High School Wall of Honor
Fred Emerling, Jr.
Class of August, 1940
Died; KIA; Killed in Action
Research done by Rick Nehrling, class of 1963 and Claradell Shedd, class
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 http://www.archives.gov/.
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
*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
*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 http://www.archives.gov/.
(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: http://www.ndmhs.com/pages/yearclass1940(1990.50).html.
January 31, 1943; KIA; Killed in Action
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