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
Bob Mercier Class of 1948
Coast Guard, 20+ Years Aviator
Brian Kellogg Class of 1969
Air Force, 4 Years I served 4 yrs. active duty,and 20yrs. in the 128th Air National Guard
Charles D. Brunelli Class of 1963
Marine Corps, 4 Years Sargerent, E-5, Vietnam Era 1967-71, Hydraulics and Pneumatics Mechanic- 2nd Marine Air Wing. Maintained A-4E Skyhawk jet aircraft, OV-10 Bronco Observation aircraft, F4-Phantom Attack fighters, UH-1E, UH-1N Huey and Cobra Attack helicopters in support of the Republic of South Vietnam. Schooling and tours of duty included: California, Tennesse, North & South Carolina, Arizonia, Texas, Phillipines and Okinawa. Honorable Discharge.
Cindy (Antczak) White Class of 1986
Army Reserves, 9 Years Served 9 yrs total in both the Army Reserves 84 DIV Rail Trans and the Missouri National Guard. Attended the Drill Academy in 1990-91, graduating with Honors, Soldier of the Year and an Accommedation Metal. Was a Drill in Ft Leonard Wood, MO on and off for 3 yrs. ETS was March 1995.
Derion Cox Class of 2006
Army, 10 Years US Army Sergeant (R) 2007-2008 Mannheim Germany MHC 2008-09 OEF Eastern Africa/Iraq AL Asad 360th Civil Affairs, 2010-2013 Fort Riley, Kansas 1/63 AR, 1/18 IN 1st Infant Division 2011-2012 Operation Iraqi Freedom 1/63 AR 2013-2014 Camp Carroll, South Korea 2/1ADA 2014-2015 Fort Campbell KY 3/187 IN, Rakkasans, Air Assault 2015, August 30 , Retired
Elizabeth Annand Class of 2000
Marine Corps, 5 Years Combat Engineer. Deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and Thailand. Currently stationed in Japan.
Fred Lytge Class of 1960
Navy, 4 Years viet nam
Gary L. Shields Class of 1965
Air Force, 20+ Years â€¢ 3800 hours in cockpit (basic, advanced, instructor flight training in fighter, reconnaissance and tanker aircraft) â€¢ Air Staff program director for UK/FR AWACS programs â€“ from inception for four years â€¢ Air Staff program manager for NATO AWACS programs â€¢ Sponsored to and within Pentagon by USAF vice chief of staff â€¢ Nominated to be speechwriter to USAF chief of staff â€¢ Formal training in four languages [French, German, Icelandic, and Latin]
James Duszynski Class of 1967
Army, 2 Years I was drafted into the Army in January of 69 and after 4 months of state side training I was sent to Vietnam. I was trained for "tube artillery" but on arrival to Vietnam I was sent to a helicopter unit, A 2/20 aerial rocket artillery 1st Cav. Div. We opperated out of Tay Ninh West and being so close to the Cambodian border, the VC & NVA would put us under rocket & mortar attacks almost every day. My worst memory is after being in country for three weeks myself and six other guys were sent out to LZ Caroline to help deffend it. When we arrived there, the arty guys were moving the the artillery guns almost up to the perimitter in preperation for a ground attack. The ground attack came at about 2am and the arty guys were firing point blank with "bee hive" rounds into the wire. We took many casualties that night but "charlie" never got past the wire. I spent close to 15 months in Vietnam, I was awarded the Bronze Star for valor, two Army Commendation medals, one for valor, an air medal for for more than 25 combat missions. I am now in the VA system (11years) and am working very hard to over come PTSD, Diabettis (from Agent Orange) and I can't say enough about the excellent care I have been getting. After almost 40 years I am now enjoying an almost normal life with my wife of 37 years, my son, daughter-in-law and our new grandson Collin. Lif is good.
Jeff Conley Class of 1967
Marine Corps, 2 Years 1st Marine Division, 7th Engineer Battalion, 1st Bridge Co. Vietnam !968-70
Jeff Eisenbach Class of 1988
Navy, 8 Years Helicopter Combat Search & Rescue Swimmer, Persian Gulf War Veteran (Desert Shield, Desert Storm) Awarded Navy Air Medal & Combat Action Ribbon
Jim Duran Class of 1975
Air Force, 20+ Years Master Sergeant (Ret.) USAF. Served 22 years active duty, 1983 to 2004. Satellite Communications, master electronic systems specialist. Served in Combat Communications units and mobile comm units.
John A. Wolfgang Class of 1974
Air Force, 6 Years Trained as a security specialist. Assigned to numerous temporary duty assignments worldwide during 4 years of active duty.Honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant.
John Husty Class of 1968
Navy, 8 Years Field medical corpsman and X-ray tech
John Husty Class of 1968
Navy, 8 Years Corpsman with the Navy but spent 5 1/2 years with the Marines
John Karrer Class of 1941
Navy, 20+ Years Started carrying bed pans and finished as a Health Care Administrator when retired in 1973
John L Karrer Class of 1941
Navy, 20+ Years First assignment= carrying bedpans on hospital ward. Final assignmenr=Hea,lth Care Administrator, Ninth Naval District, Great Lakesm Ill.
Joseph K. Lanza Class of 1982
Army, 20+ Years Army Signal Corps Desert Shield/Desert Storm Iraq Kuwait Germany Korea Turkey
Lance P. Sijan Class of 1960
Air Force, 3 Years Lance Peter Sijan (April 13, 1942 – January 22, 1968) was a United States Air Force officer and fighter pilot. On March 4, 1976, he posthumously received the Medal of Honor, the United States' highest military award, for his selflessness and courage in the face of lethal danger. He gained an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado. He played on the academy's football team for three years, but quit the team in his final year to concentrate on his studies. Graduating in 1965, he was awarded a second lieutenant's commission and began pilot training. After its completion, he was assigned to the 366th Fighter Wing, stationed at Da Nang Air Base, South Vietnam. He flew as a pilot and systems officer in an F-4 Phantom. On the night of November 9, 1967, for his 52nd combat mission, Sijan and pilot Lt. Col. John Armstrong were tasked with a bombing mission over North Vietnam. As they rolled in on their target to release their ordnance, their F-4C was engulfed in a ball of fire, due to the bomb fuses malfunctioning and causing a premature detonation on their release. The Phantom then entered a banking climb before plunging into the jungle. Sijan managed to eject from the aircraft, and a search-and-rescue crew radioed him that they were attempting a rescue. After almost a whole day was spent locating his position and softening up air defences in the area, the SAR forces were finally able to get one of the big Jolly Green Giant helicopters roughly over Sijan's position. During this operation over 20 aircraft were damaged by anti-aircraft fire and had to return to base. One aircraft was shot down, though its pilot was rescued by a helicopter on station. Sijan, refusing to put other airmen in danger, insisted on crawling into the jungle and having a penetrator lowered by the helicopter, instead of sending down the helicopter's Para-Jumpers to carry him. However, the helicopter crew could not spot him in the jungle and after 33 minutes the rescue team, which faced enemy fire and the growing darkness, had to withdraw. Search efforts continued the next day, but they were called off when no further radio contact was made with Sijan. He was placed on MIA status. Sijan had suffered a fractured skull, a mangled right hand, and a compound fracture of the left leg from his rough landing. He was without food, with very little water, and no survival kit; nevertheless, he evaded enemy forces for 46 days (all the time scooting on his back down the rocky limestone karst on which he landed, causing more injuries). He was finally captured by the North Vietnamese on Christmas Day, 1967. Emaciated and in poor health, he still managed to overpower his guard and escape, but was recaptured several hours later. Sijan was transported to a holding compound in Vinh, North Vietnam, where he was placed in the care of two other POWs, Air Force Colonel Robert R. Craner and Air Force Captain Guy Gruters. In considerable pain from his wounds, he suffered beatings and extensive torture from his captors, but never gave any information other than what the Geneva Convention allowed. Suffering from exhaustion, malnutrition, and disease, he was sent to Hanoi. In his weakened state, he contracted pneumonia and died in Hoa Lo Prison (the notorious Hanoi Hilton) on January 22, 1968. First Lieutenant Sijan was promoted posthumously to captain on June 13, 1968. His remains were repatriated on March 13, 1974 and were positively identified on April 22, 1974. He was buried with military honors in Arlington Park Cemetery in Milwaukee. It was Colonel Craner who recommended him for the Medal of Honor. This award was corroborated with Captain Guy Gruters' testimony and Sijan received the Medal of Honor posthumously in 1976.[
Lawrence Gruszecki Class of 1970
Army, 20+ Years Served in Germany (9 years), Korea, Maryland (Ft Ritchie - Site R + Camp David), North Carolina (Ft Bragg), Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Forces Command (Ft McPherson, Atlanta, GA)
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