North High School Wall of Honor
Donald Warren Buckingham
Class of June, 1945
Donald Warren Buckingham
Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953. As accurate information is received for Donald, it will be entered on this page appropriately. PAGE IN PROGRESS
Donald Warren Buckingham
Donald graduated from North High in the June, 1945 class. His next of kin was Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Buckingham, 3822 Oxford Street, Des Moines, IA. His service number was ___________.
Donald Warren Buckingham
Year x Rank/Event x Status
June, 1945 x Graduated x Graduated from North High.
August 20, 1945 x Enlisted
US Army Air Corps/PVT
x Enlisted at Jefferson Barracks, MO
date x US Army x Two months of Boot Training when and where?
date x Enroute
x When and where?
date x Enroute x When and where?
date x Enroute x When and where?
date x US Army/
x Discharged when and where?
date x Enroute x Train from ? to Des Moines, IA
date x Civilian x Where and when?
date x Married x Married Dorothy S. when and where?
date-Present x Retired x Retired. Living in MN.
**Correct information for Don Buckingham coming: USS General W.A. Mann (AP-112)
The U.S.S. General W.A. Mann (AP 112) was 622' 7" long, had a 75' 9" maximum beam, and a 20,270 ton maximum displacement. It was powered by two DeLaval 8,500 horsepower geared turbine main engines capable of producing a maximum speed of 21 knots.

The peacetime troop capacity was 2,135 and the maximum wartime capacity was 6,800 troops. It had cabins available for 363 cabin-class passengers.

Operating out of Norfolk, Virginia, General W. A. Mann delivered troops and supplies to the North African theater, making four successive round-trip voyages to Casablanca and one to Oran before mid-May 1944. She stood out 5 June 1944 for Oran again and after touching North Africa sailed thence to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to load troops bound for Naples, Italy. General W. A. Mann subsequently visited Oran and Liverpool before returning to New York 14 August. On 2 September the transport got underway for Rio de Janeiro and Naples, returning to Norfolk on 21 October.
***Corrct information for Donald Buckingham coming: USS West Point (AP-23)
Between 15 June 1941 and 28 February 1946, the USS WEST POINT (AP 23) sailed 436,144 nautical miles, and transported 505,020 souls to their destinations all over the world. During that period of time, she never lost a single passenger to hostile action.

WEST POINT had the largest capacity of any USN troopship in service during World War II. On one voyage, she carried over 9,000 people, including the ship's company of approximately 750 sailors and marines. Affectionately called "The Grey Ghost" by her faithful crew, she crossed the Pacific 15 times and the Atlantic 41 times, almost always sailing alone and depending on her speed and maneuverability to avoid the enemy.
Jefferson Barracks, MO
appropriate photos coming: Troop Transports; VA to Italy to VA
USS General Mann (AP-112) USS West Point (AP-23)
**USS General Mann (AP-112) ***USS West Point (AP-23)
photo of Donald photo of Donald
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Donald Warren Buckingham
Infantry Division?
? Army?
US Army

US Army Seal

85th Infantry "Custer" Division

Donald Warren Buckingham
pic coming

5th Army Patch

Staff Sergeant Stripes

Examples: Purple Heart; European-African-Middle East Campaign Medal; Bronze Star
(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: Donald Warren Buckingham's 1945 class page is:
11/16/11. Living in MN.
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