North High School Wall of Honor
Jay Darwin Woodard
Class of June, 1946
Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
Jay Darwin Woodard
Jay was in the June, 1946 graduating class. At the time, his next of kin was Mrs. Ethel Woodard, 1310 23rd Street, Des Moines, IA. His service number is __________.
Jay Darwin Woodard
Year   Rank   Status
June, 1946 x Graduated x Graduated from North High, Des Moines, IA
June, 1946 x US Army x Drafted into US Army, Des Moines, IA immediately following graduation
June, 1946   US Army x 7th Infantry Division, Fort Snelling, MN. One month.
date   US Army x Basic training at Fort Polk, LA. Three months. Military Police training.
date x US Army x Fort Polk, LA to Fort Stoneman, CA (near Antioch, CA)
Nov. 26, 1946 x US Army/PFC x Fort Stoneman, CA. Ferry to troop ship in San Francisco, CA
Nov-Dec, 1946 x Enroute x *SS Marine Swallow (Type C4) from San Francisco, CA to **Inchon, Korea. 21 days at sea.
date x US Army x From Inchon, South Korea to Seoul, Korea
date x US Army x Wounded in duty near ***Seoul, Korea (where and when?)
date x US Army x Seoul, Korea to Inchon, Korea
Fall, 1948 x US Army x ****USS General A.W. Brewster (AP-155) from Inchon, Korea to San Francisco, CA
date x US Army x San Francisco, CA to Fort Stoneman, CA. Discharged/mustered out.
date x Civilian x Train to Des Moines, IA
date x Schooling x Des Moines Trade School for refrigeration and electonics
date x Family x when and where married and to whom? Woman's full name.
1951-1992 x Employment x Employers' Mutual Casualty Insurance Company, Des Moines. 41 years
1992-2011 x Retirement x Living in IA
Ft. Snelling; Fort Polk, LA; Fort Stoneman, CA pic; Fort Stoneman Embarkation graphic
*SS Marine Swallow (C4 Class)
Troop ship from San Francisco to Korea.
**Inchon, South Korea
Pre Korean War-
After World War II, The 7th Division was already in Korea under occupational duty from 1946 - 1948. All 3 regiments, 17th, 31st and 32nd, all changed positions and have been stationed at the 38th parallel. (You can view William Smith's pictures from occupational duty, 1948 under Photopoint pictures, Army, 32nd Reg. Korea.

Fall 1948-
US 7th Infantry Division removed from Korea as occupational duty.

December 1948 -
7th Infantry Division moves to the northern most parts of Japan, Honshu and the island of Hokkaido.

***Seoul, Korea. Where were you injured?
Text of Korea incident.
****USS General A.W. Brewster (AP-155)
USS Brewster Radio Call Sign US Army
*USS General A.W. Brewster; AP-155 Awards, Citations, and Campaign Ribbons
USS General Brewster Awards
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (4) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)
****USS General A.W. Brewster (AP-155)
USS General A. W. Brewster (AP-155) was a General G. O. Squier-class transport ship for the U.S. Navy in World War II. The ship was crewed by the U.S. Coast Guard throughout the war.[1] She was named in honor of U.S. Army general Andre Walker Brewster. She was transferred to the U.S. Army as USAT General A. W. Brewster in 1946. On 1 March 1950 she was transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS General A. W. Brewster (T-AP-155). She was later sold for commercial operation under the name SS Philadelphia, before being scrapped some time after November 1987.

After shakedown out of San Diego, the transport sailed 28 May from San Pedro. Transiting the Panama Canal, she arrived Avonmouth, England, 20 June and embarked troops for Pacific ports. Sailing westward, General A. W. Brewster passed through the canal again and arrived Humboldt Bay, New Guinea, 27 July 1945. She then sailed to the Philippines, remaining there until after the capitulation of Japan. The ship embarked veterans and returned to San Francisco 1 September.

General A. W. Brewster made three additional voyages to the Far East in the immediate postwar period, bringing home thousands of servicemen. She decommissioned at San Francisco 10 April 1946 and was transferred to the Maritime Commission and later to Army Transportation Service for Pacific duty.

One journey made by USAT General A. W. Brewster left Manila in September 1946 with elements of the U.S. Thirteenth Air Force and arriving in Oakland the next month.
photo photo Photo of
Jay Woodward
"in the field"
South Korea. Note Inchon and Seoul Inchon, South Korea

US Army Seal

7th Infantry
Jay Darwin Woodard
7th Infantry; 24th Army Corps
US Army

Infantry Insignia

Photo coming of
Jay Darwin Woodard in uniform

Combat Infantryman's Badge


24th Army Corps; Seoul

Examples: United National Service Medal/Korea; WWII Victory Medal;
Korean Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal;
Army Occupational ; Korean Service Medal; Purple Heart
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 Jay Darwin Woodard's 1946 class page can be viewed at
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