High School Wall of Honor
Edwin Dale Waggoner
Class of June, 1942
Research done by Rick Nehrling, class of 1963.
was a member of North High's class of June, 1942. He enlisted
on February 4, 1943 at Camp Dodge, IA. At the time of his enlistment,
he was single with no dependents. His service number was 3765944.
His next of kin was Mrs. L.L. Waggoner, 1103 University, Des Moines,
Dale was a Staff Sergeant tail gunner aboard a B-17 Flying Fortress
attached to the 748th Bomber Squadron, 457th Bomber Group. The
plane to which he was assigned was piloted by Lt. Kenneth R. Johnston.
He died while coming back from a bombing mission on May 4, 1944.
The plane had been hit and damaged. On the way back to England,
it appeared that the pilot was going to have to ditch the plane
in the ocean. The pilot told the crew to toss everything out of
the plane that was not tied down to reduce the weight of the plane
and provide a better chance for the crew to survive the ditching.
Dale was throwing one of the 50 caliber waist guns out of the
plane when the gun accidentally discharged. One of the discharged
rounds hit Dale and killed him. At the last moment before ditching
the plane, the pilot noticed an airstrip and landed the plane
on land. Dale was the only member of the crew to have died on
this mission. Award is the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.
||Dale is buried at
the Cambridge American Cemetery
in Cambridge, England;
His remains are located at Plot C, Row 2, Grave 2
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 http://www.archives.gov/.
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
*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
*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 World War II Army Enlistment Records contain information
on more than 9 million individual enlistments. These records
can be found online at http://www.archives.gov/.
(3) 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 http://www.abmc.gov/home.php.
(4) 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:
Dale Waggoner's 1942 class page is: http://www.ndmhs.com/pages/yearclass1942(1987.45).html.
in action. Died May 4, 1944.
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