North High School Wall of Honor
Leo (Lee) Trovas
Class of June, 1951
Leo Trovas
Research done by Claradell Shedd, Class of 1953.
Leo (Lee) Trovas

Leo graduated in the June, 1951 North High class.. He enlisted into the US Army at the KRNT Recruiting Office in Des Moines, IA. His service number was_________. Leo's next of kin was listed as Mr. and Mrs. James Brown, 1821 Jefferson Avenue, Des Moines, IA.

Leo (Lee) Trovas
Year   Rank   Status
June, 1951   Graduated   Graduated from North High School, Des Moines, IA.
1951-1953 x Student x Drake University, Des Moines, IA.
September, 1953 x Enlisted in
US Army
x Enlisted in US Army at KRNT Recruiting Station, Des Moines, IA.
x Basic Training x Fort Leonard Wood, MO. 12 weeks.
date x Engineer Training x Fort Belvoir, VA. 16 weeks.
Sept., 1953 x Enroute x Fort Lewis, WA (Seattle) to Okinawa. *84th Combat Construction Engineers. In Okinawa for 3-4 months.
August,1955 x US Army/


date x Schooling x Drake University, Des Moines, IA; Major: Finance
date x Schooling x University of Denver, Denver, CO. MBA; Major: Production Management
date x Schooling x University of Denver, Denver, CO. PhD. Major: Higher Education Administration; Cognate in Finance
x Employment x **Webster University, Colorado Springs, CO;
Business Program Manager Webster University, and Computers Networking and Financial Systems, Inc.
*84th Combat Engineers
In 1950 the Battalion deployed to Korea in support of the United Nations Forces. The 84th participated in all ten campaigns of the Korean Conflict, and it was there that the I Corps Commander, Lt.General John W. "Iron Mike" O'Daniel, gave the 84th the nickname: "Conquerors of the Imjin".

The 84th EBC, now designated The 84th Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Heavy), traces its roots in the Pacific to the Korean War. It was during Korea that the words "Never Daunted" were adopted as the unit motto. This was the sobriquet used by South Korean President Syngman Rhee to characterize the battalion's performance as he presented the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation to the unit for bridging the lmjin River.

**Lee has been with Webster since it started in 1977. Most recently, he has spent much of his time with Computers, Networking and Financial Systems, Inc., a company which he and his son own. He was the Budget and Capital Improvements Manager for the City of Colorado Springs and is active with Chamber and the Economic Development Corporation while volunteering with nonprofit organizations. Other experiences includes a Wall Street firm, managing a Denver insurance company, and training manager with a major utility. He was the principal finance and production management professor for a Colorado university and principal in a downtown real estate development company.
Ft. Leonard Wood post card Ft. Belvoir post card
Ft. Belvoir, VA 1st Lt.
Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
Basic Training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
Leo (Lee) Trovas
84th Combat Engineer Batallion
US Corps of Engineers
United States Army

US Army Seal

US Army Corps of Engineers

84th Combat Engineers

Lee Trovas
Leo Trovas
Expert Rifle Badge

Good Conduct 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: Leo Trovas's 1951 class page is:
11/19/10. Lives in CO.
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