North High School Wall of Honor
Wendell West McLaughlin
Class of January, 1934
Research done by Claradell Shedd, Class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
Wendell West McLaughlin
Wendell graduated in the January, 1934 North High class. He enlisted or was drafted when and where? His service number was ___________. Wendell's next of kin was listed as Mr.and Mrs. J.W. McLaughlin, 1133 25th Street, Des Moines, IA.
Wendell West McLaughlin
Year x Rank x Status
January, 1934 x x x Graduated from North High, Des Moines, IA
date x Student x Drake. Timing? Before or after military service?
March 8, 1942 x Family x Married Opal at University Church, Des Moines, IA
April 4, 1942 x US Army x Drafted one month after marriage to Opal. Drafted at Camp Dodge, IA.
date x US Army x ? Infantry Regiment; ? Infantry Division. *Fort Warren, Wyoming. US Army Military Police.
January 6, 1946 x US Army/Sgt. x Discharged. Where?
date x x Drake University. Football injury while at Drake.
x Employment x Younkers in Des Moines, IA. Worked for a friend in the roofing industry. Worked on the Des Moines Police Force for 29 years.
1971 x Civilian x Retired
March 28, 1978 x Deceased x Des Moines, IA
*Fort Warren, Wyoming
Fort D. A. Russell, also known as Fort Francis E. Warren, Francis E. Warren Air Force Base and Fort David A. Russell, was a post and base of operations for the United States Army, and later the Air Force, located in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The fort had been established in 1867 to protect workers for the Union Pacific Railroad.[2] It was named in honor of David Allen Russell, a Civil War general killed at the Battle of Opequon. In 1930, the fort's name was changed to Fort Francis E. Warren. In 1949, it became Francis E. Warren Air Force Base.

During World War II, Fort Francis E. Warren served as a training facility for the US Army Quartermaster Corps. A prisoner of war camp was also constructed on the site.
Fort Warren, Wyoming Omaha, NE Green River, Wyoming
Wendell West McLaughlin
? Infantry Division
United States Army

US Army Seal

104th Infantry Regiment

Photo of Wendell West McLaughlin

26th Infantry Division

US Army Military Police Insignia
(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) Information was obtained from the virtual wall that can be found online at

(3) 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: Wendell West McLaughlin's 1934 class page is:
Died: 03/28/78.
Music: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
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