North High School Wall of Honor
Kenneth Edwin Moore
Class of January, 1949
Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953.
Kenneth Edwin Moore
Ken graduated from North High in January, 1949. At the time, his next of kin were Mrs. and Mrs. Edwin H. Moore, located at 3936 2nd Avenue, Des Moines, IA. His service number is US160886.

Ken's service duty was in Korea. (as outlined below). He was injured by shrapnal, but refused to accept the Purple Heart because he did not want his parents to know about his injury.
Kenneth Edwin Moore
Year   Rank   Status
January, 1949   Graduated x Graduated from North High, Des Moines, IA
05/31/51   US Army x Enlisted in Des Moines, IA.
date x US Army x Basic training at Ft. Knox, KY.
date x US Army x By transport ship to Korea.
10/12/52 x x x Koje-Do, Korea. Guarding prisoners at Koje-Do, Korea Prison.
03/03/53   US Army Reserve x x
04/01/57 x US Army x Discharged; Camp Carson, CO.
1993 x Civilian; Retired x State of Iowa; Revenue Department; for 20 years.
x x Memorial Brick at Gold Star Museum x  
Koje-Do, Korea; 10/12/52 Korea and Cold Korea
Koje-do Island - a prison camp where over 170,000 communist and non-communist prisoners were held from December 1950 until June 1952. Throughout 1951 and early 1952, upper-level communist agents infiltrated and conquered much of Koje section-by-section by uniting fellow communists, bending dissenters to their will through staged trials and public executions, and exporting allegations of abuse to the international community to benefit the communist negotiation team. In May 1952, Chinese and North Korean prisoners at Koje Island rioted and took Brigadier General Francis T. Dodd captive.
In 1952 the camp's administration was afraid that the prisoners would riot and demonstrate on May Day (a day honoring Communism) and so U.S. navy ships (such as the USS Gunston Hall (LSD-5)) removed 15,000 North Korean and Chinese prisoners from the island and moved them to prison facilities at Ulsan and Cheju-do.
US Army Seal

35th Infantry; Cacti Division
Expert Rifle Badge

Purple Heart
Kenneth Edwin Moore
US Army
Co I, 35th Infantry Regiment; 25th Division

Combat Infantryman's Badge

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 all North High School graduates can be found online at Kenneth Edwin Moore's class page can be viewed at
Deceased: 07/19/09.
Music: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
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