North High School Wall of Honor
Dale Dwight Crowell
Class of January, 1933
Killed in Action; October 16, 1942; WWII
Research done by Rick Nehrling, class of 1963 and Claradell Shedd, class of 1953.
Dale Dwight Crowell
Dale was a member of North High's January, 1933 class. While in high school, he was a member of the Dagwell Orchestra, which was a dance band. The dance band leader was Ralph Zarnow, a June, 1932 North High graduate. The band advertised itself as "The Finest Music for Your Dance Parties", and booked their engagements through the Zarnow Entertainment and Orchestra Services which, in 1932, was located at the Royal Union Life Building in Des Moines. In 1995, Zarnow Entertainment and Orchestra Services was still booking engagements through its office located at 1181 9th Street in Des Moines.

In the military, Dale's next of kin is listed as Mrs. Marie J. Allinson, his stepmother, at 1514 11th Street, Des Moines, IA. Dale was a Corporal in the US Marine Corps Reserves. He was killed in action (KIA) on Guadalcanal on October 16, 1942 during WWII. His listed next of kin then was his wife, Mrs. Dale D. Crowell (Betty), who lived at 1811 Arlington Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa. Dale Crowell's service number was 375089.
Above: 1995 listing
Zarnow Entertainment & Orchestra Service
1181 9th Street, Des Moines
Photo at left: Dagwell Orchestera
second from left, Dale Crowell;
third from left, Ralph Zarnow;
fifth from left, Roy Ramsay
Dale Dwight Crowell
Year x Rank/Event x Status
Summer, 1933 x Graduated x Graduated from North High School
date x Employment/
x Des Moines, IA?
March 23, 1942 x Enlisted
US Marines
x San Diego training. 2nd Signal Company
March, 1942 x US Marine Corps x San Diego Training. 5th Recruit Training Battalion, MCB, San Diego
1942 x US Marine Corps x Assigned Base Headquarters Company in the Marine Band, MCB, San Diego
June, 1942 x US Marine Corps x To Samoa. Assigned H& S Company, 22nd Marines (Rein), 3rd Marine Brigade
July, 1942 x US Marine Corps x To H & S Company, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division
August, 1942 x US Marine Corps x to Guadalcanal from Samoa
Sept-Oct 1942 x US Marine Corps/
x Combat operations
October 16, 1942 x Deceased x Killed in action during Enemy Naval Bombardment
aft October 16, 1942 x Buried x Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, IA
Glendale Cemetery; Des Moines, IA
The above information was obtained from the following:
(1) The State Summary of War Casualties from World War II for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Pesonnel was compiled in April 1946 by the Casualty Section, Office of Public Information, Navy Department. It is considered to be the official list of the World War II dead for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. These records can be found online at

All of the names and information in this document are arranged by State. Within this document the Navy states the following: "Inclusions of names in this State group has been determined solely by the residence of next of kin at the time of notification of the last wartime casualty status. This listing does not necessarily represent State of birth, legal residence, or official State credit according to service enlistment."

The casualties listed in the document represent only those personnel on "active duty in the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, resulting directly from enemy action or from operational activities against the enemy in war zones from December 7, 1941 to the end of the war." Any casualties in the United States area (training, other assignment to a permanent duty station in the U.S., etc.) or as a result of disease, homicide, or suicide, in any location, are not included.

(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 all North High School graduates can be found online at Index for all years: Dale Dwight Crowell's 1933 class page:
Deceased: KIA; October 16, 1942; Guadalcanal; WWII. Survived by his widow, Betty Crowell, of Portland, OR.
Music: "Over There" by Enrico Caruso
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