North High School Wall of Honor
Howard Lee Honett
Class of June, 1943
Research done by Claradell Shedd, Class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
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Howard Lee Honett

Howard graduated in the June, 1943 North High class.. He enlisted in the US Naval Air Force in Des Moines, IA, but was sent to Kansas City, MO for testing. His service number was_________. Robert's next of kin was listed as Mrs. Ruth Hood, 2419 Cottage Grove Avenue, Des Moines, IA.

Howard Lee Honett
Year   Rank   Status
June, 1943   Graduated   Graduated from North High School, Des Moines, IA.
date x Student/Graduated x Schooling?
April 10, 1944 x Enlisted in
US Naval Air Force
x Des Moines, IA. Was 17 years old.
date x Basic Testing x Kansas City, MO. (I was one of 23 out of 70 who made it)
date x Schooling/Training x One year at NW Missouri State; Maryville, MO. OCS/Officers' Training School
date x Schooling Chose aerial gunnery school at Whidbey Island, WA.
(voluntarily volunteered "out of Air Force").
date x Preflight School x Back into Air Force. Norman, OK
date x Survival School x Livermore, CA
1945 x Flight School x 9th Naval District Command; *US Naval Air Station, Glenview, IL. Flying Stearman N2S biplanes.
Sept.17, 1945 Discharged **Wold-Chamberlain Air Field, Minneapolis, MN
Jan. 1946
x Schooling x Iowa State College; Ames, IA. Finished sophomore year.
Jan. 1946-
June, 1949
x Schooling x Milwaukee School of Engineering. Graduated June, 1949, specializing in heating, air conditioning, etc.
date x Civilian x

CEO, President, of Honett Engineered Systems, Inc., HVAC

*Glenview Naval Air Station; Glenview, IL
Naval Air Station Glenview or NAS Glenview was an operational U.S. Naval Air Station from 1923 to 1995. Located in Glenview, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, the air base primarily operated seaplanes on nearby Lake Michigan, and later, P-3 Orions, stationed there as a staging point for anti-submarine warfare against Soviet submarines.

**Wold-Chamberlain Air Field; Minneapolis, MN

In 1921, the airport was renamed Wold-Chamberlain Field for the World War I pilots Ernest Groves Wold and Cyrus Foss Chamberlain. In 1944, the site was renamed to Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Airport/Wold-Chamberlain Field, with "International" replacing "Metropolitan" four years later.
Glenview Naval Air Station, IL; N2S (Stearman Biplane)
Howard Lee Honett
United States Navy

US Navy Seal

Naval Air Station; Whidbey Island, WA

(Photo of Howard Lee Honett)

US Navy Insignia

US Naval Air Station; Glenview, IL
Legion of Merit w/Gold Star in leiu of second award; Bronze Star with combat "V" for Valor; Top: White House Service Badge; Bottom; Command Ashore Badge; Meritorious Service with Gold Star; Navy Commendation Medal

Examples above are:
Legion of Merit with Gold Star in lieu of Second Award; Bronze Star
with Combat "V" (valor); (top) White House Service Badge;
(bottom) Command Ashore Badge; Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star;
Navy Commendation 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: Howard Lee Honett's 1943 class page is:
07/22/10. Lives in WI. Has 33 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren.
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