North High School Wall of Honor
Harold Yeglin
Class of June, 1943
Research done by Claradell Shedd, Class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
Harold Yeglin
Harold was a member of North High's class of June, 1943. His next of kin was Mr. and Mrs. Philip Yeglin who lived at 1314 College Avenue, Des Moines, IA. Harold's service number was xxxx.
Harold Yeglin
Year   Rank   Status
June, 1943   x   Graduated from North High, Des Moines, IA
Summer, 1943 x Student; Worked x Worked at Des Moines Register and Tribune during high school, starting as a 16-year old sports department office boy, a month before beginning 12th grade.. One semester at Drake. Worked at Register while at Drake.
1944   Drafted; US Army
  18 years old. Camp Dodge, IA;
Late winter, 1944 x US Army x Basic Training; Camp Roberts, CA
Early, 1945 x US Army x 97th Infantry. Troop ship from New York to LaHavre, France. Ship was S.S. Brazil* and was a converted ocean liner.
1943 x US Army x Served in Germany, Czechoslovakia, etc.
The 97th Infantry in Czechoslovakia
1945-46 x US Army x Troop ship to Japan. Located at 97th Division Headquarters about 50 miles from Tokyo. Headquarters was a Japanese air field.
May, 1946 x Enroute x On troop ship from Japan to Seattle (Ft. Lewis). Then to Fort Leavenworth, KS for muster in May, 1946.
x Student x Drake University for one semester. Transferred to University of Iowa. At University of Iowa from 1946-1950.
1950-55 x Employed x Worked on newspapers in three states, including New York state, eventually returning to Des Moines.
1955-1991 x Employed x

Retired as Administrative Sports Editor for Des Moines Register and Tribune, Des Moines, IA, guiding an 18-person staff of writers and editors. From a beginning at 16 years of age as a sports department office boy in August, 1942 to this.

x Retired x Relocated to Roanoke, VA.
May 26, 2020 Deceased Roanoke, VA. Burial in Des Moines, IA.
*The passenger liner S.S. Brazil was named Virginia until 1937.

S.S. Virginia, a 20,614 gross ton (30,924 tons displacement) passenger liner, was built at Newport News, Virginia, in 1928 for the Panama Pacific Line, which operated a service from New York to San Francisco via Havana and Panama. As part of the formation by President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the Good Neighbor Fleet, Virginia and her two sisters, California and Pennsylvania, were sold to the Maritime Commission in 1937, rebuilt with one funnel instead of two, renamed Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina respectively, and placed on the South American route serving ports between New York and Buenos Aires under the operation of Moore-McCormack Lines.

In March 1942, S.S. Brazil became a War Shipping Administration troop transport, operated by Moore-McCormack. During the rest of the Second World War she made over 30 overseas voyages from United States ports, mostly in the Atlantic. The end of the conflict found her in the Pacific, where she had also operated during part of 1943, and she called at San Francisco in September 1945 for repairs and again in January 1946 before returning to the Atlantic. In March 1946, S.S. Brazil was part of the Army's "bride fleet," which brought wives and children of U.S. servicemen from Europe to the United States. She was released in August 1946 for reconversion to civilian service and rejoined Moore-McCormack in May 1948 on the South American route. S.S. Brazil was placed in the Maritime Administration's James River, Virginia, reserve fleet in December 1957 and was sold for scrapping in January 1964.
S.S. Brazil; 1945-1946 (see text above) Built 1937; Demolished 1964.

US Army Seal

97th Infantry Division

Harold Yeglin
97th Infantry
1st Army, 3rd Army, 8th Army

Combat Infantryman's Badge

1st Army

3rd Army

8th Army
(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: Harold Yeglin's 1943 class page is:
05/18/10. Living in Roanoke, VA. Died 05/26/20.
Music: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
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