North High School Wall of Honor
Fred Emerling, Jr.
Class of August, 1940
Died; KIA; Killed in Action
Fred Emerling, Jr.
Research done by Rick Nehrling, class of 1963 and Claradell Shedd, class of 1953.
Fred Emerling, Jr.
Fred was a member of North High's class of August, 1940. He enlisted in the US Army on February 10, 1941 at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. At the time of his enlistment, he was single with no dependents. His service number was 20704487. It appears that Fred enlisted with another 1940 North High graduate, Eugene R. Brown. Fred's next of kin is listed as his mother, Alvena Emerling at 1315 Harding Road, Des Moines, Iowa.

He was asssigned to the 168th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, as a member of the 2nd Platoon of A Company. He was killed on January 31, 1943 during the Tunisia campaign in North Africa. His death was reported as KIA; Killed in Action. At the time of his death, his rank was Sgt - Sergeant. Purple Heart

Information obtained from the American Battle Monuments Commission shows that Fred is buried at the North African /American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia. Buried at: Plot E, Row 12, Grave 13.

The above information was obtained from the following:
(1) The World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel were created by the War Department, the Adjutant General's Office, Administrative Services Division, Strength Accounting Branch. The original records are held at the Modern Military records LICON, Textural Services Division (NWCTM), National Archives at College Park, Maryland.
The documents contain the latest and most complete information available of all Army and Army Air Force personnel who were killed or died, or became and remained missing between the President's declaration of unlimited national emergency on May 27, 1941, and the cut-off date of this report, January 31, 1946. This document includes both battle and nonbattle dead and missing. The records are available online at

The type of casualty is indicated by the following:

    * KIA - Killed in Action. This is an individual who was killed in action at the front, by enemy action in the rear, or if a prisoner of war.
    * DOW - Died of Wounds. This is an individual was who wounded and later died.
    * DOI - This is an individual who suffered fatal battle injuries and died in a line of duty status.
    *DNB - Died Nonbattle. This is an individual who died in a line of duty death, such as from sickness, homicide, suicide, or accidents outside of combat areas (training).
    *M - Missing. This is an individual who is reported as missing and later was determined to be dead.
    *FOD - Finding of Death. Findings of death fall within Public Law 490 and its amendments and are made when there is either conclusive proof that the person is dead or equally overwhelming evidence that under the circumstances the person could not have remained alive.

This document contains the names of those individuals who died in the line of duty status. Those individuals who were not in the line of duty at the time of their death are not listed in this document.

(2) The World War II Army Enlistment Records contain information on more than 9 million individual enlistments. These records can be found online at

(3) 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: Fred Emerling's 1940 class page is:

Died: January 31, 1943; KIA; Killed in Action
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