North High School Wall of Honor
Ruth Delores Raines
Class of June, 1948
Ruth Delores Raines graduated in the June, 1948 class. Her next-of-kin is listed as Paul R. Raines, 3300 5th Street, Des Moines, IA. Ruth Delores Raines's service number was L1010875.
After graduating from college, Ruth taught elementary school for several years before she joined the U.S. Women's Army Corps. During her eleven yers in the military, she served as Company Commander; Procurement, Publicity, and Operations Officer, Personnel Services Office; and instructor of basic trainees and officer courses. When she left the military in 1967, she had attained the rank of Major and had been awarded the Army Commendation Medal. After retiring from the Army, she earned a Master's Degree in Education and obtained a teaching position in San Francisco where she taught middle school for over twenty years. She was awarded The Valley Forge Teacher's Medal. While teaching in California, Ruth joined the U.S. Army Reserves and was awarded the USAR Meritorious Service Medal, retiring from the Reserves at the rank of Lt. Colonel.
Ruth Delores Raines
Recruiting Conference; May 9, 1961
Second US Army Recruiting District Commander's Conference;
Fort George G. Meade, MD; May 9, 1961 (U.S. Army Photograph)
Ruth Delores Raines
Year x Rank/Event x Status
June, 1948 x Graduation x North High School
6/25/56 -
x US Army Reserve Commission x Not on active duty; S# L1010875.
08/17/56 x Basic Training x USATC WAC Center
Ft. McClellan, AL
02/01/57 x Instructor x HQ Co., WAC Training Battalion,
USWACC, Ft. McClellan, AL
12/16/57 x Company Commander x Battalion Mess Officer, HQ Co. WTB,
USWACC, Ft. McClellan, AL
12/10/58 x Office of
Commanding Officer
x HQ Co. WTB,
Ft. McClellan, AL
02/17/58 x US Army/1st Lt. x Promotion
01/12/59 x x x Recruiting and Publicity Officer,
Recruiting Main Station,
Cleveland, OH
09/08/59 x US Army/
Regular Army/2nd Lt.
x Rank to 08/17/56?, S# L573
04/29/60 x US Army/
Regular Army/1st Lt.
x Rank to 08/17/59.
12/22/60 x x x Recruiting, Publicity, Asst. Operations Officer, 2nd Recruiting District,
Ft. Meade, MD
08/28/61 x US Army/Captain x Promotion; Rank to 08/28/61.
10/01/62 x x x Chief, Recruiting Publicity Section,
HQ US Continental Army Command,
Ft. Monroe, VA
08/17/63 x Captain x Captain, Regular Army; Rank to 08/17/63.
12/22/63 x x x Awarded Army Commendation Medal
01/06/64 x x x WAC Officer Career Course,
Officer Trng. Detachment,USWACC,
Ft. McClellan, AL
07/24/64 x x x Personnel Services Officer, HQ USARYIS; Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands
11/30/65 x x x Awarded Army Commendation Medal,
First Oak Leaf Cluster
12/29/65 x x x Instructor, Basic Trng., Junior and Senior Career Officer Courses; USWACS,USWACC,Ft. McClellan, AL
03/14/66 x Tendered Resignation x Retained until 07/31/67.
04/28/66 x US Army/Major x Promotion. Rank to 04/28/66.
07/31/67 x Honorable Discharge x x
08/11/67 x x x Awarded Army Commendation Medal,
Second Oak Leaf Cluster
01/22/71 x US Army Reserves x Reserve Commissioned Officer, Major,
Sixth Army Area, San Francisco, CA
05/75 x Graduate x Command and General Staff College
01/21/78 x USAR/Lt. Colonel x Promotion. USAR, HQ Sixth Army, Presidio, San Francisco, CA
01/20/82 x Retired Reserve x Adjutant Generals' Corp., USAR
01/20/82 x x x Awarded Meritorious Service Medal
Education and Teaching Record
1948-49 x Grand View College; one year
1949-50 x Iowa State Teachers College; one year
1950-51 x Taught elementary school; Knoxville, IA; one year
1951-53 x Graduate, Drake University; BA in Education
1953-54 x Taught elementary school at Stowe in Des Moines; one year.
1954-56 x Taught elementary school at Oak Park in Des Moines; two years.
1968-70 x Master of Arts in Education at University of San Francisco,
San Francisco, CA
1970-89 x Taught middle school at Starr King and Luther Burbank in
San Francisco, CA.
1972 x Awarded Valley Forge Teachers Medal from
Freedoms Foundation
07/07/94 x Memorial at Iowa Gold Star Military Museum
Fort Meade, MD Del and her "Brown"
Fort Meade, MD (U.S. Army Photograph) Del and her "Brown"
Ruth Delores Raines
Lt. Colonel, USAR
2nd Army, 3rd Army, 6th Army
U.S. Army Recruiting Service
"2nd Army
2nd Army

3rd Army
3rd Army

6th Army
6th Army
US Army Seal

Ruth Delores Raines; 1956

Army Commendation Medal w/two Oak Leaf Clusters; Valley Force Teachers' Medal; Army Reserves Meritorious Service
Army Commendation Medal
w/two Oak Leaf Clusters
Valley Forge Teachers Medal;
Freedom Foundation
Army Reserves Meritorious Service
Army Ground Forces
Army Ground Forces

US Recruiting Services
US Recruiting Service

Ryukyu Islands
Ryukyu Islands
(1) The World War II Army Enlistment Records contain information on more than nine million indivdual enlistments. These records can be found online 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 all North High School graduates can be found online at Ruth Delores Raines's 1948 class page can be viewed at
Deceased: July 27, 1994. Delores is buried in the Masonic/Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines, IA.
Music: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
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