North High School Wall of Honor
G. Kinsey Stewart
Class of June, 1943
Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953.
G. Kinsey Stewart
G. Kinsey Stewart graduated from North High in the June, 1943 class. His next of kin was shown as Mrw. Gladys Stewart, 1420 24th Street, Des Moines, IA. Kinsey enlisted prior to his 18th birthday on February 25, 1943. His service number was 541653.
G. Kinsey Stewart
Year x Rank/Event x Status
February 25, 1943 x Enlisted x Enlisted prior to 18th birthday at Des Moines, IA
June, 1943 x x x Graduated from North High School
date x Enlisted/
US Marines
x His paperwork says he enlisted on February 25, 1943 in Des Moines, IA.
date x x x V-12 Training Program. Officers Training for US Marine Corps. F Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Regiment, 2nd Marine Division
date x Award x date
date x Enroute x date
August 21, 1945 xx Enroute xx Departed United States
July 12, 1946 x Enroute x Return to United States
July 18, 19466 x Discharged/
x where?
bef June 27, 1993 x Employment x Lived in Saucier, MS
June 27, 1993 x Deceased x Gulfport, MS. Died after returning from his 50th North High School Reunion. Died of a heart ailment.
aft July 27, 1993 x Burial x Biloxi Southern Memorial Park, Harrison, MS
*F Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Regiment, 2nd Marine Division
2nd Battalion, 6th Marines (2/6) is an infantry battalion in the United States Marine Corps based out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Also known as "The Ready Battalion" or "2/6 Spartans", it consists of approximately 800 Marines and Sailors and falls under the command of the 6th Marine Regiment and the 2nd Marine Division.

From May to July 1941 2/6 reassigned to the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade and deployed to garrison Reykjavík, Iceland against possible German invasion. In March 1942 the battalion returned to San Diego and was reassigned to the 2nd Marine Division.

In the fall of 1942 2/6 sailed to Wellington, New Zealand where it began advanced combat training. This was followed by movement to Guadalcanal on January 1, 1943. The 2/6 also took part in the Battle of Tarawa. That was on November 21, 1943, the second day of the Battle of Tarawa.

On June 15, 1944 the battalion landed on Saipan in the Marianas Islands to take part in the Battle of Saipan. Following the end of the war, 2/6 landed at Nagasaki to take part in the Occupation of Japan from September 1945 until July 1946. In August 1946 the battalion relocated to Camp Pendleton, California.

As part of the post war draw down of forces, 2/6 was deactivated on October 1, 1947.

The exploits of the 2/6 were immortalized in the WWII classic novel, "Battle Cry", by Leon Uris. Although the characters were fictional, the movements of the 2/6 were historically accurate and were based on Uris' own experiences in the 2/6 during WWII as a PFC.

V-12 Navy College Training Program
The V-12 program's goal was to produce officers, unlike the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP), which sought to turn out more than 200,000 technically trained personnel in such fields as engineering, foreign languages, and medicine.[citation needed] Running from 1942 to 1944, its recruits were expected but not required to become officers at the end of their training.

The purpose of the V-12 program was to generate a large number of officers for both the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to meet the demands of World War II, far beyond that turned out annually by the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis and standing U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School to that point. Once enrollees completed their V-12 subsidized Bachelor's degree programs, their next step toward obtaining a commission depended on service branch:

Which vessel to Pacific Theater in August, 1945?
Biloxi Southern Memorial Park, Harrison, MS
G. Kinsey Stewart
2nd Marine Division
United States Marine Corps

US Marine Corps Insignia

2nd Marine Division

2nd Bat, 5th Regt, 2nd Marines

Corporal, US Marines
 Marine Good Conduct Medal awarded August 16, 1943
Get correct medals: Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with Service Ribbon
(1) The World War II Army Enlistment Records contain information on more than nine million indivdual enlistments. These records can be found online 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: G. Kinsey Stewart's 1943 class page is:
Died: 06/27/93.
Music: "Semper Fidelis"
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