North High School Wall of Honor
Robert Ross Wallace
Class of June, 1932
Robert Ross Wallace
Research done by Claradell Shedd, Class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
Robert Ross Wallace

Bob graduated from North High School in June, 1932. His service number was 8603748. Bob's next of kin was listed as Mr. and Mrs. Ross W. Wallace, 3928 8th Street Place, Des Moines, IA.

Robert Ross Wallace
Year   Rank   Status
June, 1932 x 3928 8th Place, Des Moines, IA Graduated from North High School, Des Moines, IA. In 1930, parents lived at 3928 8th Street Place, Des Moines, IA
1932-1944 x Employment x 12 years with Hewitt's Wholesale Food
May 30, 1936 x Family Married Bertha Etta Gibson in Indianola, Warren, Iowa,
1940 x Family x 1940 Census shows 390 Rural, Des Moines, IA (Saylor, Polk, IA)
January 17, 1941 x Family x Daughter Linda Lou Wallace (Lang) born in Des Moines. Linda Lou Wallace (Lang) is NHS June, 1959.
March 17, 1944 x US Navy x Enlisted in US Navy in Des Moines, IA. Boot camp at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, IL
date x US Navy x At Great Lakes, IL; NATTC Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
August 15, 1944 x US Navy/
Ship's cook 3rd class
x Left United States via USS Cumberland Sound (AV-17) to Hawaii, Guam, Ulithi. Japanese captured the ship. Ship liberated through the intervention of The Salvation Army.
November 24, 1945 x US Navy x From Toyko, Japan to the United States
December 14, 1945 x US Navy x Returned to United States
December 17, 1945 x US Navy x Discharged. Where?
aft Dec 17, 1945 x Confined/illness x Sick with yellow fever for an extended period of time.
1949 x Family x WWII Service Paperwork shows residence at Clearview Drive, RFD#4, Des Moines, IA
-1990 x Employment x In dry cleaning business with relatives and then owned Wallace Cleaners at 3513 Ingersoll Avenue. Sold cleaners in 1990.
July 3, 1995 x Deceased x Clive, IA
aft July 3, 1995 x Burial x Des Moines, IA 50314. Highland Memory Gardens
USS Cumberland (AV-17)
USS Cumberland Sound was underway on 28 October 1944, bound for Pearl Harbor carrying six planes, passengers, and cargo. After training in the Hawaiian Islands, she sailed for Eniwetok on 1 December. From 13 December 1944 to 1 January 1945 she completed her training at Eniwetok, then loaded spare parts at Guam and arrived at Ulithi 12 January. She operated search patrols from this base until 24 June, then returned to Eniwetok, where until 7 August she tended the seaplanes of Patrol Bomber Squadron 22. Cumberland Sound rendezvoused with elements of the 3rd Fleet at Okinawa 18 August and sailed to Tokyo Bay, arriving 28 August to set up a seadrome. She remained on occupation duty, conducting search operations and special flights until 24 November when she headed for the United States.
Naval Training Center, San Diego, CA Tokyo Bay, Japan
Great Lakes Naval Training Center, IL **Naval Training Center, San Diego Tokyo Bay, Japan
Federal Building, Des Moines, IA Farragut Naval Training Station, ID
Enlisted at Old Federal Building, Des Moines Naval Training Station, Farragut, ID
****USS Cumberland Sound (AV-17)
USS Cumberland Sound (AV-17) Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
USS Cumberland Sound (AV-17) ribbons
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
August 28, 1945 entering Toyko Bay
USS Cumberland Sound (AV-17) Commanding Officer, Captain Etheridge Grant, USN, (center), checks charts with a Japanese Navy pilot and LT. Rogers, USN, (at right), as the seaplane tender prepares to enter Tokyo Bay, 28 August 1945.
(Robert Ross Wallace was on board ship at this time).
1945: Bob and Bertha Wallace 1945: Bob and Linda Lou Wallace
1945: Bob and Bertha Wallace Bob and daughter
Linda Lou (abt 4 years)
Obtain photo
Robert Ross Wallace; Highland Memory Gardens, Des Moines, IA
Robert Ross Wallace
Ship's Cook 3rd Class
What group?
United States Navy
US Navy Seal

1945: Robert Ross Wallace

US Navy Insignia

Get list of medals: WWII Victory Medal

(Get correct list of medals) Victory Medal
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: Robert Ross Wallace's 1932 class page is:
Died: 07/03/95.
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