North High School Wall of Honor
Raymond Brown Turner
Class of January, 1933
(no grad pic)
Research done by Claradell Shedd, Class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
Raymond Brown Turner
Ray graduated in the June, 1933 North High class. He enlisted or was drafted when and where? His service number was 37695414. Ray's next of kin was listed as Mr. Runkel Turner, 1308 25th Street, Des Moines, IA
Raymond Brown Turner
Year x Rank x Status
June, 1933 x x x Graduated from North High, Des Moines, IA
x x x Student at Drake
September 8, 1934 x Family x Married Hazel Marie Buchanan in Des Moines, IA (Euclid Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church). At time of marriage, Raymond lived at 1308 West 25th, Des Moines, IA
1940 x Residence x 1940 Census indicates Ray and Hazel may have lived at 1237 Tenth Street in Des Moines, IA
April 17, 1944 x US Army/PVT x Camp Dodge Herrold, IA
October, 1944 x x x 104th Infantry Regiment; *26th Infantry Division. Departed from United States.
November 18, 1944 x Deceased x Buried at Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, (Moselle) France
*The 26th Infantry Division was an infantry division of the United States Army. As a major formation of the Massachusetts Army National Guard, it was based in Boston, Massachusetts for most of its history. Today, the division's heritage is carried on by the 26th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.

Formed in 1917 consisting of units from the New England area, the division's commander selected the nickname "Yankee Division" to highlight the division's geographic makeup. Sent to Europe in World War I as part of the American Expeditionary Force, the division saw extensive combat in France. Sent to Europe once again for World War II, the division again fought through France, advancing into Germany and liberating the Gusen concentration camp before the end of the war.

The division was assigned to III Corps of the Ninth United States Army, Twelfth United States Army Group. It was shipped from the United States directly to France, and was never sent to Britain. The 26th Infantry Division landed in France at Cherbourg and Utah Beach on 7 September 1944, but did not enter combat as a division until a month later. Elements were on patrol duty along the coast from Carteret to Siouville from 13 to 30 September. The 328th Infantry saw action with the 80th Infantry Division from 5 to 15 October. The division was then reassigned to XII Corps of the Third United States Army. On 7 October, the 26th relieved the 4th Armored Division in the Salonnes-Moncourt-Canal du Rhine au Marne sector, and maintained defensive positions. The division launched a limited objective attack on 22 October, in the Moncourt woods. On 8 November, the division went on the offensive, took Dieuze on 20 November, advanced across the Saar River to Saar Union, and captured it on 2 December, after house-to-house fighting. Reaching Maginot fortifications on 5 December, it regrouped, entering Saareguemines on 8 December. Around this time it was reassigned to III Corps.
Raymond Brown Turner
104th Infantry Regiment
26th Infantry Division
United States Army

US Army Seal

104th Infantry Regiment

Photo of Raymond Brown Turner

26th Infantry Division

Purple Heart
(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) Information was obtained from the virtual wall that 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 Brown Turner's 1933 class page is:
Died: Saturday, 11/18/44.
Music: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
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