North High School Wall of Honor
Gerald Clayton Burch
Class of June 1938
Research done by Claradell Shedd, Class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
Gerald Clayton Burch

Gerald graduated in the June, 1938 North High class. He enlisted at the Memorial Armory, East First Street, Des Moines, IA. His service number was 37653434. Gerald's next of kin was listed as Mr. C.W. Burch, 1108 Clark Street, Des Moines, IA. Served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

Gerald Clayton Burch
Year   Rank   Status
June, 1938   Graduated   Graduated from North High School, Des Moines, IA. He was in Home Room 303.
1930 Census x Employed x Living at 1100 Sixth Avenue, Des Moines, IA
date x x Iowa National Guard
18 Jun 1939 Family Married Barbara Faye Young in Des Moines, IA. Barbara Faye Young was North High School, Class of June 1938. (born November 18, 1920; died December 27, 2002)
May 28, 1941 Family Daughter Pamella Sue"Penny" Burch born in Des Moines, IA. Died May 26, 2013. Penny was NHS, 1959.
after 1941 x Family x Married Mary Virginia Kelley Voliva (born 27 April 27, 1922; died July 29, 2004)
December 31 , 1942 x Enlisted x Camp Dodge Herrold, Polk, Iowa, USA
July 6, 1943 x US Army/2nd Lt. x Service Start Date
February 5, 1945 x US Army x Overseas through June 10, 1946
August 23, 1946 x US Army x Overseas through November 1, 1947
May 2, 1949 x 4017 First Street, Des Moines, IA x 1949 WWII Bonus paperwork submitted. Residence shown as 4017 1st Street, Des Moines, IA.
1952 x US Army x Infantry School; Advanced Course
1956 x US Army x Command and General Staff College Graduate; Fort Leavenworth, KS
1961 x University of Omaha x BGE Muni University of Omaha
January 1, 1962 x US Army x Promoted to Major
date x US Army/Lt.Col x Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel
July 7, 1965 x US Army/Col x Promoted to Colonel
March 6, 1968-
Nov 5, 1969
x US Army/Col x Vietnam
March 31, 1978 x US Army/Discharge x Fort Ord, CA. Retirement in Chatsworth, CA
Dec. 10 , 1991 x Deceased x Interred at Los Angeles National Cemetery; Los Angeles, CA. Find-A-Grave Memorial #3693581; Plot C-294, 10
Command and General Staff College, Leavenworth, KS
The United States Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC or, obsolete, USACGSC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, is a graduate school for United States Army and sister service officers, interagency representatives, and international military officers. The college was established in 1881 by William Tecumseh Sherman as the School of Application for Infantry and Cavalry, (later simply the Infantry and Cavalry School), a training school for infantry and cavalry officers. In 1907 it changed its title to the School of the Line. The curriculum expanded throughout World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War and continues to adapt to include lessons learned from current conflicts.

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Gerald Clayton Burch with wife, Mary Virginia Kelley Burch
Colonel Gerald Clayton Burch

Iowa National Guard
Fort Riley, KS Fort Leonard Wood, MO
Los Angeles National Cemetery; Los Angeles, CA; Plot C-294, 10
Gerald Clayton Burch
US Army
US Army seal

7th Infantry Division

1st Infantry Division

Expert Infantryman Badge

US Army Colonel

7th Army

16th Armored Division

7th Infantry Reg

Command and General Staff College

Top: National Defense Service w/1 OLC; Army Commendation w/3OLC; Europe, Africa, Middle East;
WWII Victory Medal; Army Occupation/Germany;
Middle Row: Korean Service; United Nation/Korea; Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation;
Republic of Vietnam Fourragers;
Bottom Row: Vietnam Service; Vietnam Campaign; Bronze Star w/1OLC;
Vietnam Commendation;
Legion of Merit w/1OLC
(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) 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: Gerald Clayton Burch's 1938 class page is:
Died 12/10/91 in Los Angeles, CA.
Music: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
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