North High School Wall of Honor
Milton Evans Hartley
Class of June, 1943
Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
Milton Evans Hartley
Milton graduated from North High in June, 1943. At the time, his next of kin was Mr. Charles I. Hartley, located at 4024 Oxford Street, Des Moines, IA. His service number is 17181719,
Milton Evans Hartley
Year   Rank   Status
June, 1943   x   Graduated from North High, Des Moines, IA
Sept., 1943 x Enlisted x U.S. Army Air Corps; Des Moines, IA.
Sept., 1943   US Army Air Corps   Basic Training; Biloxi, MS
date x Training x Six months at University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
1944   Training   Training in navigation at SAC; San Antonio, TX.
Beech AT-7 Navigators and two engine craft
date x x Foster Army Air Field, Victoria, TX
date x Training x *Scott Field, East Saint Louis, IL.
Radio Operators School. Training as a radio operator.
date x Training x Radio Maintenance School, **Truax Field, Madison, WI.
Trained in radio mechanics.
date x Training x ***Chanute Air Force Base; Rantoul, IL. (Air Training Command, ATC)
March, 1946 x US Army x Discharged at Chanute Air Force Base; Rantoul, IL.
date x Civilian x Back home in Laurens, IA. Various jobs
x Student x Five years at Iowa State, Ames, IA./
Two majors: electrical engineering and industrial engineering
x Employed x Rath Packing Company, Waterloo, IA
Motion and time study; plant layout, etc.
x Employed x Waterloo Industries; Waterloo, IA
Motion and time study; plant layout, etc.
Set up Safety Department, worked in Cost Engineering and Environmental Engineering
1993 x Civilian; Retired x Living in Elk Run Heights, IA (near Waterloo).
*Scott Field, East Saint Louis, IL.
Scott Field began when Shiloh Valley Township, Illinois, leased 640 acres to the War Department for use as an aviation site in June 1917. The War Department named the site after Corporal Frank S. Scot--the first enlisted man to die in an aircraft accident--on July 10, 1917. The layout of Scott Field was typical of aviation fields built during World War I. Construction began in June 1917, and the Unit Construction Company was required by the Signal Corps to build approximately 60 buildings, lay a mile-long railway spur to connect the field with a main line on the Southern Railroad and level off an airfield in 60 days. Scott Field began as an aviation-training field for World War I pilots in August 1917 when the 11th and 21st Aero Squadrons from Kelly Field, Texas, arrived. Later the 85th and 86th squadrons arrived, and more than 300 pilots and many ground units were trained for service by the war's end in 1918. Flying was discontinued at Scott Field after the war and the base population dropped. The War Department purchased Scott Field in 1919 for $119, 285.84.

During World War II Scott Field's main mission was to train radio operator-mechanics. By June 1945, Scott Field had trained 77,370 technicians who went on to be responsible for vital command and control communication throughout the Air Force.
**Truax Field; Madison, WI
Originally known as "Madison Army Airfield", Truax Field was activated as an Army Air Forces airfield in June 1942 during World War II. During the war it was used by the Army Air Force Eastern Technical Training Center, a major school operating at Truax AAF for training radio operators and mechanics, and later expanded to training in radar operations, control tower operations and other communications fields for the Army Airways Communication Service. A special unit established in 1943 trained radio operators and mechanics on B-29 Superfortress communications equipment. The host unit on the airfield was the 334th (later 3508th) Army Air Force Base Unit. On September 17, 1945, the airfield's mission was changed to that of a separation center, and it was closed as an active AAF airfield on November 30, 1945.
***Chanute Air Force Base, near Rantoul, IL
Chanute Air Force Base (1917–1993) is a former United States Air Force base located south of and adjacent to Rantoul, Illinois, about 130 miles (210 km) south of Chicago. Its primary mission throughout its existence was Air Force technical training. Prior to its closing by BRAC in 1993, Chanute was one of the oldest facilities in the United States Air Force. Chanute Field was established on 21 May 1917, being one of the initial World War I Army Air Service installations.
Training at AL Beech AT-7 Navigator
photo from Milton photo from Milton


photo caption
US Army Seal

ATC (Air Training Command); Chanute/Rantoul, IL
Milton Evans Hartley
US Army Air Corps
Air Training Command, etc.

Photo (portrait in uniform) of Milton
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 all North High School graduates can be found online at Milton Evans Hartley's class page can be viewed at
06/09/10: Living in Elk Run Heights, IA.
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