North High School Wall of Honor
Morton J. Miles
Class of June, 1946
Research done by Claradell Shedd, Class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
Morton J. Miles

Mort graduated from North High School in June, 1946. Mort served both in the US Navy and was later recalled into the US Navy Reserve. His service number was 3228382. Mort's next of kin was listed as __________, 3125 Jefferson Street, Des Moines, IA.

Morton J. Miles
Year   Rank   Status
bef Jan, 1946 x date x Left North High to join the US Navy.
January, 1946   Graduated   Would have graduated from North High School, Des Moines, IA, but graduated "on-board" a ship.
1946 x US Navy x Drafted where and when?
1946 x Training x Boot training where and when?
1946 x Training x Where and when?
date x US Navy x Assigned to what vessels? Where and when?
date x US Navy x

Discharged and/or mustered out at US Naval Recruiting Station, Seattle, WA

1948-1950? x x University of Iowa
June, 1950-
August, 1950
x Employment x Construction worker at Kellogg-Faulkoner, Des Moines, IA
August 18, 1950 x US Navy Reserve x Recalled in Des Moines, IA. Sent to Great Lakes Naval District, Great Lakes, IL
date x US Navy x Assigned to what vessels? Where and when?
July, 1951 x US Navy x Stationed at Naval Base in Yokahoma, Japan. Saw classmate Ed Aduddell.
date x US Navy x Discharged from US Navy.
1953 x Education x Transferred from El Camino College in California to Iowa University. Graduated in 1953.
1953-1965 x Employment x Des Moines Firestone Plant
1965-1995 x Employment x Worked in bag business with Marv Pomerantz
date Employment Worked at car dealership in Marshalltown, IA
date x Retired x Retired, living in ________
1999 x Deceased x 12/09/99
Mort Miles stationed in Yokohama, Japan.
North High Army classmate Edward Aduddell on R&R from Korea with him.
(1) USS Endicott; DMS-35;
USS Endicott; DMS-35
Flat Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - X - T - W
(1) USS Endicott (DMS-35)
USS Endicott, a 1630-ton Gleaves class destroyer, was built at Seattle, Washington. Commissioned in February 1943, she served as an Atlantic convoy escort for over a year, then participated in the Invasion of Southern France in August 1944. On 17 August 1944, while covering that invasion, she engaged and sank two German warships. During the rest of 1944 and into 1945, Endicott took part in additional Mediterranean coastal operations and in Atlantic escort duties. In May 1945, she was converted to a fast minesweeper and redesignated DMS-35. Transferred to the Pacific after conversion, she spent several months following the Japanese surrender helping to clear mines in Asian waters. Endicott operated along the Pacific coast from 1946 to 1950. When the Korean War began in June 1950. She was immediately sent to the Far East, where she provided escort, bombardment, minesweeping and patrol services until March 1951. Two more Korean War tours followed in 1951-52 and 1953. USS Endicott decommissioned in August 1954. In July of the next year, while laid up in "mothballs", her hull number was changed back to DD-495. She was sold for scrapping some fifteen years later, in October 1970.
Morton J. Miles
Seaman; 3rd Class
Navy Group
United States Navy
US Navy Seal

July, 1951: Morton J Miles on R&R in Yokahoma, Japan

Seaman 3rd Class

Victory Medal; Korean Service Medal;
United Nations Service Medal/Korea;
Korean War 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: Morton J. Miles's 1946 class page is:
08/07/11. Died 12/09/99.
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