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Robert Lou Smith
Class of June, 1946

Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953.

Robert Lou Smith
Bob graduated from North High in June, 1946. At the time, his next of kin was Mr. Homer M. and Lillian Smith, 3416 4th Street, Des Moines, IA. His service number was 3233333.
Robert Lou Smith
Year   Rank   Status
June, 1946   Graduated x Graduated from North High, Des Moines, IA
July 11, 1946 x Enlisted/
US Navy
x Enlisted in the US Navy, *Des Moines, IA
August, 1946 x Basic Training/
x **San Diego Naval Training Center. Twelve weeks.
date x Stationed x ***Coco Solo Naval Operating Base, Panama, Canal Zone
date x Stationed x ****Norfolk, Virginia. Univac training
June 25, 1948 x US Navy/
Yeoman 3C;
x Yeoman 3rd Class; Discharged on June 25, 1948 in San Francisco, CA (RecSta/Treasure Island).
date x Enroute x Hitchhiked back to Des Moines, IA
date x x Semester at Drake University and attended Grandview College
June 11, 1950 x Family x Married Maxine Jamison, North High, Class of 1948, at All Saints Catholic Church, 3rd and Ovid, Des Moines, IA
date x x Employed at Bruce Motor Freight/office manager
date x Employed x Established Bob Smith Advertising.
x Civilian x Living in Des Moines, IA
August 25, 2014 x Deceased x Des Moines, IA 50266
KRNT Recruiting Station Naval Training Center, San Diego
*Des Moines Armed Forces
Examining and Entrance Station (AFEES at KRNT)
**Naval Training Center, San Diego ****Norfolk, VA
**San Diego Unit #273. Bob is located in the fourth row up, the fourth in from the far left side. Bill Zilm, who would have graduated in the June, 1947 North High class, but enlisted in the Navy in July, 1946, is located in the fourth row up, the third in from the left side.
(left) San Diego, CA; August, 1946
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***Coco Solo Naval Air Station, Panama

US Navy Seal

Panama Canal Zone

Coco Solo Naval Air Station, Panama Canal Zone
Robert Lou Smith
Yeoman 3rd Class
US Navy

Naval Air Station, Norfolk, VA

US Navy Insignia

Yeoman 3rd Class


WWII Victory 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 Robert Lou Smith's class page can be viewed at
07/29/11: Des Moines, IA. Died 08/25/14.
Music: "Anchors Aweigh" by the U.S Navy Band
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