Austin High School Alumni

Austin, Minnesota (MN)

Military Alumni

Military High School Alumni

Honoring Our Heroes

This area is dedicated to our alumni that have served or are serving in our armed forces!

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Honored Military Alumni

Allen Ryks
Allen Ryks
Class of 1979
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

Company 1stSgt School of Infantry Camp Pendleton California.
Brent A. Johannsen
Brent A. Johannsen
Class of 1971
Air Force, 4 Years

Ellsworth AFB South Dakota
Bruce P Hemphill
Bruce P Hemphill
Class of 1969
Army, 20+ Years

Maintance, Artillary, Transpertation, Lanes OC
Retired.
Bryon Studer
Bryon Studer
Class of 1983
Army, 20+ Years

25 years US Army service including National Guard and Active Army. Two overseas deployments including 16 months in Iraq with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division. Currently working at Redstone Arsenal, AL.
Bud McPartlin
Bud McPartlin
Class of 1979
Navy, 20+ Years

Machinist Mate, tin can Navy
Carl Swenson
Carl Swenson
Class of 1964
Navy, 6 Years

Data System Transmission Tech. served on DS1 Data System Communication Tech. Served on the
USS Mahan DLG11 and the Communication Station Wahiawa, Hawaii.
Carrol Gene Challgren
Carrol Gene Challgren
Class of 1958
Navy, 4 Years

Four years regular Navy in P2V-5 Neptunes anti-submarine patrol stationed in Hawaii as an Aviation Electronics Technician. 10 years in Navy Reserve as an Aviation Mechanic stationed at Pt. Mugu in California.
Carson (Chuck) Morris
Carson (Chuck) Morris
Class of 1955
Army, 6 Years

Army Security Agency, active and reserve
Cheryl (Dimit) Grove
Cheryl (Dimit) Grove
Class of 1973
Air Force, 20+ Years

Aerospace Ground Equipment Mechanic
Cheryl (Dimit)Grove
Cheryl (Dimit)Grove
Class of 1973
Air Force, 20+ Years

Aerospace Ground Mechanic
Cheryl (Dimit}Grove
Cheryl (Dimit}Grove
Class of 1973
Air Force, 20+ Years

Aerospace Ground equipment mechanic
Dale K. Olson
Dale K. Olson
Class of 1960
Navy, 4 Years

Join in Sept of 1960.
Basic in San Diego.
USS Interpreter AGR14 NORAD Radar Picket Duty
Radar school TI, Calif.
USS John S. McCain DL-3, 3 deployment to WestPac, Atomic Tests Johnston Island.
MN Army National Guard- Rochester,MN
US Navy Reserve (Hospital Corpsman) - Austin, TX
US Marine Corps Reserve (FMF Corpsman) - Austin, TX
Dale Olson
Dale Olson
Class of 1960
Navy, 4 Years

I spent 6 months on the USS Interpreter AG-14 on picket duty supporting NORAD. After Radar school, I spent 3 years on the USS John S.McCain DL-3. I made 3 WesPac deployments and spent 6 months at the Atomic Tests at Johnston Island.
I was a member of the Minnesota Army National Guard as a Combat Medic.
I moved to Texas and joined the Navy reserve as a Hospital Corspman.
I was assigned to the US Marine Corps as I Navy Hospital Corpsman ans spent some time with NMarine Recons Advanced Field Med School at Camp Lejeune, SC.
Dan Page
Dan Page
Class of 1967
Army, 3 Years

Cryptography, Signal Corps
Dave Thul
Dave Thul
Class of 1976
Army, 6 Years

101st Airborne
Del Swatosh
Del Swatosh
Class of 1948
Navy, 20+ Years

Avation Machinest mate served manley in the Pacific on 5 Carriers . retired as a Master chief after 33 years
Dennis Bednar
Dennis Bednar
Class of 1964
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Vietnam 1965-1966 1stAmtrac Bn. Radio Operator. Camp Lejeune North Carolina 1966-1968. Sergeant E-5.
Dennis E Dahlback
Dennis E Dahlback
Class of 1966
Army, 2 Years

Drafted 5/1968, training in Ft Knox, KY & Ft Gordon GA in communications, sent to Chu Lai Vietnam 12/68, got an early out for return to College 12/69, went back to ASJC 1/70, graduated Mankato State 3/73.
James Douglas Shatek
James Douglas Shatek
Class of 1964
Navy, 4 Years

Stationed in Jacksonville, Florida at Cecil Field.
Served on the USS Ticonderoga as an Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class from Oct. 1968 to Sept. 1969. The Vietnam War.
James Finbraaten
James Finbraaten
Class of 1963
Air Force, 20+ Years

Retired to Sun Lakes, Arizona
Jeffery A. Edstrom
Jeffery A. Edstrom
Class of 1977
Air Force, 20+ Years

Over 20 years with the Air Force.
Jerry A. Dahlback
Jerry A. Dahlback
Class of 1966
Air Force, 4 Years

Two year in the States as Weapon's Tech working with Nuclear on B-52s Strategic Air Command. One year Utapao, Thailand conventional weapons and one year Tou-Hoa Vietnam, Tactical Air Command loading F-100's.
Jerry Reshetar
Jerry Reshetar
Class of 1965
Army Reserves, 20+ Years

Infantry and Logistics worldwide. Active and Reserves. Two deploymets. Retired.
Jim Hansen
Jim Hansen
Class of 1966
Navy, 3 Years

Jet engine mechanic
Pensacola Florida
Blue Angels and transient base aircraft
Joe Morrall
Joe Morrall
Class of 1978
Navy, 20+ Years

Best time of my life!
Joe Morrall
Joe Morrall
Class of 1978
Navy, 30 Years

Great career. Lots of travel.
John Clayton
John Clayton
Class of 1967
Army, 2 Years

Served in Viet Nam from 1970-1971. Was a parts specialist, sgt. of the guard, and recon.
John Dorn
John Dorn
Class of 1970
Navy, 4 Years

Served 1974-1978. USS Grand Canyon and USS Guam.
John K Thomas
John K Thomas
Class of 1969
Navy, 21 Years

After flight flew P3’s off west coast and Far East Next tour instructed in T-44’s in flight school. 7 years active duty and 14 years reserves
Jon A. Lane
Jon A. Lane
Class of 1990
Army, 15 Years

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Kelly J. Smith
Kelly J. Smith
Class of 1974
Army, 20+ Years

Several gigs with the MN Guard between active duty enlistments. Spent some time with 1st BN, 75th INF; 158th AVN BN, 101st ABN DIV; last 12 years with 10th SFG. Was supposed to have graduated with the class of 74, but I got a GED in 75. So I don’t know if I belong to 74 or 75.
Larry A. Waters
Larry A. Waters
Class of 1960
National Guard, 28 Years

Retired SGM
Linda Linden
Linda Linden
Class of 1966
Army, 22 Years

Enlisted in 1970 as an Army Security Agency Russian linguist. After graduation from Defense Language Institute West Coast, taught Russian for 2 years at the National Security Agency. Obtained a commission through Officer Candidate School, then served in divided Berlin and 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. After return to the US, taught Russian at West Point, served in the J2 at USCENTCOM, was an intelligence officer for 10th ADA BDE in Germany, operations officer for an intelligence battalion at Ft. Hood, and G2 of the Joint Readiness Training Center. After retiring, joined the federal government as a civilian and served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Linda Linden
Linda Linden
Class of 1966
Army, 20+ Years

22 years in Uncle Sam's Army.
Marc Cleveland
Marc Cleveland
Class of 1964
Air Force, 4 Years

Radar Tech on the AWAC planes Flew the EC121 out of Otis AFB on Cape Cod Mass for 2 1/2 years
Mark Kilgore
Mark Kilgore
Class of 1991
National Guard, 17 Years

Deployed to Afghanistan 2004-05
Michael A. McDermaid
Michael A. McDermaid
Class of 1968
Army, 3 Years

Army Security Agency. Breaking down Russian code for transmittal to NSA. Traffic Analysis
Michael Moore
Michael Moore
Class of 1978
Air Force, 20+ Years

Currently on Active Duty with the US Air Force.
Michael R Gallaher
Michael R Gallaher
Class of 1968
Navy, 20+ Years

Navy Corpsman 1969-1973 Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, VA
Naval Officer 1979-2001 Camp Lejeune, NC; Great Lakes, Ill; USS Belleau Wood LHA-3; Subic Bay,Philippines; Oakland, CA; Fleet Hospital 5, Saudi Arabia; Portsmouth, VA; Rota, Spain
Scott Hughson
Scott Hughson
Class of 1991
Army, 10 Years

Served as a 13 bravo artillery crewman and then as a light wheel vehicle mechanic. My main duty station was Schofield barraks in Hawaii, and Ft Sill Oaklahoma.

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Class of '78

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Our Austin High School military alumni are some of the most outstanding people we know and this page recognizes them and everything they have done! Not everyone gets to come home for the holidays and we want our Austin High School Military to know that they are loved and appreciated. All of us in Austin are proud of our military alumni and want to thank them for risking their lives to protect our country!