North High School Wall of Honor
Howard Lee Wass
Class of June, 1959
Research done by Claradell Shedd, Class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
Howard Lee Wass
Howie was a member of North High's class of June, 1959. His next of kin was Mr. and Mrs. Mark Wass, Jr. who lived at 4028 1st Street, Des Moines, IA. Howie's service number was RA19704179.
Howard Lee Wass
Year   Rank   Status
June, 1959   x   Graduated from North High, Des Moines, IA
date x Student/Work? x Where and when? Left Des Moines three days before graduation for Bakersfield, CA
1962   Enlisted/
US Army
  Enlisted in US Army in Bakersfield, CA.
1962 x Training x Basic Training. Fort Ord, CA.
1962 x Training x Data Processing School; Fort Benjamin Harrison; Indianapolis, IN
1963-1964 x Training x Data Processing Unit; Fort Sill, OK
date x Training/
x 4th Army; Fort Hood, TX
Started Data Processing. 32nd Data Processing Unit attached to
571st Ordnance Stock Control. Kept track of infomration via data processing.
Jan, 1965 x Discharged x Howie: Please tell the details of how you were discharged effective January 4, 1965 by eventually sending a telegram to Fort Hood saying, "Am alive." Then Fort Hood sent discharge papers to you in the mail.
date x Civilian x Real estate career.
date x Civilian x Sold real estate business. Please identify name and location of business.
date x Civilian x Interests to include Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club and Habitat for Humanity, as well as bike pursuit
x Civilian x Account of bike accident.
Present x Civilian x Current interests and pursuits.
January 15, 2023 x Deceased x Died in Bakersfield, CA; January 15, 2023.
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US Army Seal

4th Army

Spec5 Stripes

Howard Lee Wass
US Army

Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal; American Service Medal, Philippine Liberation plus Bronze Star

Medals (examples)
Medals to include WWII victory medals for campaigns in Southern Philippines, Luzon, and New Guinea. American Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, Philippine Liberation plus Bronze Star
(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 North High School graduates can be found online at: Howard Lee Wass's 1959 class page is:
06/17/10. Living in Bakersfield, CA. Died 01/15/23.
Music: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
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