North High School Wall of Honor
John Richard Grove
Class of June, 1940
Died; DNB; Died; Nonbattle
Research done by Rick Nehrling, class of 1963 and Claradell Shedd, class of 1953.
John Richard Grove
John was a member of North High's class of June, 1940. He enlisted in the US Army on January 13, 1941 at Des Moines, Iowa. At the time of his enlistment, he was single with no dependents. His service number was 20744255. His death was reported as DNB; Died, Nonbattle. At the time of his death, his rank was PFC - Private First Class. John's next of kin is listed as his mother, Mrs. Ruth Esther Grove, 1403 Washington, Des Moines, Iowa.
John Richard Grove
Year   Rank/Rating   Status
1930 x Family x 1930 Census indicates living at Adair, IA
June,1940 x x x Graduated from North High, Des Moines, IA
1940 x Residence x 1940 Census indicates living at
December 12, 1940 x US Army/PVT
x Enlisted at Fort Des Moines, IA. 113th Cavalry Regiment Band. Enlisted in National Guard in Des Moines, IA. After his death, 1949 Military paperwork filed indicates prior to entering the armed service he lived at 1450 Linden, Des Moines, IA.
January 13, 1941 x US Army x Active duty. Basic training. Where and when?
November 8, 1941 x US Army/
x Death at Station Hospital Camp, Bowie, TX
aft November 8, 1941 x Buried x Interred at Highland Cemetery, Bayard, Guthrie County, IA
Interred at Highland Cemtery, Bayard, Guthrie County, IA 113th Cavalry Rgmt.

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: John Richard Grove's 1940 class page is:

Died: DNB; Died November 8, 1941; Nonbattle. Buried in Bayard, Iowa.
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