North High School Wall of Honor
Leslie Floyd Lampman, Jr.
Class of June, 1939
Died FOD; Finding of Death; April 28, 1944
Research done by Rick Nehrling, class of 1963 and Claradell Gergely Shedd, class of 1953.
Leslie Floyd Lampman, Jr.
Leslie was a member of North High's class of June, 1939. He was in Home Room 101. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on July 3, 1940 at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. At the time of his enlistment, he was single with no dependents. His serial number is 17003017. His death was reported as FOD-Finding of Death. At the time of his death, his rank was S/Sgt - Staff Sergeant. At the time of Leslie's entry into the US Army, he resided at 1510 Ninth Street in Des Moines with his parents, Leslie Floyd Lampman, Sr. and his wife, Mary Jane. Floyd married Mary Anne West, North High, Class of June, 1939, on October 10, 1942 in Des Moines at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.
Leslie Floyd Lampman, Jr.
Year   Rank   Status
June, 1939 x Graduated x Graduated from North Des Moines High School. He was in Home Room 101.
July 3, 1940   Enlistment   Enlisted in US Army at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. Resided at 1510 Ninth Street in Des Moines with his parents, Leslie Floyd Lampman, Sr. and Mary Jane Lampman..
September 1, 1941   Enlisted Paperwork completed in 1949 by his family after his death indicates he entered into active service on September 1, 1941.
October 10, 1942 x Family x Married Mary Anne West (North High School; June, 1939) at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Des Moines, Iowa.
January 15, 1944 x Enroute x Left US for Europe. Was in 344th Bombardment Group; 496th Bombardment Squadron; France
April 24, 1944   Family Daughter Candace Allene Lampman born in Des Moines, Iowa.
April 28, 1944 x Death x Shot down at Fort Mardick, France near Dunkirk.
December 19, 1949 x Burial x Remains requested by family and Leslie Floyd Lampman, Jr. was interred at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
1944 Leslie Floyd Lampman Leslie Floyd Lampman, Jr. gravesite
Remains requested, interred 19 Dec 1949;
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery; Plot U, 0, 50; Section U, Site 50

US Army

344th Bombardment Group

Staff Sergeant

Leslie Floyd Lampman, Jr.
Staff Sergeant
344 Bombardment Group;
496th Bombardment Squadron
U.S. Army

Leslie Floyd Lampman

Purple Heart
Purple Heart
Leslie served in the 344th Bombardment Group/496th Bombardment Squadron in France.

The 344th Bombardment Group (Medium) was formed on August 18, 1942 and activated on September 8, 1942. The unit was deployed to the Ninth Air Force in Western Europe during World War II as a B-26 Marauder medium bomber group. The B-26 carried a crew of six: pilot, co-pilot, bombardier, waist gunner, a top turret gunner, and a tail gunner. The 344th Bombardment group was selected to lead the IX Bomber Coommand formations on D-Day and participated in other actions in Curope bombing airfields, coastal shelters, submarine pens, and other targers in Belgium, France, and Holland. The unit was awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation for the missions it flew in Europe.

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 was 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 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 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 only 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 nine million individual enlistments. These records can be found online at (

(3) The comprehensive list of names from North High's 1893-2023 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 Leslie Floyd Lampman's 1939 class page can be viewed at
Deceased: FOD; Finding of Death. Died April 28, 1944, Fort Mardick, France near Dunkirk.
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