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Margaret Ann Ashford McDaniel
Class of June, 1945

Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS

Margaret Ann Ashford
Margaret graduated from North High in June, 1945. At the time, her next of kin was Mr. Vernon K. Ashford, 3017 Bowdoin Street, Des Moines, IA. Her service number was _______.
Margaret Ann Ashford
Year   Rank   Status
June, 1945   Graduated x Graduated from North High, Des Moines, IA
June, 1945 x Enlisted/
US Navy
x Enlisted in the US Navy at *KRNT Recruiting Station in Des Moines, IA. First African American woman to enlist in military from Iowa.
date x Basic Training/
x Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL. 2-1/2 years.
Worked or assigned where?
date x US Navy x Korea. Where and when? Disabled.
date x US Navy/
x Discharged at Great Lakes Naval Training Center.
date x Enroute x Returned to Des Moines, IA.
date x Family x Married to X McDaniel.
date x Relocated x Where and when?
date x Employment x Where and when?
date x Employment x Where and when?
date x Employment x Where and when?.
1995-Present x Civilian x OH residency
KRNT Recruiting Station Photo of
Drake University; date *Des Moines Armed Forces
Examining and Entrance Station

US Navy Seal

Margaret Ann Ashford
US Navy

Photo of Margaret Ann Ashford
in uniform
US Navy Insignia
United Nations Service Medal/Korea; National Defense Medal; Korean War Service Medal; Bronze Star; Korean Defense Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal

Examples of Medals: United Nations Service Medal/Korea;
Korean War Service Medal;
Korean Defense Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal
(list of appropriate medal/citations coming)
Margaret McDaniel (1921 - 2010)
Margaret Ann Mc Daniel, 83 of Columbus, OH died Monday, December 20, 2010. She was born in Des Moines, Iowa on August 14, 1927 to the late Vernon K. and Willa Ashford. She moved to Columbus in 1989 to be near her daughter and grandchildren. She was a graduate of North High School and Drake University both in Des Moines where she earned a Bachelor of Education and was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

She was a disabled veteran of the Korean Conflict where she served with the U.S. Navy, being the first African American female to enlist from the state of Iowa. She was a member and elder at Cottage Grove Presbyterian Church in Des Moines. She taught Sunday School, volunteered with the United Way and was former president for the Board of the Des Moines Youth Symphony. She loved to draw and paint with watercolors. Her essence was her ability to find joy in any situation. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister and friend who will be missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her daughter Suzanne Mc Daniel Hayes, two sisters Elizabeth and Constance Ashford and her former husband James D. Mc Daniel.

She is survived by daughter Prudence Mc Daniel, son-in-law Bill Hayes, grandchildren James, Hannah and Grace Hayes, brother Vernon K. Ashford Jr., sisters Faye Jones and Sandra Gaiter, many nephews, nieces and their families. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at the Claremont Retirement Village, 7041 Bent Tree Blvd., Columbus, OH. Inurnment at a later date in Des Moines. Schedinger Worthington Chapel assisting the family. Memorial contributions may be made to D.A.V. or the Marian Anderson String Quartet Community Music School Scholarships, P,O. Box 6237, Bryan, TX 77802-6237. Online condolences may be made to
The comprehensive list of names from North High's 1893-2019 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 Margaret Ann Ashford's 1945 class page can be viewed at
Died December 20, 2010 in OH.
Music: "Anchors Aweigh" by the U.S Navy Band
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