North High School Wall of Honor
Raymond Larry Snodgrass
Class of June, 1942
Research done by Rick Nehrling, class of 1963.
Raymond Larry Snodgrass
Raymond was a member of North High's class of June, 1942. His service number was 0-776818. His next of kin was Raymond Arthur Snodgrass, 1429 27th Street, Des Moines, IA.

His death was reported as KIA; killed in action. He was shot down during the battle of Lorraine, France. At the time of his death, his rank was 2 Lt. - Second Lieutenant. Award is the Purple Heart.

Information obtained from the American Battle Monuments Commission shows that Raymond died on October 7, 1944 as a member of the 331st Bomber Squadron, 94th Bomber Group, Heavy. He is buried at the Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France.
94th Bomber Group B-17 Flying Fortress 331st Bomber Squadron
Raymond is buried at the Lorraine American Cemetery,
St. Avold, France. The Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in France covers 113.5 acres and contains the largest number of graves of our military dead of WWII in Europe, a total of 10,489. His remains are located at Plot A, Row 21, Grave 50.

The above information was obtained from the following:
(1) The World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel were created by the War Department, the Adjutant General's Office, Administrative Services Division, Strength Accounting Branch. The original records are held at the Modern Military records LICON, Textural Services Division (NWCTM), National Archives at College Park, Maryland. The records are available online at
The documents contain the latest and most complete information available of all Army and Army Air Force personnel who were killed or died, or became and remained missing between the President's declaration of unlimited national emergency on May 27, 1941, and the cut-off date of this report, January 31, 1946. This document includes both battle and nonbattle dead and missing.

The type of casualty is indicated by the following:

    * KIA - Killed in Action. This is an individual who was killed in action at the front, by enemy action in the rear, or if a prisoner of war.
    * DOW - Died of Wounds. This is an individual was who wounded and later died.
    * DOI - This is an individual who suffered fatal battle injuries and died in a line of duty status.
    *DNB - Died Nonbattle. This is an individual who died in a line of duty death, such as from sickness, homicide, suicide, or accidents outside of combat areas (training).
    *M - Missing. This is an individual who is reported as missing and later was determined to be dead.
    *FOD - Finding of Death. Findings of death fall within Public Law 490 and its amendments and are made when there is either conclusive proof that the person is dead or equally overwhelming evidence that under the circumstances the person could not have remained alive.

This document contains the names of those individuals who died in the line of duty status. Those individuals who were not in the line of duty at the time of their death are not listed in this document.

(2) The American Battle Monuments Commission was established in 1923 to commemorate the service, achievements, and sacrifice of US Armed Forces. There are 24 overseas cemeteries that serve as the final resting places for almost 125,000 American war dead. The servicemen and women are listed on tablets of the missing that memorialize these men and women. These records can be found online at

(3) 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: Raymond Larry Snodgrass's 1942 class page is:

Killed in action. Died October 7, 1944.
Music: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
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