North High School Wall of Honor
George Ray McMurray
Class of June, 1943
George Ray McMurray
Research done by Claradell Shedd, Class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
George Ray McMurray
George was a member of North High's class of June, 1943. His next of kin was Arthur R. McMurray who lived at 659 33rd Street and then on 39th near University Avenue, Des Moines, IA. George's service number is XXXX.
George Ray McMurray
Year   Rank   Status
June, 1943   x   Graduated from North High, Des Moines, IA
Summer, 1943 x Student x Drake University for six weeks.
1943   US Army   Enlisted at Camp Dodge, IA. Service number is XXX.
1943 x US Army x Three months of Basic training at Kansas University;
ASTP (Army Specialized Training Program/Engineering)
1943 x US Army/Infantry x Fort Benning, GA/Blackhawk Division
1943 x US Army x Camp Livingston, LA.
1943 x US Army x San Luis Obispo, CA
1943 x x To East Coast via train. Then to France via troop transport.
1945 x US Army/Staff Sgt. x 7th Army/Europe
France, Germany, Austria. Back to Des Moines for furlough.
1945 x x Muskogee, OK. Atomic bomb on August 6, 1945..
August,'45- April, '46 x US Army x To West Coast. Then to Luzon, Philippines (about 60 miles south of Manila)
1946 x US Army/Staff Sgt. x To Fort Leavenworth, KS. Discharged.
1946-1947 x Student x Drake University
1947-1948 x Student x Quebec City, Ontario, Canada;
Studying French at McGill University and Laval University.
1948 x Student x Drake University; Des Moines, IA. Studying Spanish.
Fall, 1948-
x Student x Mexico City College, Mexico City, Mexico.Studying Spanish.
Graduated; 1949.
1949-1955 x Assistantship for
Grad School
x University of Nebraska; Lincoln, NE
Master's degree; Ph.D degree in 1955.
Met wife who was from MT.
1956 x Teaching/1 year x Washington State University; Pullman, WA. Taught German.
1956-1960 x Teaching/4 years x University of Nevada; Reno, NV. Taught French.
1960-1993 x Teaching/35 years x Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. Taught Spanish.
x Retirement in
Helena, MT
x Voracious reader. Has returned to playing the piano (swing).
photo of George   photo of George
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US Army Seal

Blackhawk Division

7th Army

George Ray McMurray
Staff Sergeant
86th Infantry Division
7th U.S. Army

Combat Infantryman's Badge. The Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) established by War Depart. on 10/27/43

photo of George in uniform

Description of medals
(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: George Ray McMurray's 1943 class page is:
04/30/10. Living in MT.
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