North High School Wall of Honor
Richard Kidd Brown
Would have graduated in Class of 1943; GED
Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
Richard Kidd Brown

Dick would have graduated from North High in the class of 1943. He enlisted in the Navy in _____. His service number was 3218477. His next of kin were his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Brown. XXXXX, Des Moines, IA.

Richard Kidd Brown
Year x Rank x Status
February 4 , 1943 x Enlisted/
US Navy
x Enlisted at Polk County Court House, Des Moines, IA
June, 1943 x x x Would have graduated from North High, Des Moines, IA
date x US Navy
x Basic Training. Where and when? Maybe Six weeks at US Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL
May 19, 1944 x US Navy/
xx USS Ocklawaha (AO-84). Following conversion and fitting out for potable water and after shakedown operations off the west coast, Ocklawaha sailed May 19, 144 for duty in the Pacific Theater.
date x x x Where and when? Leyte Gulf, etc.
date x US Navy
Carpenters Mate3C
x text
May 11, 1946 x US Navy/
x Honorable discharge; Des Moines, IA.
date x Schooling x Morningside College, Sioux City, IA
date x Employment x What, where, and when?
1946-Present x Civilian x Living in FL. Died 12/11/10.
*USS Ocklawaha (AO-84)
USS Ocklawaha (AO-84) was a Escambia-class oiler acquired by the United States Navy for use during World War II. She had the dangerous but necessary task of providing fuel to vessels in combat and non-combat areas.

She was laid down on 10 February 1943, as a Maritime Commission type T2-SE-A2 tanker hull under a Maritime Commission contract at Marinship, Sausalito, California. She was launched on 9 June 1943, sponsored by Mrs. Van W. Rosendahl, and commissioned as USS Oklawaha (AO-84) on 9 March 1944, Comdr. Walter L. Sorenson in command.

Following conversion and fitting out for carrying potable water, and after shakedown operations off the west coast, Ocklawaha sailed on 19 May 1944 for duty with Service Forces Pacific (ServPac) during the remainder of World War II. She arrived at Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, in June 1944 to provide potable water for and to become a part of the forces being assembled there for the Marianas operations. Following the conquest of Saipan and Guam, she continued to supply fresh water in the forward areas, transporting 12 additional loads from Pearl Harbor and Manus to Eniwetok, Ulithi, Guam, Kossol Passage and Leyte Gulf. During this period, she delivered water to 809 ships, mostly landing vessels actively engaged in amphibious operations against the Japanese.

Ocklawaha returned to San Pedro, California, on 1 June 1945 for overhaul, then deployed again to the Western and South West Pacific areas where she continued her service operations until 29 May 1946. She returned to San Pedro on 15 June, transited the Panama Canal on 28 June, thence proceeded to New York where she decommissioned on 19 July. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register, and transferred to the Maritime Commission on 23 April 1947.

The Ocklawaha received two battle stars for WWII service.
USS Ocklawaha (AO-84) and patch
need photo of ship USS Ocklawaha (AO-84) patch
AO-84 General SpecificationsNamed for: Ocklawaha River
Complement: 267 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 5782 tons
Length: 523 feet 6 inches
Beam: 68 feet
Draft: 30 feet 10 in
Final Disposition: Unknown
AO-84 Deployments - Major Events
February, 1943 Keel Date: 10 Feb 1943;
at Marinship Sausalito, CA
June, 1943 Launch Date; 9 Jun 1943
March, 1944 Commissiones: 9 Mar 1944
July, 1946 Decommissioned: 19 Jul 1946
USS Ocklawaha; AO-84 Awards, Citations, and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Higgins Boat Donald Arthur Ash
Higgins Boat Boot Camp
coming: photo of Dick Brown
Sample below. When correct information is obtained for Richard Kidd Brown,
it will be substituted for the graphics below.
Richard Kidd Brown
Carpenter's Mate 3rd Class
Navy Group
United States Navy
US Navy Seal

US Navy Insignia

Coming: photo of
Richard Kidd Brown
in uniform

Carpenter's Mate 3rd Class

National Defense Service Medal; American Campaign;
Asliatic-Pacific Medal; Victory Medal

A 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: Richard Kidd Brown's 1943 class can be viewed at:
12/24/10. Died 12/11/10.
Music: "Anchors Aweigh" by the U.S. Navy Band
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