North High School Wall of Honor
Frank Carson Lorey, Jr.
Graduated June, 1944
Research done by Claradell Shedd, Class of 1953.
Frank Carson Lorey, Jr.

Frank enlisted in the US Navy in 1944 in Des Moines, IA. His service number was 322-26-27. Frank's next of kin was listed as Mr. Frank C. Lorey, 1014 Clinton, Des Moines, IA.

Frank Carson Lorey, Jr.
Year   Rank   Status
June 30, 1944 x Enlisted in US Navy x Received diploma for June, 1944 graduation later. Enlisted in US Navy two weeks prior to graduation. The principal of North High, S.E. Thomspon and Frank's father arranged for Frank to continue at North High until his graduation two weeks later. The day after graduation, Frank left for US Navy Basic Training at Camp Farragut, ID.
date x Boot camp x Camp Farragut, ID. Twelve weeks.
1944 x Training x Small Class Training Center, Terminal Island, CA. Twelve weeks
December 31, 1944 x x USS Duxbury Bay, AVP-38. Lake Washington Shipyards, Seattle, WA. Families of workmen had a party when ship was commissioned. They gave us an ice cream machine. Only ship on Okinawa which had an ice cream machine. Pilots would line up at our ship to get ice cream.
December 20, 1944 x Enroute x SFO, San Diego. Loaded cargo to take to Hawaii. Cargo deposited at Naval Air Station in Hawaii
April 12, 1945 x Stationed x Ulithi Atoll in the Pacific Island. Preparations for the invasion of Okinawa. Was there on day President Roosevelt died.
1944-1946 x Stationed in Pacific Theater x Service on USS Duxbury Bay AVP-38 on Ulithi Atoll, Keramo Retto, Ryukyu Islands: Rearmed and refueled (tendered) 62-63 seaplanes. Bunk was directly above a 30,000 gallon fuel tank. Just after the detonition of the second atomic bomb, when we won Okinawa and the Japanase surrendered, we had 350,000 men on Okinawa preparing for the invasion of Japan. The U.S. dispersed these troops. My group was sent to China: 4 months at Tsingtao, 4 Shanghai, 4 months at Kwang Tao. By the end of that Chinese exposure, Frank had learned to speak Chinese. He still speaks Chinese, in his monthly luncheons with Chinese acquaintances in San Diego.
June 9, 1946 x US Navy x Returned from foreign assignment from China to San Francisco. 18 days.
June 9, 1946 x Discharged/S1C
x Where and when? Minneapolis, MN.
Discharged as S1C (Seaman First Class)
June 9, 1946 x US Navy Reserves x Joined US Navy Reserves in Des Moines, IA. (for two years)
1946 x x 1950- BS in education
x x During his Drake college years, he worked for the Iowa Highway Patrol at various county court houses where he would give written and driving tests. Frank was required to write a summons for people who were driving a red car. In those days, it was against the law to have a red car, because only Fire Departments could have red cars.
May 25, 1953 Family Married Anna Rowene Dykhuizen (Roosevelt/1946) at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Des Moines, IA.
1954 x x Masters degree in education
1954 x x Queen Mary from New York to Southampton. Train to St. Andrews, Scotland.
after 1954 x Education x Frank and Anna both studied at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Received doctorates 1957.
1954-1992 x Employment x For 38 years, taught at Muirlands Junior High and at LaJolla High School, CA 9th & 10th grade geography and history. Encouraged two dozen of these students to enroll in Drake University. This coming September 7, 2017 tribute to Frank Carson Lorey, Jr.'s legacy will be installed on wall of new Educational University College Building at Drake University. During his 38 years at LaJolla High School, every spring he would take his students to New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Williamsburg, VA.
1992-Present x Family x Retired in San Diego
April 8, 2017 x Civilian x Living in San Diego, CA
Federal Building, Des Moines, IA Farragut Naval Training Station, ID
Enlisted at Old Federal Building, Des Moines Naval Training Station, Farragut, ID
USS Duxbury Bay; AVP-38; Barnegat-class small seaplane tender
Citations and Campaign Ribbons for USS Duxbury Bay, AVP-38
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row: Navy Expeditionary Service Medal (1-Cuba); American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Third Row: World War II Victory Medal; Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia Clasp); National Defense Service Medal
Farragut Naval Air Training Center; Farragut, ID
Farragut Naval Base rose almost overnight on wide-open fields and rolling hills that had once served as a seasonal stop for early Indian and pioneer migrations. In late 1941, the U.S. government snapped up the land from private owners, Kootenai County, and a railway company to establish an inland naval base more than 300 miles away from the western coastline, where the nation feared a Japanese invasion. For the next nine months more than 22,000 men worked 10-hour shifts for 13 of every 14 days for Walter Butler Construction Co. to build mess halls, libraries, movie theaters, living quarters, chapels and other buildings. In the great hurry and with a supply crunch, many of the 776 buildings were constructed with green wood. The flurry of construction activity provided a giant economic shot-in-the-arm for surrounding communities like Sandpoint, still mired in a slow revival from the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Between its opening in September, 1942, and its decommissioning in June, 1946, this stunning expanse of 4,000 acres served as temporary home to almost 300,000 naval recruits. Located about 30 miles from Sandpoint at the far end of the lake, the Farragut Naval Training Station -- briefly to become Idaho's largest city -- served as boot camp for "Blue Jackets." During basic training, recruits left home for the first time, came to Farragut and learned to how march, row, swim and use firearms before heading off to the Mediterranean Sea or the South Pacific. Others received additional training as signalman's gunner's mat

Small Class Training Center, Terminal Island, CA
In 1941 the Long Beach Naval Station became located adjacent to the airfield. In 1942 the Naval Reserve Training Facility was transferred, and a year later NAB San Pedro's status was downgraded to a Naval Air Station (NAS Terminal Island). Reeves Field as a Naval Air Station was disestablished in 1947, although the adjacent Long Beach Naval Station would continue to use Reeves Field as an auxiliary airfield until the late 1990s.[4] A large industrial facility now covers the site of the former Naval Air Station.

USS Duxbury Bay, AVP-38, a Barnegat-class small seaplane tender

Commanding Officer: CDR Frank Northey Howe; 31 Dec 1944-June 1946
Duxbury Bay departed San Diego, California, on 12 March 1945, called at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and tended seaplanes at Eniwetok and Ulithi Atoll before arriving at Kerama Retto off Okinawa on 29 April 1945. She supported the United States Third Fleet through service as seadrome control tender, mail ship, movie exchange, and gasoline supply ship for small craft until cessation of hostilities with Japan and the end of World War II on 15 August 1945.

After the end of World War II, Duxbury Bay served in the Far East, tending patrol squadrons at Shanghai and Tsingtao in China, Jinsen in Korea, and Hong Kong. She then returned to the United States, arriving at San Francisco, California, on 20 October 1946.

Ulithi Atoll
Ulithi (Yapese: Wulthiy, Yulthiy, or Wugöy[1]) is an atoll in the Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean, about 191 km (103 nautical mi) east of Yap. It consists of 40 islets totalling 4.5 km2 (1.7 sq mi), surrounding a lagoon about 36 km (22 mi) long and up to 24 km (15 mi) wide—at 548 km2 (212 sq mi) one of the largest in the world. It is administered by the state of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia. Ulithi's population was 773 in 2000. There are four inhabited islands on Ulithi Atoll. They are Falalop (Ulithian: Fl'aalop), Asor (Yasor), Mogmog (Mwagmwog), and Fedarai (Fedraey). Falalop is the most accessible with an air strip, a small resort hotel, gas dealership, store and one of three public high schools in Yap state. Mogmog is the seat of the high chief of Ulithi Atoll though each island has its own chief. Other important islands are Losiap (Ulithian: L'oosiyep), Sorlen (Sohl'oay), and Potangeras (Potoangroas).

The atoll is in the westernmost of the Caroline Islands, 360 miles (580 km) southwest of Guam, 850 miles (1,370 km) east of the Philippines and 1,300 miles (2,100 km) south of Tokyo. It is a typical volcanic atoll, with a coral reef, white sand beaches and palm trees. Ulithi's forty small islands barely rise above the sea, with the largest being only one-half square mile (1.3 square kilometres) in area. However the reef runs roughly twenty miles (32 kilometres) north and south, by ten miles (16 kilometres) across, enclosing a vast anchorage with an average depth of 80 to 100 feet (24–30 m). Ulithi was a major staging area for the U.S. Navy in the final year of the Second World War. Several sunken warships rest at the bottom of the Ulithi lagoon, including the USS Mississinewa (AO-59), a fleet oiler which sank fully loaded.[2][3] The sunken tanker was found to be seeping oil into the lagoon. The United States Navy responded, locating the tanker, tapping her storage tanks, and pumped off her oil. The cleanup operation was completed in February 2003.

At Mount Soledad WWII Veterans Memorial, LaJolla, CA
2012: Frank & Anna Lorey Family
2012: Frank and Anna Lorey Family
Frank Carson Lorey, Jr.
Seaman First Class
Navy Group
United States Navy

US Navy Seal

US Navy Insignia

Frank Carson Lorey, Jr.

USS Dusbury Bay, AVP-38

Seaman First Class

China Service; American Campaign,
Asiatic-Pacific Medal w/2 stars;
WW Victory, Navy Occupation w/Asia Clasp

(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: Frank Carson Lorey's 1944 class page is:
Frank Carson Lorey, Jr.
04/08/17: Living in CA.
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