North High School Wall of Honor
Theodore Robert Lyons
Class of August, 1943
Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
Theodore Robert Lyons
Theodore Robert Lyons graduated from North High in the August, 1943 class. His next of kin was shown as Mr. Harry Floyd Lyons, 1506 Jefferson Avenue, Des Moines, IA. Ted enlisted in the US Army Air Corps before graduating from North High in August, 1943. He finished his high school work and was immediately sent to Keesler Field, MS for his basic training. His service number was ___________.
Theodore Robert Lyons
Year x Rank/Event x Status
August, 1943 x x x Graduated from North High School
August, 1943 x Enlisted/
US Army
Air Corps
x Enlisted while attending North High. He graduated and then was immediately sent to his basic training with the Third Air Force.
date, 1943 x Training x Basic Training at *Keesler Field; Biloxi, MS
date x Training x Pre-Aviation Cadet Training; Columbia, SC
date x x x Training at:
**MacDill Air Force Base, FL
***Seymour Johnson, NC
date x Training x Medical Training School in USAF Combat Control; Macon, GA
November, 1946 x x x Discharged. When and where?
date x Civilian x In Des Moines, IA area.
*Keesler Air Force Base; Biloxi, MS
Keesler Air Force Base (IATA: BIX, ICAO: KBIX, FAA LID: BIX) is a United States Air Force base located in Biloxi, a city in Harrison County, Mississippi, United States. In early January 1941, Biloxi city officials assembled a formal offer to invite the United States Army to build a base to support the World War II training buildup. The War Department activated Army Air Corps Station No. 8, Aviation Mechanics School, Biloxi, Mississippi, on 12 June 1941. On August 25, 1941, the base was dedicated as Keesler Army Airfield, in honor of 2d Lt Samuel Reeves Keesler, Jr., a Mississippi native and distinguished aerial gunner, killed in action in France during the First World War.

During 1943, the soldiers in training included pre-aviation cadets, radio operators, aviation technicians, bombardiers, and aviation mechanics.

**MacDill Air Force Base, FL
MacDill Air Force Base (AFB) (IATA: MCF, ICAO: KMCF, FAA LID: MCF) is a United States Air Force base located approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) south-southwest of Tampa, Florida.

In the summer of 1942 the 21st Bombardment Group (Medium) was activated and served at MacDill as the OTU for Martin B-26 Marauder training. As well as the main training unit, the group flew antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. It disbanded on 10 October 1943.

***Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, SC

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base (IATA: GSB, ICAO: KGSB, FAA LID: GSB) is a United States Air Force base located within the city limits of Goldsboro, North Carolina. The base is named for Navy test pilot Seymour Johnson, a native of Goldsboro. It is home to the 4th Fighter Wing (4 FW) of the Air Combat Command (ACC) and the 916th Air Refueling Wing (916 ARW), an Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) unit operationally gained by the Air Mobility Command (AMC).

Construction of Seymour Johnson Field started on 9 March 1942 and by 10 July 1942 the 333d Base HQ and Air Base Squadron was established as the host unit. Col Walter J. Reed was the first commander. Seymour Johnson Field was assigned to the USAAF Technical Training Command, and the airfield's initial mission was Field Aviation Cadet Pre-Technical School Training in bomber mechanics.

The 76th Training Wing was activated at Seymour Johnson on 26 February 1943 and the airfield's mission was changed to training replacement pilots for the P-47 Thunderbolt
Theodore Robert Lyons
3rd Air Force
US Army Air Corps

US Army Insignia

3rd Air Force patch

Photo of
Theodore Robert Lyons
Air Mobility Command; MacDill Air Force Base, FL

ACC/Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
(1) The World War II Army Enlistment Records contain information on more than nine million indivdual enlistments. These records can be found online 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: Theodore Robert Lyons's 1943 class page is:
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