North High School Wall of Honor
Donald Wayne Preston
Class of June, 1941
Research done by Claradell Shedd, Class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
Donald Wayne Preston

Don enlisted (or was drafted?) in the US Navy in April 6, 1944. His service number was 860-43-03. Don's next of kin was listed as Mr. Otis Clifton Preston, 925 19th Street, Des Moines, IA. The entries below will be substituted for the correct information, when received, for Donald Wayne Preston.

Donald Wayne Preston
Year   Rank   Status
bef June, 1941 x In Des Moines x Carried papers during high school for the Des Moines Register in the late 1930;s and early 1940's.
June, 1941 North High School Graduated from North High School.
date x Civilian x Iowa High School and College Football and Basketball referee.
April 6 , 1944 x Enlisted in US Navy/Rank x Old Federal Building, Des Moines, IA
date x Boot camp x Naval Training Station, Camp Farragut, ID. Twelve weeks. Navy 311; Navy 24
date x Training x Naval Training Station, Corpus Christi, TX.
date x Training x San Diego, California. C.A.S.U. #5
July 10, 1944 x Enroute x USS Shipley Bay (CVE-85)
July 18, 1944 x Enroute/SC2 x CASU Five
August 4, 1944 x Enroute/SV6 x Transferred to Naval Hospital, Oakland, California for treatment. Receiving ship was in San Francisco, CA
August 25, 1944 x Enroute x Returned to United States duty
Sept.2, 1944 x US Navy/Rank x Discharged from US Navy
1947 US Navy Reserves Separation from US Navy Reserves
1949 x Employment x Lived at 4012 1st Street in Des Moines, IA
after 1949 x Schooling/employment x California State University at Los Angeles; BA, Political Science
June 27, 1962
x Family x Married Maxine Lorraine McCrory, Los Angeles, CA. Married in Orange, CA
date x Employment x Burbank, CA Fire Department
date x Employment x Insurance broker
1975 x Employment/Interest x Society of Singers; Beverly Hills, CA. VP and Treasurer
Present x Civilian x Newport Beach, CA
May 16, 2015 x Deceased x Newport Beach, CA
Enlisted at Old Federal Building, Des Moines Naval Training Station, Farragut, ID
USO Club; Farragut, ID Married to Maxine Lorraine McCrory
June 27, 1962; Los Angeles, CA
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Correct photos of Donald Wayne Preston coming
USS Shipley Bay (CVE-85)
Call Sign for USS Shipley Bay, CVE-85
November - Kilo - Yankee - Echo
USS Shipley Bay, CVE-85, a Casablanca class escort carrier
Shipley Bay moved down the coast and operated in the San Diego-San Pedro area until 3 May when the carrier began her maiden voyage to Pearl Harbor and the South Pacific ferrying planes and pilots to advance bases. She shuttled between the west coast, Pearl Harbor, Majuro Atoll, Guadalcanal, and Tulagi until October. During this period, the carrier transported 496 aircraft.

Shipley Bay's next assignment was that of replenishment carrier, delivering pilots, aircraft, and ammunition to the fast carriers operating with Task Force (TF) 38. She rendezvoused with TF 38 for three resupply missions, delivering 100 planes. The first rendezvous was made from 17 October to 29 October, 150 miles east of Samar, P.I.; the second took place 450 miles east of Luzon from 10 December to 24 December; and the last, from 26 December 1944 to 12 January 1945, occurred 350 miles northeast of Luzon. Shipley Bay returned to Pearl Harbor and operated as a training carrier for the next three months.

Donald Wayne Preston
Seaman Second Class
Navy Group
United States Navy

US Navy Seal

US Navy Insignia

USS Shipley Bay cap

Donald Wayne Preston

3rd Class Radioman

2nd Class Radioman

Seaman Second Class Stripes

American Campaign; Victory Medal; Navy Expeditionary Medal; United National Service Medal/Korea; Korean War Medal

Examples: American Campaign medal awarded ship in 1942;
Victory Medal; Navy Expeditionary Medal;
United Nations Service Medal/Korea; Korean War Medal;

(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) 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: Donald Wayne Preston's 1941 class page is
Living in Newport Beach, CA. Died 05/16/15.
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