North High School Wall of Honor
Robert Lee Onnen
Class of August, 1941 or thereabouts
Robert Lee Onnen
Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953.
Robert Lee Onnen
Robert might have graduated from North High in August, 1941 or thereabouts. At the time, his next of kin was Mr. John H. Onnen, 3419 Oxford Street, Des Moines, IA. His service number is _______.
Robert Lee Onnen
Year   Rank   Status
February 10 , 1941   xIowa National Guard   Enlisted in the Iowa National Guard when 16. Lied about his age.
January, 1941 x Student x Called for active duty while still at North High.
date   US Army   Basic Training. Camp Claiborne, LA
date x US Army x Panama Canal Zone; Quartermaster Corps
date   Enroute   Stationed in NY. Troop ships brought German POW's and Bob's unit processed them to various locations throughout the U.S.
April, 1945 x Stationed x Fort Leonard Wood, MO
date x US Army x Discharge where and when?
1947 x Drake University x Drake University. Business major. Eventually got his BS at Drake.
Commerce. Chi Delta
May 27, 1949 x Family x Married Joyce Leona Hamilton in Des Moines, IA
date x Civilian x Amateur Radio (Ham) Operator; K0BWK
date x Employment x Computer programmer
February 16, 2009 x Deceased x Des Moines, IA 50315
Bob enlisted in the Iowa National Guard when he was 16 (he lied about his age). He was called for active duty with the Guard in January, 1941 while still a student at North High. His graduating class would have been in 1941. He was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone where he was in the Quartermasters Corps. His rank was Technical Corporal. He was there for about 3 years.
Recruiting Station at KRNT-TV Camp Claiborne, LA
Des Moines Armed Forces
Examining and Entrance Station (AFEES at KRNT
Camp Claiborne, LA
Fort Leonard Wood, MO Camp Claiborne, LA
Fort Leonard Wood, MO Camp Claiborne, LA
Robert Lee Onnen
February, 1945: Robert Lee Onnen
First home leave after rotation to the States
(Warren Harding is building in extreme rear)

US Army Seal

Robert Lee Onnen
Technical Corporal/Army Tec5
Quartermasters Corps
US Army

Robert Lee Onnen; February, 1945

Quartermaster Corps

Army Tec5
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 Robert Lee Onnen's 1941class page can be viewed at
Died 02/16/09. Obituary:
Music: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
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