantry Brigade was reactivated as the 3rd Brigade, 7th Infantry Division. In 1965 the division received its distinctive unit insignia, which alluded to its history during the Korean War. On 2 April 1971, the division returned to the United States and was inactivated at Fort Lewis, Washington.

***Chorwon, Korea
Chorwon is a kun, or county, in Kangwon province, North Korea. Portions of it were once a single county together with the county of the same name in South Korea; other portions were added from neighboring counties in the 1956 reorganization of local governments. After the initial division of Korea, the entire county lay to the Northern side of the dividing line, but in the course of the Korean War part of the county was taken by the South.

****Oakland Army Base
The Oakland Army Base, also known as the Oakland Army Terminal, was a former United States Army base in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. The base was located on the Oakland waterfront just south of the eastern entrance to the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge.

Construction of the base commenced in 1941, as an expansion of the San Francisco Port of Embarkation based at Fort Mason on the San Francisco waterfront. Initially named the Oakland Sub-Port of the San Francisco Port of Embarkation, the base was renamed the Oakland Army Base in 1944. The installation moved in excess of 8.5 million tons of cargo during World War II, and 7.2 million tons of cargo passed through the terminal during the Korean War.

In 1946, the Oakland Army Base expanded to incorporate the administrative and cantonment area of the Port formerly known as Camp John T. Knight in honor of World War I Brigadier General John Thornton Knight.

In 1955 the San Francisco Port of Embarkation became the U.S. Army Transportation Terminal Command Pacific, and the Oakland Army Base became the Oakland Army Terminal. In 1964 the headquarters of the command moved from Fort Mason to the Oakland Army Terminal, and in 1966 the terminal was renamed back to the Oakland Army Base.

McGregor "in the field" photo
left above: Basic Training at Ford Ord, CA
left below: Fort Lewis, WA before embarking for Japan, Korea
McGregor pic McGregor pic

US Army Seal

24th Infantry

7th Infantry Division
Alan James McGregor
SP3 (T)
US Army

Army Infantry Insignia

Coming: Alan James McGregor pic
503rd Engineers

17th Infantry Regiment (Buffalo Regiment)

Correct rank coming

National Defense Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal
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 Alan James McGregor's 1946 class page can be viewed at
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