North High School Wall of Honor
Beatrice Newcomb (McCracken)
Class of June, 1942

Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953.
Beatrice Newcomb
Beatrice graduated from North High in June, 1942. She enlisted in the WAVES at the Federal Building in Des Moines on September 13, 1944. Her service number was 7668278. Her next of kin was shown as Mrs. Isabel Newcomb, 1601 20th Street Place, Des Moines, IA.
During her military service, Beatrice was called "Jonny".
Beatrice Newcomb; Seaman 2nd Class
Beatrice Newcomb (McCracken)
Year   Rank   Status
June, 1942 x   x Graduated from North High School, Des Moines, IA
Employed x x x Employed at Des Moines Theater on Grand Avenue/usherette;
Gephart Photographic Studio on East side;
Northwestern Bell & Telephone Co.; 925 High Street, DM, IA.
September 13, 1944 x US Naval Reserve;
x Enlisted at the Federal Building in Des Moines in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) 1944-1946.
November 3, 1944   Stationed   Took train to the Bronx, New York. Six weeks of boot camp at Hunter College.
1945 x Stationed xx Communications work. Indiana; Chemical Warfare Service Base; (Vigo Plant) six miles outside of Terre Haute, IN. Left around Christmas, 1944
4 months x Yeoman 3rd Class x Great Lakes Naval Training Station; Great Lakes, IL. Communications. Stenographic work.
May 15, 1946 x Mustered out x At Great Lakes Naval Training Station, IL
x x x x Returned to work at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company (had been granted leave from work during military service).
May 15, 1946 x x x To California. Married to Herbert S. McCracken at Forest Lawn.
1948 x x x Returned to Iowa.
1964 x x x Returned to California. Has lived in Costa Mesa, CA since.
US Navy Insignia US Navy Seal
Join the Waves! Hunter College 1945: Near Terre Haute, IN
Summer uniform minus jacket
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 Beatrice Newcomb McCracken's 1942 class page can be viewed at:
03/28/10: Living in Costa Mesa, CA
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