North High School Wall of Honor
Edward Newton Aduddell
Class of January, 1946
Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953.
Edward Newton Aduddell
Ed was in the January, 1946 graduating class. At the time, his next of kin was Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Aduddell, 1513 Jefferson Avenue, Des Moines, IA. His service number is 37893545.
Edward Newton Aduddell
Year   Rank   Status
Sept. 9, 1945 x x x Turned 18.
January, 1946 x Graduated x Graduated from North High, Des Moines, IA
January, 1946 x US Army x Drafted into US Army, Des Moines, IA immediately following graduation
January, 1946   US Army x 63rd Infantry Division, Fort Snelling, MN. One month.
date   US Army x Basic training at Fort McClellan, AL. Three months.
date x US Army x Fort McClellan, AL to Fort Benning, GA. Paratroop and glider training.
date x US Army/PFC x Fort Benning, GA to Fort Bragg, NC. 82nd Airborne Division. 20 months.
1947 x Discharged x Discharged at Fort Bragg, NC, Went into US Army Reserves
3 years x Schooling x Grinnell College; Grinnell, IA
Sept. 20, 1950 x US Army Reserves x Recalled to active duty via US Army Reserves
1950 x US Army/PVT/E2 x To Fort Hood, TX for infantry training
October, 1950 x US Army x To Fort Lewis, WA. Flew to Sasebo, Japan where we trained for less than a month. 3rd Infantry Division
1950 x US Army x From Sasebo, Japan to Hamhung, North Korea. Landed in the combat zone in an LST.
1950 x US Army x To Yalu River at border of Manchuria and North Korea
December 24, 1950 x US Army x *Evacuated Hungnam in USS Begor (APD-127). Story and photos below.
January, 1951 x US Army x To Pyongyang, North Korea (capital of North Korea). 7th Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division
February 16, 1951 x US Army x Injured at Han River; shrapnel
June 6, 1951 x US Army x Injured at **Hill 642; shrapnel (Battle of Maehwa-San)
June 27, 1951 x US Army x Promotion to SFC(T)/E7
1951 x US Army x Korea to Fort Lewis, WA
Sept. 10, 1951 x US Army/Sgt FC x Mustered out at Camp Carson, CO
Sept., 1951 x Enroute x Flew back to Des Moines and then back to Grinnell to attend final year of college.
June, 1952 x Graduated x Grinnell College; Grinnell, IA. Met future wife, Nancy, on trip to LaGrange, IL with a buddy who was dating her sister, Janet..
June 27, 19533 x Family x Married Nancy J. Nicolaus in LaGrange, IL
1952-1962 x Employment x In construction work in Des Moines
1964-1989 x Employment x Celotex. 25 years as Sales Manager of Building Products Division. Tampa, Florida, etc., retiring in Overland Park, KS
1989 x Retirement x Relocated to Gravois Mills, MO (Lake of the Ozarks)
*Hungnam, Korea Evacuation; December 24, 1950
Generally described as an "amphibious operation in reverse", the evacuation of Hungnam encompassed the safe withdrawal of the bulk of UN forces in eastern North Korea. It was the largest sealift since the 1945 Okinawa operation. In barely two weeks, over a hundred-thousand military personnel, 17,500 vehicles and 350,000 measurement tons of cargo were pulled out. In comparison with the retreat in central and western Korea, little was left behind. Even broken-down vehicles were loaded and lifted out. Also departing North Korea through Hungnam were some 91,000 refugees, a large number, but not nearly as many as had gathered to leave.


The first major unit to go was the First Marine Division, which arrived in Hungnam on 10-11 December after its successful fighting withdrawal from the Chosin Reservoir area. The Marines were followed by Republic of Korea troops, the U.S. Army Seventh Division and Third Division. The ROK First Corps was landed at Mukho, on the Korean east coast below the Thirty-eighth Parallel. U.S. forces were mainly taken to Pusan, where the influx initially overwhelmed that port's capacity.

Though the Chinese did not seriously interfere with the withdrawal, the potential threat they represented necessitated a vigorous bombardment by aircraft, artillery ashore and ships' guns. Air cover was available from nearby Yonpo airfield until that was abandoned on 14 December. Thereafter, for the final ten days of the operation, Navy and Marine carrier-borne planes handled the job. Naval gunfire was provided by two heavy cruisers and a battleship plus several destroyers and rocket ships.

On Christmas Eve afternoon, after loading the rear guard and remaining port operations personnel, the Hungnam evacuation was ended with a "bang!" Protecting troops pulled back toward the beach at 1100 hrs. and were all loaded by just after 2 PM. A few minutes later, the demolition order was given and Hungnam's waterfront erupted in a spectacular blast, wrecking the port's facilities and those supplies that had not been worth loading.

(In photo below) Smoke rises over Hungnam's port area as facilties and remaining U.N. supplies are demolished by explosives on the final day of evacuation operations, 24 December 1950.

USS Begor (APD-127) and a motor launch are in the foreground.


**Hill 642 (injured at Hill 642; shrapnel)
The 27th British Commonwealth Brigade launched a simultaneous attack against Hill 703, Hill 752 and Hill 642. The 1st Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highland Regiment was tasked with the capture of Hill 752, 3RAR Hill 703 and 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Hill 642.

At 09:00, the 1st Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highland Regiment secured the foothills that dominated the immediate area of the valley and the 1st Battalion, Middlesex Regiment captured Hill 353 without opposition. While forming up for the attack 3RAR's headquarters received light mortar fire from the right flank without suffering any casualties. As "A" Company and "C" Company 3RAR moved towards Hill 435 across the valley floor, "A" Company came under heavy fire from the village of Chisan to the right. The ROK 6th Division had failed to attack as ordered with the result that the right flank of the brigade was exposed. 2 Platoon from "A" Company assaulted the village of Chisan, killing 30 enemy soldiers, before heavy mortar and machine gun fire forced the platoon to withdraw. "A" Company suffered two killed and seven wounded]

"C" Company 3RAR had continued towards its objectives, and by 15:00 was pinned down just below the ridgeline of Hill 703 and remained in the position throughout the night. The 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and 1st Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highland Regiment were able to secure Hill 642 and Hill 752 without opposition. With the ROK 6th Division still not having moved forward, "C" Company 1st Battalion, Middlesex Regiment protected 3RAR's right flank.

On 12 March, "C" Company had moved onto the crest and advanced to Hill 703 at 06:30. "B" Company and "D" Company 3RAR, moved up to consolidate the newly captured Hill 703, which had been abandoned hurriedly during the night. The United States 7th Marine Regiment moved forward and secured the right flank of the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade.

Fort Lewis, WA left: Fort Lewis, WA
left below: Fort Snelling, MN
left below: Fort McClellan, AL
left below: Fort Benning, GA
below: Fort Bragg, NC
Fort Hood, TX
Camp Carson, CO
Right photo: Fort Benning;46-47
Fort Benning; 1946-47
Fort Snelling, MN Fort Bragg, NC
Fort McClellan, AL Fort Hood, TX
Fort Benning, GA Camp Carson, CO
Sasebo, Japan 3rd Infantry at Imjin River 1946-47; Fort Benning, GA 1951: Pass in capital of Korea
Sasebo, Japan February 17, 1951:
3rd Infantry at Imjin River
46-47: Fort Benning 1951: Pass in capital of Korea
Hungnam Evacuation; December 24, 1950 USS Begor; December 24, 1950
Hungnam Evacuation; December 24, 1950 USS Begor (Gray Ghost of the Korean Coast); APD-127

US Army Seal


63rd Infantry Division; Fort Snelling, MN


82nd Airborne Division; Fort Bragg, NC

3rd Infantry Division; Hamhung, North Korea
Edward Newton Aduddell
Sergeant 1st Class/E7
Infantry
US Army

Infantry Insignia

July, 1951: In Yokohama on R&R from Korea.


Combat Infantryman's Badge
Glider's Badge



Parachutist's Badge


Sgt 1st Class/E7


7th Infantry Regiment


United National Service Medal/Korea; WWII Victory Medal;
Korean Service Medal w/Three Bronze Service Stars;
Korean Defense Service Medal; Bronze Star; Korean Service Medal; Purple Heart (2)
References
The comprehensive list of names from North High's 1893-2019 graduation classes are from Claradell Shedd's North Des Moines High School website. The names of all North High School graduates can be found online at http://www.ndmhs.com/. Edward Newton Aduddell's 1946 class page can be viewed at
http://www.ndmhs.com/pages/yearclass1946(2006.60).html.
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