North High School Wall of Honor
Leo Elmer Gambrel
Class of Jaune, 1932
Leo Elmer Gambrel
Research done by Claradell Shedd, Class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
Leo Elmer Gambrel

Leo graduated from North High School in June, 1932. His service number was 9730743. Leo's next of kin was listed as Mr. and Mrs. Norman E. Gambrel, 4028 4th Street, Des Moines, IA

Leo Elmer Gambrel
Year   Rank   Status
June, 1932   Graduated   Graduated from North High School, Des Moines, IA.
date x Occupation? x Where and when?
November 28, 1935 x Family x Married Marguerite Ann Wintercorn
1939 x Residence x Lived at 900 7th Street in Des Moines, IA. Daughter born: Carol Ann Gambrel
1940 x Residence x Lived at 1711 10th Street during 1940 census.
May 5, 1944 x US Navy x Enlisted in Des Moines, IA
date x Training x details
September 29, 1944 x Family x Daughter born: Linda Eiliene Gambrel
November 15, 1944 x November, 1945 x Served aboard the USS Renville, APA-227
November 15, 1944 x US Navy x Aboard the USS Renville, APA-227; Rating: S2c SV6. Muster Roll
December 31, 1944 x US Navy x Aboard the USS Renville, APA-227; Rating S2c V6. Muster Roll
February 13, 1945 x US Navy x Aboard the USS Renville, APA-227. Rating S2c. Muster Roll
July 1, 1945 x US Navy x Aboard the USS Renville, APA-227. Rating S1c SV6. Muster Roll
November 10, 1945 x US Navy x Aboard the USS Renville, APA-117. Rating S1c
December 18, 1945   US Navy x Discharged.
March 7, 1949 x Residence x 3107 Oxford Street (in Highland Park)
date x Employment x Where and when?
date x Employment x Where and when?
bef Jan. 2, 1977 x Address x Retired and living in Des Moines, IA at 3941 Cambridge Street
January 2, 1977 x Deceased x Des Moines, IA
aft 01/02/77 x Burial x Highland Memory Gardens; Masonic; Lot 35 Grave 3
Leo Elmer Gambrel; 1932
USS Renville (APA-227)
USS Renville; APA-227
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
USS Renville Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Service Medal (1-Quemoy/Matsu, 1-Taiwan Straits, 1-Cuba, 1-Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal
(3) Fourth Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea
War Service Medal (retroactive)
USS Renville (APA-227) was a Haskell-class attack transport that saw service with the US Navy in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Renville was named after counties in Minnesota and North Dakota. She was laid down 19 August 1944 as MCV hull 673 by Kaiser Shipbuilding of Vancouver, Washington, launched 25 October 1944, and commissioned 15 November 1944, Capt. William W. Ball in command.

World War II
Following shakedown out of San Diego, Renville sailed in January 1945 for Guadalcanal, where in March she embarked 1,620 combat-ready troops for the invasion of Okinawa.

Invasion of Okinawa
Renville's assault boats transported the troops to the beach at Okinawa 1 April. Departing on the 5th, she steamed via Saipan and Pearl Harbor to San Francisco. During the remainder of the war, she transported troops and supplies between various Pacific Islands and the United States.

After hostilities
In September, she carried 1,436 Allied prisoners of war from Japan to Manila.

Philippine Islands Okinawa Deployment
Philippines Okinawa Deployment
Highland Memory Gardens, Des Moines, IA
Leo Elmer Gambrel
Seaman First Class
United States Navy
US Navy Seal

USS Renville, Patch 1

USS Renville, Patch 2

US Navy Insignia

Get correct patch: Navy Watertender 3rd Class
Seaman First Class

Navy Occupation Service Medal
Navy Occupation Service 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 School graduates can be found online at: Leo Elmer Gambrel's 1932 class page is:
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