Benton High School Alumni

St Joseph, Missouri (MO)

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

Bob Mejia
Bob Mejia
Class of 1951
Air Force, 4 Years

I served my country from February, 1952 to January 1956. I became a Munitions and Special Weapons Specialist after training at Lackland AFB TX, Nellis AFB NV, Fort Campbell KY, I served one year in the Korean War applying some of those skills from July 1952 until July 1953 then the remainder of my enlistment based out of Turner AFB GA on regular TDY'S to Eglin AFB FL., England, France, and North Africa, working in the nuclear weapons loading field. This enabled me to acquire my B.S and later an M. Ed. Degree from MIZZOU.
Bob Mejia
Bob Mejia
Class of 1951
Air Force, 4 Years

USAF Korean War 1952-1953. Senior airman. Munitions and Special Weapons Specialist from 1953 to 1956. USA, Europe, Africa.
BRIAN BURKERT
BRIAN BURKERT
Class of 1980
Army, 20+ Years

RETIRED
Charles Crockett
Charles Crockett
Class of 1990
Air Force, 16 Years

Currently deployed (13th time, 8 to the desert)
David M Delk Sr
David M Delk Sr
Class of 1967
Air Force, 8 Years

I served in the USAF as an Air Traffic Control Operator then Supervisor. Started off at Lackland AFB, TX then on to Biloxi, MS for ATC School for 18 weeks. My first Duty assignment was at McConnel AFB, Wichita, KS. After 2 years at McConnel AFB I received orders for Viet Nam, so I spent 1 year at Phu Cat AFB, Republic of Viet Nam. My next orders sent me to (of all places to go in December) Minot, ND and was that a shock to my system coming from a tropical climate to the coldest winters I had ever experienced. Well after 2 and 1/2 years at Minot, I put in for my base of preference as either Hawaii or Arizona, well I ended up in Tucson at Davis Monthan, AFB where I spent my last years in the Air Force and decided to get out.
Dennis Marshall
Dennis Marshall
Class of 2000
Army, 3 Years

Currently serving in the US Army Reserves as an Ammunition Specialist
Dennis McLaughlin
Dennis McLaughlin
Class of 1963
Army, 4 Years

Served as LRRP/Ranger in Vietnam 1968-1969.
Edward Eugene McClellan
Edward Eugene McClellan
Class of 1966
Army, 2 Years

Proudly served in the US Army 1st Cav Div as a Combat Engineer. Killed in the line of duty during the TET offensive on February 29th, 1968 in Vietnam. Promoted to Sergeant after his death. Awarded Bronze Star and Purple Heart. A true Hero and Soldier's Soldier!
Jennifer Lynn Wood (Perkins)
Jennifer Lynn Wood (Perkins)
Class of 1995
Army Reserves, 8 Years

Jennifer joined the Army Reserves before she graduated Benton High School. She did her basic training shortly after her graduation...
Kenneth Lance
Kenneth Lance
Class of 1988
Army, 20+ Years

Retired
Melissa Martin
Melissa Martin
Class of 2005
Air Force, 4 Years

Communications Signals Intelligence Operator
Michael Conard
Michael Conard
Class of 1986
Air Force, 14 Years

Critical Care Specialist 92-96 Keesler AFB Chief Flight Medic 96-04 180th Airlift Deployed Operation Iraqi Freedom Flt Medic 442nd Fighter Wing 04 to Present
Patrick Ezzell
Patrick Ezzell
Class of 1986
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Seved in a F-4 Squadron. VMFA 235 Kaneohe Hawaii
Richard Miller
Richard Miller
Class of 1978
Army, 6 Years

Recon
Rick Martinez
Rick Martinez
Class of 1974
Army, 20+ Years

Served 1983-2007,83-88 US Army Infantry, 88-07 US Army Ordnance Corps Desert Sheild/Storm 90-91 OIFI-II 03-04/OIF V-VI 06-07
Rodney Sears JR
Rodney Sears JR
Class of 2006
Army, 6 Years

Currently serving as a 88M (Motor Transport Operator) Getting January 2012, that will make it 6 years total
ronnie burks
ronnie burks
Class of 1971
Army, 20+ Years

I served in the military for a total of 24 years retiring from the Army reserves at the rank of Master Sergeant (E-8). I first enlisted in the USAF serving in the Security Police during the close of the Vietnam era right out of high school and served 10 years on active duty. I re-enlisted in the US army reserves and served 14years as infantry tow gunner and Military Police Investigator up to my retirement.
Russell McCamy
Russell McCamy
Class of 1964
Army, 2 Years

Pathfinder 101st Airborne Division 1968 to July 4th 1970
Stephen R simmons
Stephen R simmons
Class of 1965
Air Force, 4 Years

Served 4/68 to 12/71. Weapons control systems for Phantom F4-E fighter jets. Did a tour in Danang Vietnam Nam 1971

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Benton High School Classmates

Rita Atkison
Class of '67

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Class of 67 Picnic by the Lake!

BHS Class of 1967 Picnic by the Lake
All classmates class of 1967 are invited to our Picnic by the Lake on Septem...
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Our Benton 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 Benton High School Military to know that they are loved and appreciated. All of us in St Joseph are proud of our military alumni and want to thank them for risking their lives to protect our country!