North High School Wall of Honor
Burton J. Press
Class of January, 1943
Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953.
Burton J. Press
Burt graduated from North High in January, 1943. At the time, his next of kin was Mrs. Harry H. Press, located at 1340 5th Street, Des Moines, IA. His service number is 37679520.
Burton J. Press
Year   Rank   Status
January, 1943   Graduated   Graduated from North High, Des Moines, IA
1943 x x One semester at Drake University
10/43   US Army   Drafted in Des Moines (Camp Dodge, IA)
date x US Army x 17 weeks Basic training in Camp Abbott, OR, specializing in Engineering (US Army Combat Engineer Group)
Feb.1944   US Army   Three months. Training an an electrician for the Army.
Army Electrical Trade School; Manhattan, NY.
    US Army/
Tech Sgt. 4
  MOS was changed from combat engineer to electrician.
date x US Army x By troop transport ship MS Noordam to New Guinea.
We were five berths high; The coveted berth was on the top!
01/45 x US Army x Philippines. (replacement depot and now would be practicing his electrician's skills). Chemical Warfare Training Center.
2/46 x Enroute x Ship from Philippines to San Francisco, CA
Train to Fort Leavenworth, KS
Discharged; Fort Leavenworth, KS
Train to Des Moines
Dec. 1949
x x Iowa State College; Ames, IA. Major: Engineering
date x Civilian x Career: CA: Western Pacific Railroad; Cost Accounting Construction Engineer; then
IRS/San Francisco, CA;
Railroad Accounting; for 25 years.
July 22, 2012 x Deceased x San Mateo, CA 94402
Burt; 02/46 New Guinea
map of where Burton served
MS Noordam (converted troop ship)
to New Guinea and Philippines
US Army Seal

Technical Sergeant 4
Burton J. Press
Technical Sergeant 4
US Army
Combat Engineer Battalion

Combat Engineer Battalion

Photo (portrait in uniform) of Burt

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 Burton J. Press's class page can be viewed at
04/29/10: Living in San Mateo, CA. Died 07/22/12.
Music: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
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