North High School Wall of Honor
Arthur Garfield Bussey
Class of January, 1931
Arthur Garfield Bussey
Research done by Claradell Shedd, Class of 1953.
Arthur Garfield Bussey
Arthur graduated in the January, 1931 North High class. He enlisted or was drafted at Fort Des Moines, IA. His service number was 37046478. Arthur's next of kin was listed as Mrs. Vera Bussey, 409 38th Street, Des Moines, IA
Arthur Garfield Bussey
Year x Rank x Status
Jan, 1931 x Graduated x Graduated from North High, Des Moines, IA. Lived at 409 38th Street
datex x Employment x detail
1940 x Family x In 1940 census, he lived at 611 Allison.
June 30, 1941 x US Army x Inducted at Fort Des Moines, IA
1941-1945 x Training x Two tours were from June 30, 1941 through October 12, 1941 and January 15, 1942 through December 21, 1945.
Sep. 6, 1944 x Family x Married to Florence Carolina Paulsen in Cook County, IL
Nov. 14, 1944 x Enroute x Departed from the United States. Fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
Dec 16, 1945 x Enroute x Re-entry into United States
Dec 21, 1945 x US Army
x Discharged at Separation Center at Camp Grant; Rockford, IL
1949 x Employment x Lived at 4311 Sheridan Avenue, Des Moines, IA
date x Employment x detail.
February 1, 2005 x Deceased x Buried in Southside Cemetery; Skowhegan, Somerset County, Maine, USA
103rd AA Sp Bn; AATC, Hq, Fort Sheridan, IL; 443rd CA BN; Fort Stewart, GA; 4th Army Hq, Fort Sam Houston; 15th Army Hq, Fort Sam Houston, Camp Grant, IL

The 82nd Civil Affairs Battalion was constituted on 28 August 1945 in the Army of the United States as the 28th Military Government Headquarters and Headquarters Company. It activated on 2 September 1945 at Manila, Philippine Islands. It inactivated 31 May 1946 in Korea. On 2 February 1948 it was re-designated as the 28th Military Government Company and allotted to the Regular Army. It activated 21 February 1948 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. It inactivated 28 October 1951 in Korea. It was re-designated 22 August 1962 as the 28th Civil Affairs Company and activated 22 August 1962 in Europe. It inactivated 24 April 1963 in Europe. It again activated 24 February 1967 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. It most recently inactivated 21 December 1974 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Battle of the Bulge
During World War II, the 8th Infantry Division was sent to Europe to fight against the Axis. After training in Ireland the 8th Infantry Division landed on Utah Beach, Normandy, 4 July 1944, and entered combat on the 7th. Shortly after its arrival, the division captured the French cities of Rennes and Brest.[1] Fighting through the hedgerows, it crossed the Ay River, 26 July, pushed through Rennes, 8 August, and attacked Brest in September.

Following these actions, the 8th turned eastward toward the German border, taking part in the heavy fighting in the Hürtgen Forest in November 1944. The Crozon Peninsula was cleared on 19 September, and the division drove across France to Luxembourg, moved to the Hurtgen Forest, 20 November, cleared Hurtgen on the 28th and Brandenburg, 3 December, and pushed on to the Roer. That river was crossed on 23 February 1945, Duren taken on the 25th and the Erft Canal crossed on the 28th. The 8th reached the Rhine near Rodenkirchen, 7 March, and maintained positions along the river near Koln. In early March 1945, the 8th had advanced into the Rhineland. It fought its way into the Ruhr region the following month. Ardennes Campaign: Battle of the Bulge: December 16, 1944-January 30, 1945. Rhineland Campaign: September 14, 1944-March 21, 1945. Central Europe Campaign: March 22-May 8, 1945.

On 6 April the division attacked northwest to aid in the destruction of enemy forces in the Ruhr Pocket, and by the 17th had completed its mission. After security duty, the division, under operational control of the British Second Army, drove across the Elbe, 1 May, and penetrated to Schwerin when the war in Europe ended.

On 2 May 1945, as it advanced into northern Germany, the 8th Infantry Division encountered the Neuengamme concentration camp Wöbbelin subcamp, near the city of Ludwigslust. The SS had established Wöbbelin in early February 1945 to house concentration camp prisoners who had been evacuated from other Nazi camps to prevent their liberation by the Allies. Wöbbelin held some 5,000 inmates, many of whom suffered from starvation and disease. The sanitary conditions at the camp when the 8th Infantry Division and the 82nd Airborne Division arrived were deplorable. There was little food or water, and some prisoners had resorted to cannibalism. In the first week after liberation, more than 200 inmates died. In the aftermath, the United States Army ordered the townspeople in Ludwigslust to visit the camp and bury the dead.

Discharged at Camp Grant, IL
In October 1940 Camp Grant was re-activated as an induction center, being transferred by Illinois back to the federal government. Physical exams and medical training post for draftees was the main focus, although a fair number of personnel went through Camp Grant for their Army basic training. It is estimated that 100,000 medical corpsmen were trained at the camp. During the war Camp Grant also served as a POW detention center, employing upwards of 6,000 civilians, boosting Rockford's economy. It is estimated there were 2,500 POWs in the camp. After the war Camp Grant also served as a separation center for returning GIs.

Fort Sheridan, IL Fort Stewart, GA
Fort Sheridan, IL Fort Stewart, GA
Fort Sam Houston, TX
Fort Sam Houston, TX Camp Grant, IL
March 11, 1944 In Germany
Arthur Garfield Bussey Gravesite
Southside Cemetery; Skowhegan, Maine, USA
Arthur Garfield Bussey
Sergeant First Class
103rd Anti Aircraft Special Battalion
United States Army

AntiAircraft Artillery Patch

Civil Affairs patch

Army Garrison, Ft. Stewart, GA

4th Army
US Army Seal

Arthur Garfield Bussey

15th Army

103rd Infantry Signal Battalion

443rd Civil Affairs

Technical Sergeant T5
WWII Victory Medal; European-African-Middle East Theater w/2 Bronze Stars for Rhineland and Central Europe; Meritorious Unit Award Ribbon and Patch; Good Conduct Medal

Correct medals coming: WWII Victory Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Theater w/2 Bronze Stars for
Rhineland and Central Europe; Meritorious Unit Award ribbon and patch; 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 graduates can be found online at Arthur Garfield Bussey's 1931 class page is
Died: 02/01/05.
Music: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
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